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Photo: U-M set to honor legend at dedication

"Once and for all you must know that there's a universe of people outside, and you're responsible to it."
—character Chris Keller to his mother in Act 3 of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons."

This week the campus community will celebrate the life and work of one of its most famous alumni whose plays often stressed social awareness in addition to offering insights into the flaws of his characters. A naming ceremony for the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Drama Center and Arthur Miller Theatre will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 in Rackham Auditorium. The event will include remarks by President Mary Sue Coleman, Regent Andrea Fischer Newman and School of Music Dean Christopher Kendall, with special guests from the Walgreen family. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom will lead a performance of "New York Lights" from his score to the operatic adaptation of Miller's "A View from the Bridge."

George Shirley, the Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Professor of Music, will be the vocalist. The celebration also will include readings from members of the Miller family: sister and actress Joan Copeland and son, producer Robert Miller. Enoch Brater, English and theater professor and Miller scholar, will speak and Laurence Goldstein, editor of the Michigan Quarterly Review, will read from Miller's letters. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)


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