Columbia University professor and literary critic Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, MA ’63, Ph.D. ’67, has won the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy.
The prize, announced June 22, is Japan’s highest private award for global achievement and comes with a cash award of 50 million yen (about $630,000).
Chakravorty Spivak was recognized as “a critical theorist and educator speaking for the humanities against intellectual colonialism in relation to the globalized world.”
The prize is presented annually in three categories (the others are advanced technology and basic sciences), fields not traditionally covered by the Nobel Prize. It recognizes outstanding work in these fields and contributions to humanity. The award will be presented Nov. 10 in Kyoto.