Dr Stephen McVeigh, lecturer in War & Society in the Department of American Studies, has been invited to nominate candidates for the 2007 (23rd Annual) Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, in the field of ‘Theatre, Cinema.’
The prize is awarded in three categories (the other two are Advanced Technology and Basic Sciences) to individuals who have “contributed significantly to the progress of science, the advancement of civilization, and the enrichment and elevation of the human spirit.” The laureate will receive a diploma, a Kyoto Prize medal and prize money of 50 million yen ($450,000).
Previous winners of the prize in Arts and Philosophy include Akira Kurosawa (1994), Roy Lichtenstein (1995), John Cage (1989), Peter Stephen Paul Brook (1991), Andrzej Wajda (1987), Karl Raimund Popper (1992), Paul Ricoeur (2000).
Dr. McVeigh was selected as a nominator for this year’s laureate “in view of [his] highly respected contributions in the field of Theatre, Cinema.” Although he has made his recommendation to the Prize Committee, his nomination must remain confidential until the final selection is announced in June 2007.
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