Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. to Be Honored with Niebuhr Medal
Elmhurst College will confer upon historian and 50-year member of the AHA, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., the prestigious Niebuhr Medal on May 23 in New York. Elmhurst reserves the Niebuhr Medal as its highest honor, and presents it to recipients who have shown “extraordinary service to humanity that reflects the values of Elmhurst graduates Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr,” the noted theologians for whom the award is named. Since its inception in 1995 the Niebuhr medal has been awarded only five times, the first recipient being Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel.
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. is a significant historian, prolific writer, and award-winning scholar. He began his academic career at Harvard, but then went on to be an adviser to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He has written 16 books, two of which won the Pulitzer Prize: The Age of Jackson and A Thousand Days. The American Historical Association has also honored him, presenting him with the 2004 Award for Scholarly Distinction, a prestigious lifetime achievement award. The Niebuhr Medal serves as yet another recognition of value and influence of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. in the field of history.
Adapted from an Elmhurst College press release.
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