Saturday, October 14, 2017
6:30–9:30 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
Atrium and Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom

Legends Dinner featuring actress Laura Linney

This first-ever signature event will recognize three Adelphi faculty, staff and alumni legends. Attendees will enjoy a seated dinner featuring remarks by President Riordan, the Legend recipients, and a special presentation by headliner actress Laura Linney.

Headlining Guest Laura Linney, Academy and Tony Award-nominated actress, “On Becoming a Legend: How Your Passion Becomes Your Legacy”

Star of stage, film, and screen, Laura Linney is an acclaimed actress and legend. She is the winner of two Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards and a SAG Award. Ms. Linney is also a three-time Academy Award nominee and a four-time Tony Award nominee.

After graduating from The Juilliard School, Ms. Linney went on to appear in leading roles across film, television, and theater. She has won acclaim in such films as Mr. Holmes, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, Mystic River, Love Actually and The Truman Show. Her television credits include the Showtime series The Big C, the HBO miniseries John Adams, Tales of the City, Frasier, and Ozark, on Netflix. Prominent Broadway productions include The Crucible, Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen, Six Degrees of Separation and The Little Foxes.

Ms. Linney has a special connection to Adelphi University—her stepmother is an alumna from the class of 1955 and, as a youth, Ms. Linney often attended the Olmsted Theatre summer camps.


Laura Linney’s respect and gratitude for creative expression is limitless. She is delighted to be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Adelphi Legends Dinner.

» Read Laura Linney’s Biography

Richard Garner, Ph.D., Founding Dean, Adelphi Honors College

Richard Garner, Ph.D., graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Princeton in 1975 with a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures. He received an M.A. in the same field from Harvard in 1976 and an additional M.A. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago in 1980. He received his Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought in 1983 with a dissertation in classics at the same time that he completed a three-year fellowship with the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

Dean Garner has published two books, Law and Society in Classical Athens (1987) and From Homer to Tragedy: The Art of Allusion in Greek Poetry (1990) and has written numerous articles on Greek lyric poetry and tragedy. His honors include the William Clyde DeVane Phi Beta Kappa Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching at Yale (1992), all other major teaching prizes at Yale, and selection as the Loeb Lecturer at Harvard in 1994. During his career, Dean Garner has taught 33 different courses and 22 different tutorials in Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, Russian, French, German, literature, and history. He came to Adelphi in 1994 to create the Honors College and continues as the founding dean of the college. With his most recent gifts to the Honors College scholarship endowments in 2016, Dean Garner became the first employee in Adelphi’s history to join Adelphi’s Million Dollar Donor Round Table.

Carmen de Lavallade ’03 (Honorary), Actress, Dancer and Choreographer, Former Chair, Adelphi Department of Dance

An accomplished dancer and choreographer, Carmen de Lavallade ’03 (Honorary) has amassed more than six decades of professional experience in the field of performing arts. In 1950, she made her debut at the age of 17 with the Lester Horton Dance Theatre in the role of Salome, and in 1954 she made her debut in the Broadway show House of Flowers, written by Truman Capote with music by Harold Arlen.

Shortly after House of Flowers, Ms. de Lavallade followed her cousin, Janet Collins, as principal dancer in Metropolitan Opera productions of Aida and Samson and Delilah. She returned to the Met in 1992 to choreograph Porgy and Bess, Die Meistersinger von Nűrnberg, Rusalka and Lucia de Lammermoor.

Ms. de Lavallade has worked with some of the world’s most exciting choreographers, including her husband, Geoffrey Holder, and Alvin Ailey, Glen Tetley, John Butler, Agnes de Mille and Sophie Maslow. Her film credits include John Sayles’ Lone Star and Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy. She has worked with such icons of the jazz world as Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Benny Goodman and Wynton Marsalis.

Ms. de Lavallade is a 2017 Kennedy Center honoree. She has won numerous awards, including the Dance Magazine Award, the Capezio Dance Award and the Obie Award, as well as the Clarence Bayfield Award, presented by Actors’ Equity for her role of Emilia in Othello with Earle Hyman. She has received honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from Adelphi University, the Boston Conservatory and the Juilliard School. Ms. de Lavallade is currently touring in her one-woman autobiographical show, As I Remember It.

Nicholas Petron, M.A. ’70, Professor and Chair, Adelphi Department of Theatre

Nicholas Petron, M.A. ’70, professor and chair, Department of Theatre, was born and raised in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. His first encounter with “ritual” as an altar boy, supplemented by Saturday acting classes at the Hudson Guild, spurred his passion. His degree in theater from Kansas Wesleyan University was followed by an M.A. in the same from Adelphi University. Professor Petron received his Equity card as the prince in The King and I.

On film, he has worked with Al Pacino, John Cusack, Tim Matheson and Kate Capshaw. A member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actors’ Equity Association, he has numerous commercial credits and won an ACE Award for radio commercial direction. His voice is often heard in Children’s Television Workshop programs.

His stage directing credits include Uncle Vanya; Holy Ghosts; The Rimers of Eldritch; Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; Moonchildren; Steel Magnolias; SubUrbia; and Uncommon Women and Others.

In 2016, Professor Petron was the first performing arts major to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from his undergraduate alma mater. He will be the commencement speaker at Kansas Wesleyan in 2018.

10 under 10 logoAdelphi’s 10 Under 10 Honorees for 2017

Now in its sixth year, Adelphi’s 10 Under 10 recognition program highlights and celebrates young alumni who are distinguished in their professions, invested in the future of Adelphi and our community, and who are already shaping the future. At this Legends Dinner, Adelphi University will honor the 2017 Class of 10 Under 10. Former 10 Under 10 honorees will also be introduced.

This event is open to all.


Pre-registration is required for this event.

Registration fees:

  • Registration before Monday, October 9: $75
  • Registration on or after October 9: $100

» Register online


For further information, please contact:

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