Acclaimed opera critic and author Karyl Charna Lynn, SOC/MA '80, is a proud supporter of American University. After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Lynn pursued graduate work in communications and media at American University to enhance her career as a correspondent for ZDFGerman Television. At AU she studied film and broadcast journalism in the School of Communication. She credits the university's curriculum with forming the basis for her success as a journalist and writer.
For Lynn, American University's location in the nation's capital provided the perfect avenue for enhancing a career in media, particularly during a time of great national investment in the arts. While a student, Lynn was able to take advantage of Washington's many cultural offerings, expanding the classroom beyond campus to the city itself. She then leveraged her associations to build a reputation as a leader in the field of operatic journalism. Lynn's passion for the opera is evident in her six published books on opera houses, companies, and architecture and the innumerable articles, features, reviews, and profiles she has written for Opera Now, where she is the U.S. correspondent and editor at large.
Lynn recognizes the value of an American University education. In an effort to make opportunities available for the next generation of scholars and to support American University's strategic priority to increase access to higher education, Lynn has chosen to support AU by naming it among the beneficiaries of her charitable estate plan. Lynn's generous commitment will establish an endowed fund intended to further the understanding and appreciation of opera through the support of faculty, guest lecturers, and programming at the University. For Lynn, "Washington is home. I support the institutions here that are important to me and, as an alumna, wanted to be sure American University is among them."
American University is grateful to Karyl Charna Lynn's foresight and salutes the example she sets for the entire AU community.
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