The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is delighted to announce that its Director, Michèle Lamont, has been awarded the 2017 Erasmus Prize. One of Europe’s most illustrious recognitions, the prize honors individual or group contributions to European culture, society or social science. The prize is named after Desiderius Erasmus, the Dutch Renaissance humanist, and the awards ceremony will be held in November at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. It comes with an award of 150,000 Euros.
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs solemnly acknowledges the loss of one of its founders, Thomas C. Schelling
A Nobel Prize-winning economist and arms control theorist during the Cold War, Schelling passed away on December 13, at the age of 95.
“Tom was not only a brilliant economist, he was a delightful colleague who was a crucial part of the founding faculty of the Center,” remembers Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Faculty Associate, who joined the CFIA in 1961 as a research assistant. Read more about In Memoriam: Thomas C. Schelling, 1921–2016
Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has received a Lifetime Service award. Reich was given the award for his work—spanning more than four decades—in the field of health policy and systems research. The award is given by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSE) and Health Systems Global (HSG).
Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School, was recently named a recipient of the 2017 Breakthrough Paradigm Award. The award, given by the Breakthrough Institute, "recognizes accomplishment and leadership in the effort to make the future secure, free, prosperous, and fulfilling for all the world’s inhabitants on an ecologically vibrant planet." Juma's groundbreaking research in biotechnology and innovation solidifies his position as a thought leader in the fields of science and technology. He will accept this award next summer at the Breakthrough Dialogue, a two-day conference devoted to democracy in the Anthropocene.
Tamar Herzog, Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, was awarded the 2016 James A. Rawley Prize for her book, Frontiers of Possession: Spain and Portugal in Europe and the Americas (Harvard University Press, 2015). The award, given by the American Historical Association, goes to the best book that explores the integration of Atlantic worlds before the twentieth century.
Faculty Associate and director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Susan J. Pharr, also the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics at Harvard University, was awarded a 2016 Japan Foundation Award for her lifetime of work in promoting international mutual understanding, especially between Japan and the United States. Pharr is a widely recognized leader in her field, and holds deep insight into Japanese politics through a comparative politics lens. Every year the Japan Foundation awards individuals and organizations that have helped promote understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries.
Please note that we are in the process of updating the WCFIA website for the upcoming 2016–2017 academic year. Soon our site will include updated information on affiliates, publications, research activities, and more. Stay tuned!
Karl Kaiser, Senior Associate of the Weatherhead Center's Program on Transatlantic Relations and adjunct professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, was awarded the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award. Recipients of this award, given by the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) at Tufts University, typically give a lecture and work with the IGL to create meaningful learning opportunities for its students at their organization or home country.