WCFIA Director Michèle Lamont Wins Erasmus Prize

December 7, 2017

Image of Michele Lamont at Erasmus Prize ceremony

Center Director Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and of African and African American studies, is the recipient of the 2017 Erasmus Prize. Lamont received the prize due to her “devoted contribution to social science research into the relationship between knowledge, power and diversity.”

The Erasmus Prize is one of Europe’s most distinguished honors. It is awarded annually, by the board of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, to a “person or institution that has made an exceptional contribution to the humanities or the arts, in Europe and beyond.” Former prize winners include A.S. Byatt, Wikipedia, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Ingmar Bergman, Marc Chagall, and dozens of other influential thinkers, creators, and institutions.

A wide range of academic and cultural lectures, conferences, and exhibitions preceded the award ceremony, which was held on November 28, 2017 at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. The award was presented to Lamont by the patron of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.


Left to right: Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Chairman of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation; Her Majesty the Queen; Michèle Lamont; His Majesty the King, Patron of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation; HRH Princess Beatrix; Shanti van Dam, Director of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation in De Burgemeesters Raadzaal (the boardroom of the mayors). Photo credit: Erasmus Prize Foundation

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