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Robert Putnam to be Awarded the National Humanities Medal

July 9, 2013

Article by Doug Gavel, HKS Communications

Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), will be honored as one of the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal winners at a White House ceremony on Wednesday July 10. Putnam is cited for "deepening our understanding of community in America."

According to a White House press release, "Putnam’s writing and research inspire us to improve institutions that make society worth living in, and his insights challenge us to be better citizens."

Putnam said, “I’m very gratified to be included in such distinguished company, especially as a social scientist. Most of the credit is due to my remarkable students and research team over the years, who have worked with me to reaffirm the power of community.”

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