2019 Public Humanities Award Recipients Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Kerry James Marshall

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#PHA19 Recipients Kerry James Marshall and Cheryl Lynn Bruce
#PHA19 Recipients Kerry James Marshall and Cheryl Lynn Bruce

Illinois Humanities strives to strengthen the social, political, and economic fabric of Illinois through constructive conversation and community engagement. As part of that work, we believe it is critical to celebrate the artists, writers, civic leaders, and many others whose work in the humanities improves the civic and cultural lives of Illinoisans.

This year we are thrilled to honor two multi-talented Chicago luminaries, Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Kerry James Marshall, for both their individual achievements and their celebrated collaborations in the arts and humanities.

Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Kerry James Marshall have made lasting contributions using the arts and humanities as powerful tools for social justice, dialogue, and community building in Illinois and beyond. As a couple their collaborations have also left indelible marks on Chicago and cities far beyond. For these reasons and so many more, we are delighted to honor these two artists with the 2019 Public Humanities Award.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 – 12 PM (Doors 11 AM)
InterContinental Magnificent Mile
Grand Ballroom, Fl 7
505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago IL

Guest Chef Q. Ibraheem
Live Music by Reginald R. Robinson
Performance by Victory Gardens Theater

#PHA19 Recipients Kerry James Marshall and Cheryl Lynn Bruce in conversation with Lisa Yun Lee
#PHA19 Recipients Kerry James Marshall and Cheryl Lynn Bruce in conversation with Lisa Yun Lee
2019 Public Humanities Award recipients Kerry James Marshall and Cheryl Lynn Bruce with Illinois Humanities Executive Director Gabrielle Lyon
2019 Public Humanities Award recipients Kerry James Marshall and Cheryl Lynn Bruce with Illinois Humanities Executive Director Gabrielle Lyon

For information about the Public Humanities Award including sponsorship opportunities for #PHA20, please contact Alice DuBose at alice.dubose@ilhumanities.org or (312) 422-5584.

#PHA19 Photos by Eddie Quinones Photography.

Past Public Humanities Award Recipients

  • 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