The Public Humanities Award

Given annually by the IHC since 1984, the Public Humanities Award luncheon recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the civic and cultural life of the state through the humanities.

Join us this year as we honor Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, the startup incubator for technologists and entrepreneurs, for fostering a vibrant relationship between the humanities and business through his commitment to diversifying the technology community, encouraging art as a vantage point for expression and digital innovation, and developing an entrepreneurial culture that supports the public good. [Full bio].

Event Co-Chairs
Joel F. Henning
Murray S. Peretz
Richard S. Price
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Palmer House Hilton
Grand and State Ballrooms
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago

For information about sponsorship opportunities, including the purchase of tables, please call Liesl Pereira, IHC Director of Development, at 312.422.5584 or contact by email at

Accommodations for people with disabilities available upon request.

All proceeds from the luncheon will support the programs of the Illinois Humanities Council and its mission to strengthen society by fueling inquiry and conversation about the ideas and works that shape our culture.