December 2013 Commencement
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|November 25, 2013 |
Theater Critic, Arts Columnist Named Northeastern Commencement Speaker
CHICAGO — Northeastern Illinois University has announced Linda Winer, chief theater critic and arts columnist of Newsday, as the speaker for the institution’s December 2013 commencement ceremony. Winer will also be recognized at the ceremony as Northeastern's 2013 Distinguished Alumna.
Winer, a 1968 graduate of Northeastern’s music program, joined Newsday in 1987 and has been teaching critical writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts since 1992. She was the host of the “Women in Theatre” series on CUNY-TV for five years and hosts the “Women in Theatre” DVD. Winer also teaches regularly at the critics' program of the Eugene O'Neill Center.
Before Newsday, Winer reviewed classical music, and was the chief theater and dance critic of the Chicago Tribune from 1969-1980. She covered the arts at New York Daily News from 1980-1982 and USA Today from 1982-1987. Her work has won first prizes in both criticism and commentary from the American Society of Sunday and Features Editors.
The columnist received a two-year Rockefeller Foundation for the Training of Music Critics in 1968 and was a critic fellow at the American Dance Festival in 1970. She has also won two New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Awards and the New York Newspaper Guild's Page One Award.
Winer has judged multiple awards including the Obie, Astaire, Lucille Lortel and Wendy Wasserstein Awards. She serves on the board of the Burns Mantel Theater Yearbook, “Best Plays,” and is a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle. Winer has been on two Pulitzer Prize nominating juries and judged the Pulitzer Prize for drama nine times, four times as panel chair.
The commencement ceremony for Northeastern Illinois University will take place at the UIC Pavillion, 525 S. Racine Ave. in Chicago on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
About Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University is a fully accredited public university serving 11,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago metropolitan area. NEIU engages its diverse campus community in a rich environment of learning, teaching and scholarship. The University offers more than 80 academic programs in the arts, sciences, education and business. Newsweek magazine has named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth best investment among all universities in the nation and number one in Illinois. The University also is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most diverse universities in the United States and is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
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