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Gutmann awarded Centennial Medal by Harvard

Princeton Provost Amy Gutmann has been awarded a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medal from Harvard University, which bestows the honor annually on graduate alumni who have made exceptional contributions to society.

"As one of our most astute and thoughtful political philosophers, Amy Gutmann has grappled with some of the more vexing issues confronting our democracy," such as race and political responses to racial justice and the place of morality in the making of laws and public policy, Harvard's award citation noted.

Gutmann's latest book, "Identity in Democracy," examines the role of group identity in democratic justice. Her other books exploring democratic principles include "Democratic Education," "Democracy and Disagreement" (with Dennis Thompson) and "Color Conscious" (with K. Anthony Appiah).

The Harvard citation noted that Gutmann's doctoral dissertation, "Equality and the Liberal Tradition," sent "a clear message that here was a vigorous mind, eager to take on the complex issues of liberty and equality in Western society. She has continued as she began. And her students over the years -- as well as those of us who have read and discussed and debated her ideas on how to better our democracy -- are the better for her efforts."

Gutmann has been provost of Princeton since 2001 and the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values since 1990. She earned her Ph.D. in government from Harvard in 1976 and joined the Princeton faculty that same year as a professor of politics. She is the president of the American Society of Political and Legal Philosophy and was founding director of the University Center for Human Values.

Gutmann was honored June 4 along with three other Harvard graduate alumni: Agnes Gund, president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Leon Kass, a bioethicist and the Addie Clark Harding Professor in The College and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago; and William Schneider, CNN's senior political analyst.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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