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Public Humanities Award 2021

Save the date! Thursday, May 20, 2021

Public Humanities Award Event
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Established in 1984, the Public Humanities Award luncheon celebrates people who have made an indelible impact on our state through their work in and support of the humanities. This event is Illinois Humanities most important annual fundraiser and enables us to provide free public humanities programs and grants across the state.

Support the Public Humanities Award now!

For information about the Public Humanities Award and Beacon Award including sponsorship opportunities for #PHA21, please contact Magda Slowik at magdalena.slowik@ilhumanities.org or (312) 422-5584.

If you missed it or would like to watch it again, here’s the 2021 Public Humanities Award Celebration:

Past Public Humanities Award Recipients

  • 2020 – Sylvia Ewing and Eve L. Ewing
    2020 Beacon Award Recipient – Weinberg/Newton Gallery

  • 2019 – Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Kerry James Marshall

  • 2018 – Danielle Allen and Mannie Jackson

  • 2017 – Jeanne Gang

  • 2016 – Dr. Walter E. Massey

  • 2015 – Howard Tullman

  • 2014 – Jay Franke and David Herro

  • 2013 – Lisa Yun Lee

  • 2012 – Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill

  • 2011  – John A. Wing

  • 2010 – Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

  • 2008 – Carlos Tortolero

  • 2007 – Barbara Gaines

  • 2006 – Mary A. Dempsey

  • 2005 – The Honorable Abner and Zoe Mikva

  • 1994 – Martin E. Marty, Stanley J. Ikenberry, Richard J. Franke, Chicago Tribune

  • 1993 – Francis J. Pettis

  • 1992 – Nancy Anderson Stevenson

  • 1990 – Bridget Lamont

  • 1989 – Cyrus Colter

  • 1988 – Brena and Lee Freeman

  • 1987 – The Honorable Dawn Clark Netsch and Walter Netsch

  • 1986 – Mary Ward Wolkonsky

  • 1985 – J. Michael Lennon

  • 1984 – John Hope Franklin, Stuart Steuver, The Honorable Jim Edgar, The Honorable Paul Simon, The Honorable Sidney Yates, Louise Año Nuevo Kerr

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