NEC member Harvard University recently announced that the Library of Congress has awarded its President, Drew Gilpin Faust, the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. The $1 million international prize recognizes individuals whose scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped public affairs and civil society, highlighting researchers who have had a major impact on social and political issues through work conveyed beyond the academic community.
Faust is a prolific scholar and historian of the Civil War and the American South. She has written six books, including the Bancroft Prize-winning “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.” She has also been named to the Forbes list of “100 Most Powerful Women,” and was selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2011 to give the Jefferson Lecture. Faust holds honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College, Peking University, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Princeton University, the University of Oxford, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Boston College.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said, “The Library of Congress is thrilled to recognize Drew Gilpin Faust for her extraordinary work researching, writing, and teaching about the fabric of American life. Through her extensive writing about Southern identity, she has explored themes of deep relevance to our national conversation on race and gender. As the first female president of Harvard University, she has also led one of the most esteemed educational institutions in the world through a period of intense growth and transformation.”
The New England Council congratulates President Faust on receiving the John W. Kluge prize, and for her ongoing leadership in the New England higher education community. Read more in The Boston Globe and The Harvard Gazette.