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WINTER-SPRING 2018

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11 WINTER/SPRING 2018 For more than 30 years, Uof L has recognized the power of great ideas through the Grawemeyer Awards, created by Uof L alumnus and philanthropist Charles Grawemeyer. Winners of the five prestigious awards each receive $100,000. Here are the 2018 winners: Bent Sorensen, Music Composition A triple concerto, "L'Isola della Città" ("The Island in the City"), by Danish composer Bent Sorensen, has been described as "stealthy and subtle" by the New York Times. Sorensen is composer-in-residence at the Danish ensem- ble SCENATET and his music is widely performed. James H. Cone, Religion Renowned theologian James Cone explores how God can transform ugliness into beauty, hope and liberation in his 2011 book, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." Cone is a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York. The university presents the religion prize jointly with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Scott Straus, Ideas Improving World Order In areas of Africa where tensions could escalate into geno- cide, political messages can harm or heal. Scott Straus, who teaches at University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains the patterns and circumstances that can lead to genocide in his 2015 book "Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa." Sara Goldrick-Rab, Education Many young people struggle to pay for college. In her 2016 book, "Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid" and the "Betrayal of the American Dream," Sara Goldrick-Rab calls for an overhaul of the financial aid system. Goldrick-Rab is a professor at Temple University. Robert Sternberg, Psychology There are many types of intelligence that determine success. Cornell University psychologist Robert Sternberg explores the concept of "successful intelli- gence" and explains why IQ and college entrance exams are not accurate predictors of future achievement. Winners will visit Louisville April 10-12 for the Grawemeyer Awards Lecture Series and to receive their awards. The lectures are free and open to the public. A complete schedule is available at grawemeyer.org. 2018 Grawemeyer Awards recognize great ideas Presidential search moving forward The hunt for UofL's next permanent president continues. Roughly 50 applications were submitted for the position, and UofL's Board of Trustees nar- rowed the candidate pool to 10-12 individuals in early March. Those individuals engaged in phone and off-site interviews with Board mem- bers to determine the finalists. Several hundred members of the campus community participated in listening tour sessions in Janu- ary with members of the Board of Trustees and R. William Funk and Associates, the search firm hired by the Board. As a result of the feedback pro- vided at those forums, the Board altered the search process to ensure more input from the cam- pus community. For example, all finalists are encouraged to come to campus for public forums. Finalists who cannot attend public forums will meet with the Council of Academic Officers and the Presidential Search Faculty Consultation Committee in confi- dential small-group meetings. Additionally, the student, faculty and staff constituency groups and the deans will each appoint two individuals to meet with all candidates. The Expanded Search Committee will ensure each college and school has representa- tion in meeting all candidates and making hiring recommendations to the Board. The Board hopes to announce a permanent president in May. ONLINE: Additional information is available at louisville.edu/ presidential-search.

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