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School Notes: Yale College
November/December 2014

Five alumni to receive Yale Medal

Five Yale College alumni will receive the AYA’s 2014 Yale Medal, which recognizes and honors outstanding individual service to the university.  This year’s recipients—Sherry Agar ’82; Edward P. Bass ’68, ’72ArtA; Marv Berenblum ’56; Michael Madison ’83; and John M. R. Thomas ’80—will be honored at AYA Assembly LXXIV, held in November in New Haven.

Inaugurated in 1952, the Yale Medal is the highest award presented by the Association of Yale Alumni. Since its inception, the Yale Medal has been presented to 298 individuals, all of whom showed devotion to the ideals of the university and demonstrated their support of Yale through exemplary service on behalf of Yale as a whole or one of its many schools, institutes, or programs.

Alumnus’s screenplay wins Emmy

The Normal Heart, an adaptation of the groundbreaking play by Larry Kramer ’57, won the Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie on August 25. Kramer wrote the screenplay for the movie, which premiered during Memorial Day weekend on HBO. Ryan Murphy directed the film, which starred Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons, among others. Set between 1981 and 1984 in New York City, The Normal Heart tells the story of a gay activist who attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early days of the AIDS crisis.

Dean honored with book prize

The Before Columbus Foundation has honored Yale College dean Jonathan Holloway with the 2014 American Book Award for his book Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940 (University of North Carolina Press). The American Book Awards were created to recognize outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. Winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. The awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writer’s award given by other writers.

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