CTL launches new webpage featuring 2016 Kennedy Prize Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda

by | Aug 22, 2016 | Announcements

Lin-Manuel Miranda receives a painting from Jamie Wyeth with Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. Copyright © 2012 Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

The Center for Teaching and Learning has launched a webpage featuring interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the recipient of the 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Miranda is the composer, lyricist, writer and star of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.

The CTL recorded interviews with Miranda when he visited Columbia University earlier this spring to accept the award. Highlights from the visit include a short interview with Miranda on his experience creating a musical inspired by American history. The CTL also documented Miranda’s visit to a public exhibition by Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library to view a selection of Alexander Hamilton’s original papers and personal artifacts.

The EMK Prize was created by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to honor the life and legacy of her brother Ted Kennedy, the late senator from Massachusetts. The prize is administered annually by the Columbia University Libraries and consists of a $100,000 award.

Miranda’s award-winning musical Hamilton – with book, music and lyrics by Mr. Miranda, in addition to him playing the title role – opened on Broadway in 2015 following a sold-out run at New York’s Public Theater.

Past winners of the EMK Prize include: Suzan-Lori Parks, Father Comes Home from the Wars, Part 1, 2 & 3 (2015); Dominique Morisseau, Detroit ’67 (2014); Dan O’Brien, The Body of an American (2013); and Robert Schenkkan, All the Way (2013).

Related links

Feb-22-2016: Hamilton Wins 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History
Jun-22-2016: Treasures from Columbia Libraries’ Alexander Hamilton Collection Are Open to the Public