Grawemeyer Award winners to give public talks

UofL presents four Grawemeyer Awards each year in music composition, world order, psychology and education. The university and seminary jointly give a fifth award in religion. This year’s awards are $100,000 each. Here’s the schedule for the free, public talks:

    • Minnesota psychologist Irving Gottesman will speak April 10 at noon in Comstock Hall, UofL School of Music. Gottesman won the psychology award for helping explain the basis of schizophrenia and how to classify mental disorders.
    • Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg will speak April 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the ballroom of UofL’s University Club. Sahlberg won the education award for the ideas in his book, “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?”
    • Egyptian-American author Leila Ahmed will speak April 10 at 7 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She won the religion award for the ideas in her book, “A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence from the Middle East to America.”
    • Denver scholar Erica Chenoweth and U.S. State Department strategist Maria Stephan will speak April 11 at 2 p.m. in Chao Auditorium of UofL’s Ekstrom Library. They won the world order award for the ideas in their book, “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Non-Violent Conflict.”
    • Dutch composer Michel van der Aa will speak April 23 at 3 p.m. in Bird Hall, UofL School of Music. He won the music composition award for “Up-close,” a 30-minute virtuoso multimedia cello concerto fusing music and art.

No reservations or tickets are needed for the talks.