"Hamilton" wins 2016 Edward M. Kennedy


Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus
Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton recently won Columbia’s 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. The hip-hop musical based on Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton reimagines the American Revolution and the early years of the Republic with a cast of predominantly Black and Latino actors. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith created the $100,000 prize, administered by Columbia Libraries, to honor her brother, the late senator from Massachusetts. This year’s jury, which included Columbia professors Farah Jasmine Griffin, Rashid Khalidi, and James Shapiro ’77CC, selected Hamilton because it “celebrates the evolving history of the United States, of hip-hop, and of the musical theater.” (For more on Hamilton, see Columbia Magazine’s Winter 2015 feature story “Hamilton is in the House.”) Read more of this article at Columbia Magazine.

CUAAJ Lecture by Architect George Kurumado

On Monday, September 7th, 35 CUAAJ members and friends attended a lecture by Mr. George Kurumado, an architect and managing officer of the TAKENAKA Corporation, 1989, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation,  (who managed the Tokyo American Club project co-designed by the world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli and TAKENAKA Corporation). The lecture focused on value engineering and the corporation’s innovative project proceeding methods which enabled a 30% cost reduction in the construction of the building. The lecture, held in one of the ballrooms of the Tokyo American Club, was followed by small-group private tours of the facility, guided by architects of the TAKENAKA Corporation.

The lecture and the tour were a rare opportunity for us to learn about how building projects are managed by Japanese general contractors, and the guided tour complemented the content of the lecture quite well. Mr. Takeshi Konishi, who designed the Tokyo American Club lighting, also came as a guest speaker and added valuable stories to the night’s lecture.

Attendees included alumni from various Columbia graduate and undergraduate schools, and the reception that followed the tour provided a great networking time.

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On Monday, July 13th, a group of 20 CUAAJ members & friends (including a current Columbia College sophomore) visited EGG JAPAN (Entrepreneur Group for Growing JAPAN), a business creation platform and incubator in the heart of Tokyo.

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