Grawemeyer Award Recipients in Louisville This Week

The latest Grawemeyer Award winners will be in Louisville this week to accept their prizes and give free public talks. The University of Louisville has handed out Grawemeyer Awards since 1985, when entrepreneur H. Charles Grawemeyer created the foundation to fund the awards. The awards are given for music composition, world order, psychology and education. […]

Officials Say 2012 Grawemeyer Puts Distance Between U of L and Mortenson

University of Louisville officials say the choice for this year’s Grawemeyer Award in Education moves the award and the school beyond the controversy with this the previous winner. This year’s award was meant for Greg Mortenson, who wrote about his work building schools in Central Asia. Mortenson turned down the award, months after reports surfaced showing […]

Grawemeyer Award for Education Will Go to Stanford Professor

Next year’s Grawemeyer Award for Education will go to a Stanford University professor who was at one point a candidate to be U.S. Secretary of Education. Linda Darling-Hammond will receive the award for her book “The Flat World and Education.” In it, she outlines the need to make education funding and access equal across all […]

Neuroscientists Win 2012 Grawemeyer Award For Psychology

Two neuroscientists from the National Institute of Mental Health are winners of the 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. Leslie Ungerleider and Mortimer Mishkin began working together in the 1970s. In 1982 the pair began publishing their research, which involved studying the brain’s reaction during visual exercises in primates. Further reports focused on circuits in the […]

Professor Wins Grawemeyer Award for Studies of Peacekeeping in the Congo

A political science professor has won the University of Louisville’s 2012 Grawemeyer Award for World Order. Severine Autesserre is an assistant professor at Barnard College and Columbia University, and the author of “The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding.” In her book, Autesserre examines the vast international resources that […]

Finnish Composer Salonen’s Violin Concerto Wins Grawemeyer Award

The 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition will go to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Violin Concerto.” The 30-minute piece debuted in 2009. It is at times somber and at times raucous and discordant. Salonen also believes it is the first time a modern drum set has been incorporated into a violin concerto. Award director Marc Satterwhite makes special […]

Mortenson Declines Grawemeyer Award

Amid allegations that he falsified parts of his best-selling books “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools,” author Greg Mortenson has turned down the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education. Discrepancies between reality and Mortenson’s written accounts of travels in Afghanistan and Pakistan were outlined in a 60 Minutes report in April. The report also […]

UGA Vacates Award for Mortenson

The University of Georgia has vacated a prize that was supposed to be given to author Greg Mortenson. The decision means that this year’s Delta Prize for Global Understanding will not be awarded to anyone. Mortenson is facing accusations of fabricating stories in his best selling book, Three Cups of Tea, which has launched an investigation […]

More Inaccuracies Found in Mortenson’s Accounts

New complaints have been raised against Greg Mortenson’s book “Three Cups of Tea”.  Outside Online, the magazine which had previously published Mortenson’s self-defense interview, is now calling into question his climbing record in the Himalayas as well as the possibility that he accidentally wandered into the village Korphe on his way down from K-2. Mortenson’s book […]

What is Willpower?

STATE OF AFFAIRS 3/14/11: Dr. Walter Mischel’s groundbreaking study of and conclusions about willpower have been applied to everything from early education to weight loss to saving for retirement. His efforts won him the 2011 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. This Monday Dr. Mischel joins us to talk about his work, his discoveries, and what he learned from toddlers and marshmallows.  Listen to the Show