ON-Lion Letter
Gertrude Himmelfarb, professor emerita of history at The City University of New York, will receive the third Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) in Washington, D.C.  The award uniquely honors those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of liberal-arts education, core curricula, and the teaching of Western civilization and American history.

"Dr. Himmelfarb's abiding concern with Western political thought and her unparalleled ability to examine contemporary cultural problems through an informed historical lens make her a most fitting recipient of this prestigious award," ACTA president Anne D. Neal said.  "Her career has personified the very best in teaching and scholarship and we are honored to bestow upon her the Merrill prize."

The award will be bestowed on October 5 at the annual gala dinner held in conjunction with ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable at George Washington's Mount Vernon.  The ATHENA -- Alumni and Trustees for Higher Education Accountability -- project is a comprehensive, systematic effort to revitalize trustee leadership as a force for meaningful higher-education reform.
ACTA is a nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to academic freedom, academic quality, and accountability in higher education.  Supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, ACTA is also administratively overseeing E Pluribus Unum:  The Bradley Commission on National Identity.

Photo by Barbara Ries 
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