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Grawemeyer Award Winners Present, Pick Up Prizes

The five 2013 University of Louisville Grawmeyer Award winners are in Louisville this week to receive their $100,000 prizes and give public talks around the city. 

The awards--which began in 1984--acknowledge ideas rather than personal achievements and were created by H. Charles Grawemeyer provided initial financial support.Below is a list of when the award recipients will speak. WFPL spoke with each of the winners last year. Click the names below to see more.

  • 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.

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