Barbara Probst Solomon, a member of the Graduate Writing Program faculty, received the United Nations/Women Together Award this past May at the United Nations. The honor seeks to pay tribute to eight women who "share a dedication to stand out in their individual activities, a commitment to their work, and a devotion to making the world a better place. Their efforts have made them symbols, icons and examples to the women of this century, giving hope for the future and creating a legacy for the next generations." Joining Solomon in receiving this year's award were: Artist Louise Bourgeois, Spanish television journalist Rosa Maria Calaf, Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi, Spanish economist Isabel Estapé, theatrical and television producer Francine LeFrak, Wangari Maathal the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize, and Vasundhara Raje, the first woman Chief Minister of the State of Rajastan.
Among Solomon's achievements are six books, including the prize-winning Arriving Where We Started, numerous articles, and a memoir documentary titled "When the War Was Over," which won the Lancelot Law Whyte award of Boston University for its contribution to modern culture. She is the United States cultural correspondent of El Pais and currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University Menendez y Pelayo in Spain. In addition, Solomon is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the literary journal The Reading Room, which she started in 2002 with the founding board of Larry Rivers, Donald Maggin, Norman Mailer and Saul Bellow. In 2005 she became the first North American and second woman to receive premio Antonio de Sancha, given annually by the Association of Madrid Publishers and Editors to a person distinguished for upholding universal cultural and literary values.
Born in New York City, Solomon graduated from The Dalton School, studied at the Sorbonne and received a B.S. from Columbia University's School of General Studies. Her husband (deceased) was the law professor Harold Solomon. Her daughter Carla Solomon Magliocco, (a graduate of Yale), is a member of the Board of New York University Medical Center and her daughter Maria Solomon, (a graduate of Sarah Lawrence), is a clinical social worker at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic.
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