Author of Mideast-Policy Study Wins Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order

November 30, 2009

Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, has won the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, the University of Louisville has announced. Mr. Parsi was chosen for ideas set forth in his 2007 book, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States (Yale University Press).

The award for ideas improving world order is one of five Grawemeyer prizes that are presented each year in recognition of achievements in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each prize carries a $200,000 cash award. The prize for music composition was awarded on Monday to York Hoeller, a professor at Cologne University of Music. Winners in the other three categories—psychology, education, and religion—will be announced later this week.

The awards were created in 1984 by H. Charles Grawemeyer, an industrialist and a University of Louisville alumnus. More information about the Grawemeyer Awards and the Grawemeyer Foundation is available on the organization's Web site.—Charles Huckabee