Columbia College to give Gordon Quinn Honorary Degree

Kartemquin's co-founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn will receive an Honorary Degree from Columbia College Chicago this May.

Gordon is one of five recipients chosen to represent the fields of film, theater, visual art, architecture and education. His fellow recipients at the May 17-18 commencement ceremonies are architect Jeanne Gang, owner of Studio Gang; Jim Jacobs, actor and co-creator of the musical Grease; Tony Karman, president of EXPO Chicago; and education historian Diane Ravitch.

Read more in the Columbia Chronicle.

Gordon has has been making documentaries that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people for almost 50 years. A mentor to countless emerging and veteran filmmakers, he has also often taken a leadership position on issues affecting the entire field, such as fair use, ethics, and public access to media. His many current projects include '63 Boycott, which he is directing, and Hard Earned, on which he is executive producer.