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Outstanding Alumni

Ernesto Zedillo (PhD Economics, 1981), the Frederick Iseman ’74 Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, has received the 2011 International Award of Lifetime Achievement from the Cristóbal Gabarrón Foundation of Spain. The Foundation, a private, non-profit cultural institution created in 1992, lauded Zedillo’s political and economic reforms as president of Mexico, his role as a fundamental figure in Mexico’s relations with Spain, his reputation as a noted economist, and his academic contributions to Yale. Zedillo served as president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000. In the years since leaving office, he has chaired or co-chaired a number of influential global commissions and task forces, including the UN Commission on Financing for Development, the International Task Force on Global Public Goods, the Commission on the Future of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the International Commission on Modernization of World Bank Group Governance.

Best-selling author and public intellectual Garry Wills (PhD Classics, 1961) has a book coming out in October that examines the writing and staging of Verdi’s three Shakespearian operas: Macbeth, Othello, and Falstaff. In Verdi’s Shakespeare: Men of the Theater (Viking, 2011), Wills considers both London’s Globe Theater and Milan’s La Scala and explores the close working relationships Shakespeare and Verdi had with their performers and producers. He investigates and explains the conditions that enabled Verdi, who spoke no English, to produce these operas, shedding light on the nature of artistic creation. Wills’ collection of personal essays, Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer, originally published in 2010, has just been released in paperback.

Wills’ Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (Simon & Schuster, 1993) won both the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and the National Book Circle Critics Award. His other books include What Jesus Meant (Viking, 2006), Why I Am a Catholic (Houghton Mifflin, 2002), St. Augustine: A Life (Viking, 1999), and several more. A professor of history emeritus at Northwestern University, Wills is also a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other publications. The Graduate School awarded Wills a Wilbur Cross Medal in 1989.

Renée T. White (PhD Sociology, 1995) became dean of the Simmons College School of Arts and Sciences in Boston on September 1. As dean, she will lead the school’s undergraduate women’s college as well as its co-educational graduate programs, both of which are known for integrating liberal arts, professional studies, and experiential learning. She also will oversee educational leadership, financial management, faculty and curricular development, tenure and promotion, community outreach, and resource development.

An expert in gender, race, and HIV/AIDS, White is the co-author of three books, including the acclaimed Spoils of War: Women of Color, Cultures, and Revolutions (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), and author of Putting Risk in Perspective: Black Teenage Lives in the Era of AIDS (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998). She has served as editor of the Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth and the People of Color Caucus newsletter for the Society for Values in Higher Education. She is currently an advisor to the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services. Before joining the Simmons staff, she served as a professor of sociology and Black studies at Fairfield University, where she was the university’s first academic coordinator for diversity and global citizenship. At Fairfield, she also helped develop Service for Justice, a student residential community.

Ernesto Zadillo,
Garry Wills (photo by
Joe Schuyler)
Renée T
. White (courtesy of
Simmons College)