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2013 | Elizabeth Coleman 1974 | Thomas Brockway
2012 | Peter Dinklage ’91 1973 | Senior readings and performance
2011 | Tim Daly ’79 1972 | Jimmy Garrison
2010 | Melissa Rosenberg ’86 1971 | Anaïs Nin
2009 | Hendrick Hertzberg 1970 | Kurt Vonnegut
2008 | Rebecca Tinsley 1969 | Denise Levertov
2007 | Mac Maharaj 1968 | Thomas P.F. Hoving
2006 | Glen Van Brummelen 1967 | Russell Baker
2005 | Jonathan Lethem ’86 1966 | Howard Nemerov
2004 | Shirin Ebadi 1965 | Gene Baro
2003 | Edith Velmans 1964 | William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
2002 | Meredith Monk 1963 | David Riesman
2001 | Rick Moody 1962 | Kenneth Burke
2000 | Gay McDougall ’69 1961 | Henri Peyre
1999 | Peter Hedges 1960 | Francis Fergusson
1998 | Linda Wertheimer 1959 | George Boas
1997 | Jane Alexander 1958 | Jacques Barzun
1996 | Mark Gearan 1957 | Alvin Eurich
1995 | Irene Borger ’71 1956 | Howard M. Jones
1994 | Harvey Lichtenstein ’53 1955 | W. Averell Harriman P ’40
1993 | Kay Crawford Murray ’56 1954 | Franklin Ford
1992 | Harvey Fierstein 1953 | Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
1991 | Harvey Gantt 1952 | Harry Allen Overstreet
1990 | Joan Tower ’61 1951 | Mary Josephine Shelly
1989 | Ellen McCulloch-Lovell ’69 1950 | Reinhold Niebuhr
1988 | Elizabeth Frank ’67 1949 | Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey
1987 | Barbara Lazear Ascher ’68 1948 | Erich Fromm
1986 | Tillie Olsen 1947 | Lewis Webster Jones
1985 | Elizabeth Swados ’73 1946 | Reinhold Niebuhr
1984 | Howard Nemerov 1945 | Justice Frank Murphy
1983 | Frederick Wiseman 1944 | Alexander Meiklejohn
1982 | Joseph S. Murphy 1943 | Robert D. Leigh
1981 | Bernard Malamud 1942 | William Batt
1980 | Elizabeth Swados ’73 1941 | Robert Lynd
1979 | Vivian Gornick 1940 | Henry Wallace
1978 | Mitchell Markowitz ’75 1939 | Dorothy Canfield Fischer
1977 | Elizabeth Holtzman 1938 | Frederick Lewis Allen
1976 | Joseph S. Iseman 1937 | W.H. Kilpatrick
1975 | Carol Channing ’42 1936 | No commencement speaker