AccoladesJohn Boyer was awarded the 1996 Ludwig Jedlicka Memorial Prize for the best book in modern Austrian history. The prize, awarded for Culture and Political Crisis in Vienna: Christian Socialism in Power, 1897-1918, was presented at a ceremony in Vienna in December. Boyer is Dean of the College and the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor in History.
Wendy Doniger, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor in the Divinity School, was elected President of the Association of Asian Studies. An expert on Hindu mythology and a Sanskrit scholar, she specializes in the culture of South Asia.
John Eaton, Professor in Music, has been awarded a commission by the Fromm Music Foundation of Harvard University. The $7,500 commission is for an opera for instrumentalists called Traveling with Gulliver.
Edgar Epps, the Marshall Field Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Education, has received the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award from the American Sociological Association. The award recognizes scholarly work that promotes racial understanding. Epps is the author or editor of six books, including Black Students in White Schools (1972), Identity and Achievement (1975) and Restructuring the Schools: Problems and Prospects (1992).
Elaine Hadley, Assistant Professor in English Language & Literature, has received the Prize for a First Book from the Modern Language Association of America. The award was presented for Melodramatic Tactics: Theatricalized Dissent in the English Marketplace, 1800-1885, called by the selection committee "a dazzling blend of literature and history" that "is likely to become widely influential."