The Benton Medal for Distinguished Public Service was created in 1967 and recognizes persons who have rendered distinguished public service in the field of education.
The University of Chicago will award the Benton Medal for Distinguished Public Service to Susanne Ghez, executive director and chief curator of The Renaissance Society, at the University’s 515th Convocation on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Ghez is the 12th recipient of the award, which was created in 1967 to honor Sen. William H. Benton on the occasion of his 25th anniversary as chairman and publisher of Encyclopaedia Britannica. The Benton Medal recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished public service in the field of education, including not only teachers but also anyone who has contributed in a systematic and distinguished way to shaping minds and disseminating knowledge. Past recipients of the award include historian and activist Timuel Black and former US Senator Paul Simon. Nominations for the award are submitted by members of the University of Chicago faculty, evaluated by the faculty Committee on Awards and Prizes, and voted upon by the Council of the University Senate.
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(Image: Susanne Ghez; Courtesy The University of Chicago)