NYU's Richard Sennett Wins International Henkel Prize for Scholarship in Historical Humanities


New York University Professor Richard Sennett has been named the winner of the 2008 Gerda Henkel Prize, which recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement in the historical humanities. The prize includes a cash award of 100,000 euros ($160,000) and is given every two years by the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Professor Richard Sennett  Photo Credit:  LSE Press Office
Professor Richard Sennett Photo Credit: LSE Press Office

New York University Professor Richard Sennett has been named the winner of the 2008 Gerda Henkel Prize, which recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement in the historical humanities. The prize includes a cash award of 100,000 euros ($160,000) and is given every two years by the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“Richard Sennett is one of today’s leading thinkers,” the selection jury said in announcing the award. “In his widely read books, he effortlessly transcends the boundaries of the humanities, in particular the disciplines of sociology and history, psychology and philosophy. While his immense knowledge and his theoretical consciousness show he is a true academic, his life experience, his spirit and his style prove him to be an artist.”

The prize will be awarded to Sennett at a ceremony on November 10 in Düsseldorf. For more on the Gerda Henkel Prize, go to http://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de.

A renowned social critic, Sennett is the author of: The Culture of the New Capitalism (2006); Respect in a World of Inequality (2003); The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism (1998); Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization (1994); The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities (1990); Authority (1980); and The Fall of Public Man (1977).

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