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John W. Kluge Prize: Drew Gilpin Faust to Make Case for Study of Humanity

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Drew Gilpin Faust – historian, former Harvard University president and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” – will accept the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.

The $1 million Kluge Prize, bestowed through the generosity of the late John W. Kluge, recognizes individuals whose outstanding scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped public affairs and civil society. Administered by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the international prize highlights the value of researchers who communicate not only within the scholarly community but also beyond it.

In accepting the prize, Faust will speak about the importance of the humanities, the challenges facing college and university campuses today, and the questions that have motivated her scholarly work.

Watch the livestream of Faust’s address at loc.gov or on YouTube.

Read an interview with Faust following announcement of the award here.

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