Summer 1999 Emory Magazine

Volume 75
Number 2

Commencement 1999

"May we here today be exhilarated"

Five Receive Honorary Degrees
154th Commencement Facts

Student Awards
Brittain Award: Cameron N. Welborn '99L
McMullan Award: Brant D. Brown '99C

Ones to Watch
Brian M. Oubre'99C
Katrina R. Samuels '99C
Stephanie M. Denton '99C

Kenya K. Hansford '99B
Jason R. Howard '99B

Oxford College Commencement
Millennial musings
"You have given us yourself"

Who Runs Georgia?

Postcard from the Past

Back Cover
The Carlos kylix






Alumni profile


Over the rainbow


Author Jameson Currier ’77C found himself in exceptionally good company this spring. As one of five finalists for a 1998 Lambda Literary Award for gay men’s fiction, Currier rubbed elbows with fellow nominee Michael Cunningham, whose novel, The Hours, took home the Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year. (The “Lammy” ultimately went to Mark Merlis for An Arrow’s Flight. The competition is sponsored by the Lambda Literary Foundation, which is administered by alumnus Jim Marks ’70C.)

All in all, it was a spectacular spring for Currier, a Marietta native who now calls Manhattan home. His Lammy-nominated novel, Where the Rainbow Ends, also topped the general interest best seller list of the Advocate and merited a notice in the March 7 New York Times Book Review.

“From the heady, sexually liberated days of the late 1970s to the cautious, AIDS-aware moderation of the 1990s, Jameson Currier’s first novel tracks a group of lovers and friends from their exuberant early days in Manhattan to their accelerated, often tragic, maturity,” Erik Burns wrote in the Times. “Currier’s novel feels like the fictionalized history of a generation of gay men.”

This is not the first time Currier has tackled the personally difficult, publicly controversial topic of AIDS. His 1993 collection of short stories, Dancing on the Moon, also dealt with the loss and search for meaning provoked by the epidemic. A year later, he scripted the film Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness, which debuted at the Boston Film Festival. He is currently at work on a new novel.—A.B.

Where the Rainbow Ends



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