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Commencement 2002

Commencement address by Arthur Kopit, playwright

Read address by John "Monty" Hobson '02, Senior Class Speaker

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Read Commencement citations for:
Ana Castillo
Scott Cowan
Elizabeth Farnsworth
Robert Gelbard '64
Arthur Kopit

Honorary Degree Recipient Bios:
Ana Castillo
Elizabeth Farnsworth
Robert Gelbard '64
Arthur Kopit


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Ana Castillo
Elizabeth Farnsworth
Robert Gelbard '64
Arthur Kopit


ANA CASTILLO
Doctor of Literature, honoris causa
A celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer, editor, and essayist, Ana Castillo has long been considered one of the nation's leading Chicana voices. Her recent works include the novel Peel My Love Like an Onion, a collection of poetry titled I Ask the Impossible, and the children's book My Daughter, My Son, The Eagle, The Dove: An Aztec Chant. She has received numerous prizes for her writing and editing, and The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded her fellowships in fiction and poetry. Her essays blend history, sociology, and political commentary to analyze the 500-year-old history of Mexican and Amerindian women in this country and to find for them a place in race relations that are otherwise too often defined in black and white. She earned a bachelor of arts degree at Northern Illinois University, a master of arts at the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Bremen, Germany. She lives in Chicago.


SCOTT COWAN, FDNY
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa


ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
A senior correspondent for The News Hour on the Public Broadcasting Service, Elizabeth Farnsworth has worked for the show since 1984. She has served as the principal substitute anchor and has covered international events on location in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Haiti, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru, Nicaragua, Korea, Japan, and the U.S., among other places. Last year she reported from Malawi and Botswana on the AIDS crisis in Africa, and she journeyed to Egypt to cover repercussions of the events of September 11. She has produced and directed several hour-long documentaries for PBS. Her television pieces and films have won many awards, and her writings have appeared in prestigious national journals including Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Nation. Farnsworth graduated from Middlebury College and earned a master's degree in history from Stanford University. She lives in Berkeley, California.


ROBERT GELBARD '64
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Ambassador Robert Gelbard graduated from Colby in 1964 and has had a distinguished career in government service, including diplomatic posts as the U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia and more recently the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia. Before the post in Indonesia he was the special representative of the president and the secretary of state for implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords, working to bring peace to the former Yugoslavia. Earlier in his career he served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa, principal assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, and assistant secretary of state for international narcotics control and law enforcement. Gelbard is currently the senior vice president for international affairs and government relations for ICN Pharmaceuticals. After earning a bachelor's degree in history at Colby, he served in the Peace Corps and earned a master's degree in public administration at Harvard University. His daughter, Alexandra, is a junior at Colby. He lives in Washington, D.C.


ARTHUR KOPIT
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Acclaimed American playwright and Tony Award winner Arthur Kopit is known for biting satire and bitter humor in his timely and topical plays. Kopit won the 1982 Tony Award for Best Musical as book author of Nine. He first was regarded as a theatrical innovator in the 1960s for his parodies, including Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad and The Day the Whores Came Out to Play Tennis. He is the author of Indians and Wings, both Tony Award nominees and Pultizer Prize finalists. He also has written scripts for several television miniseries. Kopit recently adapted the script of his information-age thriller BecauseHeCan into a screenplay, and his current projects include Discovery of America, a play based on the journals of Spanish conquistador Cabeza de Vaca, and the musical Tom Swift and the Secrets of the Universe. He graduated from Harvard University and currently lives in New York City.

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