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WINTER-SPRING 2014

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1 0 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U News & Impact Grawemeyer Awards go to fi ve winners Diane Ravitch Djuro Zivkovic Antonio Damasio Jacques Hymans A Bach-inspired piece for chamber orchestra and books offering new insight on evangelical Christians, nuclear weapons, education reform and decision-making earned 2014 Grawemeyer Awards in late November. Serbian-born composer Djuro Zivkovic, University of Southern California scholars Jacques Hymans and Antonio Damasio, New York University education historian Diane Ravitch and Stanford University anthropology professor Tanya Luhrmann received the $100,000 prizes. Here's why: Music Composition Zivkovic, a 38-year-old violinist and violist who teaches at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, wrote "On the Guard- ing of the Heart," a 20-minute instrumental cantata for a 14-piece orchestra described as having "unnatural, echoing beauty." Ideas Improving World Orde r Hymans, an international relations associ- ate professor at USC, explained in his book "Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians and Proliferation" how manage- ment by dictatorial leaders has hindered efforts by developing nations to build nuclear weapons. Psychology Damasio, a professor of psychology, neuroscience and neurology at USC, did pioneering research on how emotions inf uence the way people make decisions, a f nding that has had a major impact in the study of drug addiction, social commu- nication, education and law. Education Ravitch, a New York University education research professor, showed in her book "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education" why public school reform has failed in the United States. Religion Luhrmann, a Stanford University psycho- logical anthropologist, studied Vineyard Christian Fellowship, an evangelical church whose members speak in tongues and pray for healing, and found they had trained their minds to experience God through prayer. Charles Grawemeyer, a UofL alum and philanthropist, created the awards in 1984. The 2014 winners are scheduled to give public talks in Louisville in April. Read more about them at grawemeyer.org. Tanya Luhrmann U L _ 1 0 1 0 UL_10 10 1 / 2 4 / 1 4 9 : 5 2 A M 1/24/14 9:52 AM

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