2016 Public Humanities Award Recipient Dr. Walter E. Massey

Walter Massey in his officeThroughout his career as a scientist and an educator, Massey has championed the development of creativity in young people, has increased access to education, and has strengthened the ties between the humanities and the sciences.

“Walter is a beloved figure in Chicago,” Angel Ysaguirre, our Executive Director noted. “The respect that he has earned from the cultural, civic, and corporate leaders of this city is a testament to his belief in the importance of the humanities to the strength of our civic life and the need for providing access to all people.”

Honorary Co-Chairs

The Honorable Bruce Rauner, Governor, State of Illinois
The Honorable Mark Kirk, Senator, State of Illinois
The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago

Event Co-Chairs

Amina Dickerson
Mae Hong
John W. McCarter, Jr.

Past Public Humanities Award Recipients

  • 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