On Monday November
7, 2005, The Breukelein Institute once again confered its Gaudium
Award upon a quartet of remarkable men and women. Held during its
annual fundraising dinner in the intimate and elegant Lotos Club,
this year’s honorees are listed below.
The Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes
is an American Baptist Minister. Since 1974, he has served as Plummer
Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial
Church at Harvard University. Widely regarded as one of America’s
most distinguished preachers, Professor Gomes’ best-selling
books include: The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Heart and
Mind (1996), Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living
(1998) and The Good Life: Truths that Last in Time of Need
(2002) and Strength for the Journey (2004).
Robert Osborne has been the host
of “Turner Classic Movies” since its inception. He is
the official historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences as well as former president of the Los Angeles Film Critics
Association. His book, 75 Years of Oscars, has been called
“the most comprehensive and definitive book ever done on the
subject.” He is a recipient of a Golden Mike for Excellence
in Broadcasting and an Emmy nomination for Best Host Moderator.
Jane Powell is part of what film
lovers call the golden age of the studio system. For 15 years she
starred in some of MGM’s most joyous movie musicals. Her performances
in Royal Wedding (1951) and Seven Brides for Seven
Brothers (1954) exhibit her mature and special gifts. She has
set house records for her touring stage performances in classic
musicals and comedies. Recently, she was featured singing again
in Stephen Sondheim’s most recent musical, Bounce.
Diane Ravitch is Research Professor
of Education at New York University. Dr. Ravitch holds the Brown
Chair in Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. From 1991
to 1993 she was Assistant Secretary of Education in the administration
of President George H.W. Bush. Among the eight books she has authored,
her most recent titles include The Language Police: How Pressure
Groups Restrict What Students Learn (2003) and Left Back:
A Century of Battles over School Reform (2000).