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ATASK honors Hunt


Swanee Hunt, founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG), accepted the Leadership in Advocacy Award from the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) at the group’s 14th annual Silk Road Gala Nov. 3 at the Boston Marriott Copley Plaza Hotel.

An adjunct lecturer in public policy at KSG, Hunt is a former U.S. ambassador to Austria and the president of Hunt Alternatives, a foundation that has committed more than $60 million to providing social change at local, national, and global levels.

ATASK aims to eliminate family violence and to strengthen Asian families and communities. It operates New England’s only multilingual emergency shelter and outreach and education programs for battered Asian families.


Blackbourn’s ‘The Conquest of Nature’ collects third award 






“The Conquest of Nature” by Coolidge Professor of History David Blackbourn has received the George L. Mosse Prize from the American Historical Association (AHA). The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book of “extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity, and originality in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since the Renaissance.”

Chronicling the rise of Germany through the development of the region’s rivers and marshlands, “The Conquest of Nature” had previously received two other awards since its publication in January 2006. It won “Best Book in European History” last year from Buchpreis of H-Soz-u-Kult (the information and communication network of German historians) as well as the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Prize of the Forest History Society for the “Best Book in Forest and Conservation History.”

Blackbourn is the director of the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.


Buchloh awarded Golden Lion at famed Italian exhibition


Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art Benjamin Buchloh has been awarded a Golden Lion Award from the 2007 Venice Biennale. Buchloh was recognized for his contributions to art criticism and art history, in particular for his work on the contemporary era as well as the 1960s and 1970s. The Venice Biennale — an international exhibition devoted to contemporary art, architecture, cinema, dance, music, and theater — last awarded a Golden Lion for art history and criticism 10 years ago.

— Compiled by Andrew Brooks