Founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Chair Emeritus of the NYU Board of Trustees
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Martin Lipton is a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and specializes in advising major corporations on mergers and acquisitions and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy. Lipton holds an LLB from NYU School of Law and a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Chairman of the NYU School of Law Board of Trustees from 1988–1998, and as Chairman of the NYU Board of Trustees from 1998–2015.
Lipton has been involved with the NYU community for more than 64 years. He met the three partners with whom he founded Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz while on the staff of the NYU Law Review and later spent 20 years as a lecturer and adjunct professor at the Law School teaching securities regulation and corporate law.
Throughout his illustrious career, Lipton has been instrumental in the continued growth of NYU and has used his talents to navigate New York City through a financial crisis, act as special counsel to the Department of Energy, help initiate NYU Law School’s faculty research program, and contribute to leading law journals. He has been awarded the University and Law School’s highest honors—the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal, the Presidential Citation, and the Albert Gallatin Medal.
Lipton is also an emeritus member of the Council of the American Law Institute; and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Judicial Administration, the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York, serving as its Co-chair from 2004-2006; the American Academy of Arts & Science; the International Advisory Council of Guanghua School of Management of Peking University; a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur; an honorary Chair of The American College of Governance Counsel; and an Emeritus Chairman of Prep for Prep.
Pulitzer Prize-, Academy Award-, and Tony Award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and theatre and film director
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John Patrick Shanley graduated as valedictorian from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development with a degree in educational theatre. Shanley is a Pulitzer Prize-, Academy Award-, and Tony Award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and theatre and film director; his theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world.
Shanley began his career as an off-Broadway playwright and has amassed an impressive portfolio of award-winning plays and films. He made his Broadway debut in 2005 with Doubt: A Parable, which received outstanding praise from critics and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play. The play was adapted into a film directed by Shanley, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep; it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.
Shanley is also well-known for his 23 plays including Prodigal Son; Outside Mullingar, which received a Tony nomination; Danny and the Deep Blue Sea; Savage in Limbo; Italian-American Reconciliation; Welcome to the Moon; Four Dogs and a Bone; Dirty Story; Defiance; and Beggars in the House of Plenty.
Shanley has attracted enormous success with his screenwriting. He has nine films to his credit, including Moonstruck, a romantic comedy starring Nicholas Cage and Cher, inspired by the Italian-American families Shanley encountered growing up in the Bronx. Shanley received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film. His other films include Five Corners, which was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Barcelona Film Festival; Alive; Joe Versus the Volcano, which he also directed; and Live from Baghdad, an Emmy-nominated television movie about journalists who covered the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
In 2009, The Writers Guild of America awarded Shanley the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing.
A groundbreaking performer, she made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on a Broadway stage, as the role of Anna in Deaf West's 2015 revival of Spring Awakening.
Ali Stroker became the first actress in a wheelchair to graduate from the NYU Tisch drama department, earning a degree in fine arts. A groundbreaking performer, she made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on a Broadway stage, as the role of Anna in Deaf West's 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. A humanitarian and advocate, Stroker is a co-chair of Women Who Care, which supports United Cerebral Palsy of NYC; and is a founding member of Be More Heroic, an anti-bullying campaign.
After graduating from Tisch, Stroker auditioned for The Glee Project and was cast for the 12-episode series, placing second in the final episode and securing a guest role on season four of Glee.
Her performance in the role of Olive in The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned her a Barrymore Award nomination and exceptional acclaim when reprised at the Papermill Playhouse, thirty minutes from her hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. In addition to her work on and off-Broadway, Stroker has enjoyed solo performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and New York's Town Hall, as well as concert appearances at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.
Stroker has just landed a series regular role on ABC's new drama 10 Days in the Valley starring Kyra Sedgwick.
A humanitarian and advocate, Stroker is a co-chair of Women Who Care, which supports United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. She is also a founding member of Be More Heroic, an anti-bullying campaign which tours the country connecting with thousands of students each year. Her devotion to educating and inspiring others brings Stroker to South Africa with ARTS InsideOut, where she holds theater workshops and classes for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS. Stroker’s remarkable ability to improve the lives of other people through the arts, whether they be disabled or not, is captured in her principle of “Making Your Limitations Your Opportunities.”
This award is presented annually to a humanitarian within the NYU community who embodies and exemplifies the characteristics promoted by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—"a vision of peace, persistence in purpose, and inspirational action."
Imam Khalid Latif (CAS ’04) is the University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the Muslim Wedding Service, and a partner in the MKO Group.
Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005. In 2007 he committed full-time to the Islamic Center at NYU, where his position was officially institutionalized. Under his leadership, the Center became the first-ever established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the US. Imam Latif's dedication and ability to cross interfaith and cultural lines has brought him recognition throughout the City; At 24, Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated him to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department. He was selected as one of 60 leaders to serve on Mayor Bill de Blasio's Transition Team and appointed to a "Task Force to Combat Hate."
Through his work, Imam Latif has demonstrated an exceptional dedication to gaining and disseminating religious knowledge and values, and has carved out a much-needed space for young American Muslims to celebrate their unique identity and be heard.
In 2012, Imam Latif co-founded the Of Many Institute, a groundbreaking programmatic model for multifaith leadership at the university level. Imam Latif currently serves as a Senior Fellow with OM and co-teaches the popular course "Multifaith Leadership in the 21st Century" with Rabbi Yehuda Sarna. Imam Latif and Rabbi Sarna's friendship and work was documented in Of Many, a film directed by Linda Mills and produced by Chelsea Clinton that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Imam Latif is a sought-after speaker and has been featured in numerous media outlets. He has received numerous awards and honors, most recently receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Theology from Washington & Jefferson College.
The New York University Alumni Association invites you to join New York University President, Andrew Hamilton, NYUAA President Heather Cannady (CAS ’04), and the 2017 NYUAA Alumni Awards Honorees for a luncheon and presentation.
“These honorees are visionaries in their fields, leaders in their communities, and tremendous representatives of the University. We are extremely proud of all they have accomplished.”
—Heather Cannady (CAS ’04), President, NYU Alumni Association
Friday, April 21, 2017 12:00 PM - 2:00 PMEastern Time
Gotham Hall1356 BroadwayNew York, New York 10018USA
NYU Alumni Association
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