Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Recognizes Weatherhead Center Executive Director for "Extraordinary Job Performance"
In May 2008, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) recognized four Harvard employees—the Center’s executive director, Steven B. Bloomfield, among them—for extraordinary job performance. The FAS Administrative/Professional Prize supports one month of travel. Bloomfield has served as the Weatherhead Center’s executive director since January 2006 and first came to the Center in 1993 as director of the Fellows Program. He has recently celebrated 25 years of service to the University. He intends to use the award "to allow for serendipity and service, to find something to do and someplace to be that will make me better in my coming back."
Raymond Georis Prize Awarded to Former Fellow
The 2008 Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy was awarded to Diego Hidalgo. The prize was launched four years ago by the Network of European Foundations’ Mercator Fund, and aims to reward high-impact initiatives that illustrate European leadership. It also seeks to underline the important role that the European philanthropic community plays in promoting peace, security, and development. Hidalgo is founder of the Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE), as well as many other organizations committed to development, democracy, and human rights. He is a former WCFIA Fellow (1994–1995) and an active member of the Weatherhead Center Advisory Committee.
Herbert C. Kelman Receives IPRA Peace Award
The 2008 Peace Award from the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) was awarded to Herbet C. Kelman, Faculty Associate emeritus and co-chair of the Middle East Seminar at the Weatherhead Center. The IPRA award was created to honor leaders of transdisciplinary research on theory and practice toward sustainable peace. Since its inception in 1975, the Middle East Seminar has focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East peace process. Other topics have included state formation, the role of religion in politics, inter-Arab relations, internal social and political developments in particular countries in the Middle East, and the Middle East policies of the United States, the UN, as well as other governments and international organizations. Herbert Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics emeritus at Harvard University, has chaired the seminar since 1978. The award was announced this past July at IPRA’s global conference in Leuven, Belgium.
Boundaries of the Republic Awarded the James Willard Hurst Book Prize
Mary D. Lewis, John L. Loeb Associate Professor in the Social Sciences, received the 2008 James Willard Hurst Prize for her book The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France, 1918–1940. The Law and Society Association awarded her for best work in socio-legal history published in 2007. Her book uncovers the French Republic’s hidden history of inequality as she reconstructs the life stories of immigrants—from their extraordinary successes to their heartbreaking failures—as they attempted to secure basic rights. Mary Lewis has been a Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center since 2000. Her current project, Divided Rule, explores the impact of European imperial rivalry on social life and legal institutions in Tunisia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
After Many Years of Academic Advancement, Lisa Martin Leaves Harvard
Lisa L. Martin, who served on the Weatherhead Center Executive Committee for thirteen years, left Harvard this past summer for a tenured professorship in political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Martin joined the Department of Government as an associate professor in 1992, achieving tenure in 1996. She joined the CFIA in 1994 and served as co-director of the Student Programs for a year. She later became the editor-in-chief of International Organization, a peer-reviewed journal on international relations that was housed at the Weatherhead Center for several years. In 2005, Martin was appointed senior adviser to the dean on matters related to gender, racial, and ethnic diversity at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and she served on the Department of Government Committee on Sexual Harassment and the Standing Committee on Women.
Susan J. Pharr Receives Japanese Imperial Decoration
The Japanese Government, in recognition of Professor Susan J. Pharr’s contributions to the study of Japan, intellectual exchange between the United States and Japan, and the nurturing of scholars of Japan, announced her decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in April 2008. As Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Susan Pharr is one of the leading specialists on Japan in the United States. She is also responsible for two centers supporting Japanese studies and enhancing academic and intellectual exchange on Japan at Harvard: the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations of the Weatherhead Center and the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.
Michael Sandel Honored at APSA Meeting
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government Michael J. Sandel was honored by the American Political Science Association this past August. According to the Gazette, the event "Excellence in Teaching: Honoring the Career of Michael Sandel," included a video presentation on Sandel’s popular undergraduate course "Justice" and comments from his former graduate student teaching fellows, many of whom are currently professors at various colleges and universities across the country. Sandel has taught political philosophy at Harvard since 1980 and is a Faculty Associate of the Weatherhead Center.