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Four Days in New York

Senior awarded prestigious American studies award, trip to New York

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June 7, 2012 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- As one of the nation’s 15 winners of the prestigious Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award, Northwestern University senior Jonathan Green is in New York today (June 8) through June 11 for a series of special presentations, including meetings with eminent scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of historic archives and an awards dinner.

A major in German and in American studies with a philosophy minor, Green was instrumental in organizing Northwestern’s Contemporary Thought Speaker Series, which this year brought renowned Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker to Northwestern.

The winner of a scholarship through the Cambridge Overseas Trust, Green will be studying for a master’s degree in political thought and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge upon graduation from Northwestern.

As an undergraduate, he conducted research projects with professors from across the humanities, including John Wynne in classics, William Haarlow in American Studies, Scott Sowerby in history and Mark Alznauer in philosophy. Some of those projects were picked up and published by undergraduate journals.

While in New York, Green and the other 2012 Gilder Lehrman Award winners will be making stops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Historical Society and the Museum of the City of New York.

Among the scholars with whom they will meet are Columbia University historian Kenneth T. Jackson, a prominent authority on the history of New York City; Carol Berkin, Baruch College historian of the American colonial era; and David Blight, an American historian, Yale University professor and winner of the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Award for best book in non-fiction on racism and human diversity.

Green was very involved with the Undergraduate Budget Priorities Committee, a group that represents students in the annual budgeting process. He is from Jacksonville, Fla.

The Gilder Lehrman History Award is awarded to outstanding college seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies. Since 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has promoted history education through an array of educational programs.

For more information, visit http://www.gilderlehrman.org/