LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Winners of the 2001 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Awards will be in Louisville April 1 through April 4 to share their knowledge with students, faculty, staff and the local community. The lectures are free and open to the public.

    James L. Kugel, winner of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, will speak Sunday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. A Harvard University professor, Kugel won the award for his book “The Bible As It Was.” The religion award is presented jointly by the seminary and U of L.

    University of Pittsburgh anthropologist Janine Wedel, winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, will speak Monday, April 2, at 11 a.m. in the Ekstrom Library Auditorium on Belknap Campus. Wedel won the award for her book “Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe 1989-1998.”

    Education award winners William G. Bowen and Derek Bok will speak Tuesday, April 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the University Club. Bowen is president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Bok is former president of Harvard. They received the award for their study “The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions.”

    The lectures will conclude Wednesday, April 4, with a presentation by psychology award winners Michael Posner, Marcus Raichle and Steven Petersen. They will speak at noon in Floyd Theater of the Student Activities Center. Posner, founding director of the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Raichle and Petersen, professors at Washington University in St. Louis, will discuss their pioneering work in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

    The winners will receive Grawemeyer medallions and will be honored at a private dinner.

    French composer Pierre Boulez, winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, will come to Louisville in the fall.

    For more information, call Paul Weber, director of the Grawemeyer Awards program, at (502) 852-3305, or visit the Grawemeyer Awards web site at

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.