The Horace Mann Medal was established in 2003 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Brown University Graduate School. The award is given annually to a Brown Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field, inside or outside of academia. The medal is awarded at the University's Commencement exercises in May. Any graduate of a Brown advanced-degree program is eligible. The medal, which replaced the Distinguished Graduate School Alumni Award, is awarded at the University's Commencement exercises in May.
The Graduate School issues a call for nominations in September, with a late October deadline. There is no nomination form for this process; however, a letter of nomination is very helpful to the Graduate Council. Nominators should provide as much information as possible about the nominee. Send all nominations to Graduate_Dean@brown.edu.
The final selection process takes place in the fall, in conjunction with the University's selection of honorary-degree recipients. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered in the next round of review.
2012-2013 Horace Mann Medal winner:
Karen L. King ’84 Ph.D.
Karen L. King is the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University. She is the first woman appointed to this, the oldest endowed chair in the United States (1721). Prior to her October 2009 appointment to the endowed chair, she served as the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History. She was first appointed to the Harvard Divinity School in 1998.
Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, she pursues teaching and research specialties in the history of Christianity. Her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of normativity (orthodoxy and heresy), gender studies, and religion and violence.
Her books include The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; What Is Gnosticism?; Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels); and Revelation of the Unknowable God.
She has received research grants and awards for excellence in teaching and research; among them are grants from the Luce Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst, and the Graves Foundation.
Dr. King is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the International Association for Coptic Studies, and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.