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  • Winner of the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History Announced

    Published: February 27th, 2017

    NEW YORK, February 22, 2017 – Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: A Radical Fairy Realness Ritual by Taylor Mac and Matt Ray is the 2017 winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Ambassador Smith created the […]

  • Finalists Announced for 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

    Published: February 6th, 2017

    NEW YORK, January 13, 2017 –Columbia University Libraries, on behalf of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, has announced the five finalist works for the 2017 award: Roe by Lisa Loomer, produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, and Arena Stage A 24-Decade History of Popular Music by Taylor […]

  • Hamilton Wins 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

    Published: February 22nd, 2016

    NEW YORK, February 22, 2016— Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is the 2016 winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Ambassador Smith created the prize to honor the life and legacy of her brother, the late senator from Massachusetts. […]

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About Senator Kennedy

Edward M. Kennedy served in U.S. Senate for nearly 47 years. In addition to his political career, he was a avid lover of American History. This prize was created in his name to honor the positive, lasting impact dramatic writing has on culture and society.

Watch: A Video Tribute to Senator Kennedy.

About Ambassador Smith

Jean Kennedy Smith is the sister of Edward M. Kennedy. She is a former United States Ambassador to Ireland, and has received the Medal of Freedom for her commitment to humanitarian work and is an honorary citizen of Ireland for her work in the peace process. She established this Prize to honor her brother’s love of American History and her family’s support of the arts.