Columbia University School of the Arts will hold its Celebration of Graduates at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Miller Theatre on the Morningside Campus. Graduates of the School’s Master of Fine Arts programs in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts and Writing, and the Master of Arts in Film Studies, will be recognized by Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty, and program chairs Ira Deutchman, Sam Lipsyte, Christian Parker, and Shelly Silver.
Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in October 1994, a theatre critic in 2002, and chief theatre critic in 2013. He began contributing to the magazine in 1989, writing pieces for The Talk of the Town. Before coming to The New Yorker, Als was a staff writer for The Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. He has also written articles for The Nation, The Believer, and The New York Review of Books, and collaborated on film scripts for Swoon and Looking for Langston.
Als edited the catalogue for the Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition entitled “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art.” His first book, The Women, was published in 1996, followed by a second book, Justin Bond/Jackie Curtis, in 2010. His most recent book, the acclaimed White Girls, was nominated for a 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction.
Als’s honors and distinctions include the 2004 Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, the 2002-2003 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing in 2000.
Als has taught at Wesleyan, Wellesley, Smith, and the Yale School of Drama. He lives in New York City.
“Hilton Als is a brilliant critic and prose artist whose marvelous work never fails to unravel and rearrange our most entrenched conceptions about aesthetics, social relations, and just about everything else,” said Sam Lipsyte, Chair of the Writing Program at Columbia School of the Arts. “We feel honored to have him.”
“Each year we select an artist working in one of the four disciplines of the School of the Arts—Writing, Film, Visual Arts, Theatre—who exemplifies the creative intensity of our students and faculty, to be our graduation speaker,” noted Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty of Columbia University School of the Arts. “This year we asked the incredible writer Hilton Als. We are thrilled that he has accepted.”
The School of the Arts Celebration of Graduates will be broadcast live from Miller Theatre on Wednesday, May 21st at 2 PM EST. Watch here→