The Breukelein Institute
The Breukelein Institute
Stephen Colbert
Rick Curry, S.J.
Carmen Dell'Orefice
Jhumpa Lahiri
Gaudium Award 2009

On Monday, November 15, 2010, The Breukelein Institute will once again
confer its Gaudium Award upon a quartet of remarkable men and women. Held during its annual fund raising dinner at the Yale Club, this year’s honorees include:

A native of Washington D.C., satirist/author Stephen Colbert grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. Stemming from his experience with the improvisational troupe The Second City, he co-developed the program Strangers with Candy. The later aired on Comedy Central where he joined that channel's The Daily Show in 1997. The Colbert character emerged and led to The Colbert Report in 2005. He has won four Emmys for comedy writing and a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. The author of the best selling, I Am America, he lives in New Jersey with his wife, Evelyn McGee-Colbert, and their three children.

Rick Curry,S.J. entered the Society of Jesus in 1961. Sixteen years later, he became the Founder and Artistic Director of the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, an international theatre arts-training institution for persons with physical disabilities. In 2002, along with his workshop administrators, he began the Wounded Warriors Academy, a writers program for returning wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds a Ph. D. in Theatre from New York University. After more than forty years as a Jesuit Brother, Rick was ordained a priest in 2009.

The daughter of poor Hungarian and Italian parents, Carmen Dell'Orefice was still a teenage ballet student when she was signed to an exclusive contract with Vogue magazine. Since that December of 1946, she has worked with every internationally celebrated photographer including Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst, and Norman Parkinson. She has appeared in fims, on television and has authored a best selling health-beauty book. At 79, she is still one of the most successful working women in the world. She is an iconic beauty whose stamina, endurance and humor have earned her world wide fame and respect.

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. Along with degrees in English, Creative Writing and Comparative Literature, she holds a Ph. D in Renaissance Studies from Boston University Her debut collection of stories,Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and The PEN/Hemingway Award. Her novel, The Namesake, was a New York Times Notable Book and adapted as a fim. Ms Lahiri's second collection of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth, debuted as number one on the New York Times Book Review best seller list. With her husband and two children, she resides in Brooklyn, NY.


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