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The 2017 Grawemeyer Awards Lecture Series presents Play Andrew Norman Winner of the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition April 6, 2017, 3 p.m. School of Music, Bird Recital Hall American composer Andrew Norman will discuss his award-winning orchestral work, Play, which explores the relationship of choice and chance, free will and control. It investigates […]

2017 Grawemeyer Awards Lecture Series

  The Grawemeyer Awards program pays tribute to the power of creative ideas, emphasizing the impact a single idea can have on the world. The 2017 recipients will visit Louisville in April to discuss their award-winning ideas.   The schedule for the 2017 Grawemeyer Awards Lecture Series (view flyer), which is free and open to […]

Past Grawemeyer Religion Award winner Tim Tyson releases new book

New evidence and political history offers a fresh look at the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. The 1955 lynching in Mississippi of a fourteen-year-old African American boy from Chicago named Emmett Till, came in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional. The men accused of the lynching were […]

Martha Nussbaum - 2017 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, 05.01.2017

Former Grawemeyer Award winner in education named the 2017 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities

Martha Nussbaum, world-renowned philosopher, author, law professor and former Grawemeyer Award winner in education is scheduled to deliver the 2017 Jefferson Lecture in Humanities at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Monday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. According to a press release from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Jefferson Lecture is the highest […]

“Mysteries of Human Memory” to air on Kentucky public television

In January, Kentucky’s PBS affiliate, KET, will air a 90-minute Grawemeyer Award in Psychology event, “Mysteries of Human Memory.” The panel discussion, held at the Kentucky Center for the Arts as part of the fall 2015 Grawemeyer Awards 30th Anniversary Celebration, features former Grawemeyer Award in Psychology winners and prominent memory experts Elizabeth Loftus, James […]

Remembering Karel Husa, 1993 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition recipient

The University of Louisville and the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition note with sadness the passing of composer Karel Husa on Dec. 14 at the age of 95.  Husa won the Grawemeyer in 1993 for his Cello Concerto, commissioned and premiered by noted cellist Lynn Harrel.  Mr. Husa had won many other major prizes and […]

Marsha Linehan wins psychology award for Dialectical Behavior Therapy

A University of Washington psychology professor who developed a therapy to treat chronically suicidal patients and extended its power to help people with borderline personality and other disorders has won the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. Marsha Linehan, director of UW’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, Center for Behavioral Technology, was selected […]

Gary Dorrien wins religion award for examination of the Black Social Gospel

The Black Social Gospel emerged from the trauma of Reconstruction to ask what a “new abolition” would require in American society. It became an important tradition of religious thought and resistance, helping to create an alternative public sphere of excluded voices and providing the intellectual underpinnings of the civil rights movement. This tradition has been […]

Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy win education award for “The Political Classroom”

Winners say classrooms are ‘unusual political places’ Immigration. Gun control. Abortion. Gay rights. Religion. Are these and other polarizing topics too controversial to be discussed in today’s high school classrooms? According to Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy, co-winners of the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, teachers should encourage conversations about difficult political […]

Dana Burde receives world order award for “Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan”

Education and political science scholar and former aid worker Dana Burde has won the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for examining the influence foreign-backed funding for education has on war-torn countries and how such aid affects humanitarian and peace-building efforts. Burde, associate professor of international education at New York […]