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The Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture


On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Vivek J. Tiwary, Tony Award-winning producer and New York Times best-selling author, delivered the Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture. City College's students, alumni, faculty and staff were in attendance.

Photos from this event are now available online.

Vivek J. Tiwary is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company, Tiwary Entertainment Group.

Vivek’s graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, based on the untold life story of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, received worldwide critical acclaim and won a number of prestigious literary awards including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Reality-Based Work and two Harvey Awards including Best Original Graphic Novel. It is a Lambda Literary Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, an American Library Association Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and was added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Permanent Collection. The Fifth Beatle is being adapted into a multi-part TV event series that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music. Vivek will be adapting his work for television and serving as executive producer.

Vivek has acquired the TV and film rights to Astronaut Academy, the graphic novel series from bestselling author-illustrator Dave Roman (Agnes Quill), with plans to turn the books into a live-action TV series and a film franchise. Asha Ascending, a young adult novel is Vivek’s first book since The Fifth Beatle, about a teenage programmer and the quest to unlock the code to immortality.  Chapters will be serialized for free at

On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards over 44 Tony nominations. They include Green Day’s American Idiot, A Raisin in the Sun, and Mel Brooks’s The Producers. Vivek is currently working with Alanis Morissette and Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Tom Kitt to adapt Morissette’s breakthrough album, Jagged Little Pill, for Broadway.

Vivek is a magna cum laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. 

About The Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture

This lecture, a component of The Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program at The City College of New York, initiated in 1996, provides an opportunity for members of the college community to interact with outstanding scholars, business leaders, and government officials, enriching the education experience on campus. The Program is also intended to foster communication within the academic community of New York City.

Samuel Rudin, a civic and philanthropic leader in New York City, was a member of the Class of 1918 at The City College and went on to a prominent real estate career. The Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program is supported by a grant from the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.