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Tony Kushner presents opening remarks at the Rubin Museum ceremony honoring archivist Nancy Hatch Dupree (Kabul)

May 9, 2011 – Rubin Museum: The Scone Foundation’s 8th annual Archivist of the Year Award honored Nancy Hatch Dupree, an internationally recognized expert on the history, art, and archaeology of Afghanistan, the Director of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.

Ms. Dupree has been in Kabul since the early 1960s, and has dedicated her life to documenting and preserving Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. She has published five guide books on Afghanistan and over 250 articles on a wide variety of topics relating to the restoration of Afghanistan and its culture.

Tony Kushner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter, whose drama “Homebody/Kabul” was inspired by Ms. Dupree’s “An Historical Guide to Kabul,” presented opening remarks. The Times journalist and author David Rohde introduced the honoree.