Iris Marion Young Award - Call for Nominations | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Iris Marion Young Award - Call for Nominations

Do you know someone who is a leader in the struggle to achieve social justice? If so, we want to hear from you.

The Women’s Studies Program, with contributions from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and others across the University community, has created the Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement to honor those who work to promote justice in the University, at the local or national level, or across the globe.

Like the philosopher and social theorist Iris Young, in whose memory the award is created, the Young Award recognizes that social activism takes many forms. Justice can be pursued in a variety of ways and places—in the classroom and workplace, in organizations, through specific projects, in academic scholarship, in politics and volunteer work. The venue doesn’t matter. The effort and quality of the contribution does.

The Women’s Studies Program invites nominations of any members of the Pitt community staff, graduate students, or faculty—who work to promote social justice and democracy.  The Program invites undergraduates to be nominated for the Iris Marion Young Undergraduate Award.  Because Young’s vision holds gender equity to be an integral component of social justice, the Women’s Studies Program especially welcomes nominations of individuals whose work explicitly engages issues of gender and sexual orientation.

To nominate a candidate for the Iris Marion Young Award, send an email to Include three things: your name and contact information, the nominee’s name and contact information, and a couple of sentences explaining why you are nominating that person. Nominations may also be mailed to the Women’s Studies Program, 2208 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. You and your nominee will be contacted to follow up on your nomination.

For more information about the award, contact the Women’s Studies Program at (412) 624-6485.

Nominations must be received by December 15, 2010.

Nominees’ supporting materials will be due January 7, 2011.

Iris Marion Young, a philosopher and social and political theorist of international renown, was a faculty member in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs during the 1990s. She was a vital member of the Women’s Studies Program and the University community, and she was an activist for gender equity, labor rights, and other forms of social justice. As a scholar, a teacher, and a citizen, she was inspirational.

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