Dallas Institute presents 2018 Hiett Prize in the Humanities Award Luncheon
For 14 years, the Dallas Institute has been awarding a $50,000 prize to a promising individual working in the humanities. This year’s recipient is Dr. Christopher J. Lebron, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fields of Social Theory and Political Philosophy. His work currently focuses on political philosophy, social theory, the philosophy of race, and democratic ethics.
Dr. Lebron has published two books: The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in Our Time, for which he won the American Political Science Association Foundations of Political Theory First Book Prize, and The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of An Idea. The Making of Black Lives Matter presents an intellectual history of the Black Lives Matter movement, tracing its origins and connecting it to the long tradition of the struggle for freedom and equal rights for African Americans that includes such figures as Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, James Baldwin and Martin Luther King Jr.
The luncheon is chaired by Mrs. Brill Garrett. That evening, Dr. Lebron will discuss his work with the public at a free open forum at the Dallas Institute.