Walter Issacson gives the keynote address at the Goldsmith Awards in Political Journalism hosted by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy on Thursday evening evening. Issacson, who is also a Harvard Overseer, accepted the 2016 Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Frank O. Gehry will be the first architect to receive the annual Harvard Arts Medal.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley received an award of appreciation for her calls to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol.
Harvard presents the medals annually to individuals in recognition of extraordinary contributions to African American culture and the “life of the mind.”
In the last 15 years, recipients for the Certificate of Distinction for TFs, TAs, and CAs has increased dramatically, from 350 in the spring of 1999 to 513 in the spring of 2015.
Master of Ceremonies Marc Abrahams, dressed in a suit and a top hat literally topped off with duct tape, announces the winners of the 2015 Ig Nobel Prizes. The extravagant event featured nobel laureates, musical performances, and former prize winners in a crowded Sanders Theatre.
Evelyn B. Higginbotham received the 2014 National Humanities Medal for her research in African American history.
Joined on the stage by former Stanford Law School dean Kathleen M. Sullivan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discussed landmark cases she argued during her career as a litigator.