Senator John Heinz

RELATED NEWS

  • Richard Jackson named as recipient of Notre Dame's 2015 Henry Hope Reed Award go >>
  • Rick Lowe is named 2015 Breeden Eminent Scholar Chair at Auburn University go >>
  • James Nachtwey to be honored with lifetime achievement award by American Society of Magazine Editors go >>
  • Mason Bates profiled on radio station WABE in Atlanta go >>
  • John Luther Adams is honored with Columbia Unversity's William Shuman Award for lifetime achievement go >>
  • Dean Kamen is profiled on CBS News Sunday Morning go >>
  • James Nachtwey photographs moments from the new movie "Selma" go >>
  • Jane Lubcheno named first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean go >>
  • Cary Fowler speaks to the New Scientist about the critical need for seed banks go >>
  • James Comer receives the Sidney Berman Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry go >>
  • John Holdren, in his role as the President's science advisor, solicits questions via social media go >>
  • Mildred Dresselhaus the first woman to receive IEEE's highest award, the Medal of Honor go >>
  • Bruce Katz offers a commentary piece on "What the Rise of Retirees and Minorities Means for U.S. Business," in Fortune go >>
  • William Thomas and the Green House Project are profiled in a New York Times article go >>
  • Paul Farmer appears as a guest on The Colbert Report go >>
  • John Luther Adams profiled on Grist.org go >>
  • Arne Duncan writes profile of Salman Khan for Vanity Fair go >>
  • David Heymann is interviewed on CNN about the Ebola vaccine go >>
  • John Holdren discusses climate change with David Letterman go >>
  • Ralph Cavanagh writes Op-Ed on energy for The New York Times go >>
  • Dave Eggers has a new short story in The New Yorker go >>
  • Geoffrey Canada shares Bowdoin College’s highest honor, The Bowdoin Prize go >>
  • Jane Lubchenco is interviewed by Yale Environment 360 go >>
  • James Nachtwey photographs veterans at Walter Reed, for Time go >>
  • John Luther Adams named 2015 Composer of the Year by Musical America Worldwide go >>
  • Abraham Verghese writes on Treating Ebola Without Fear in The New York Times Magazine go >>
  • The Guardian interviews David Heymann on a podcast about the Ebola epidemic go >>
  • Bruce Katz writes on "How universities can renew America's cities," in Fortune go >>
  • Leila Janah spoke at Forbes' inaugural Under 30 Summit on her crowdfunding effort, Samahope go >>
  • Hugh Herr receives the 2014 American Ingenuity Award in Tech from The Smithsonian Institution go >>
  • Jane Lubchenco to receive 2014 Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication go >>
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon headlines Baylor University panel on preserving black sacred music go >>
  • The Harlem Children's Zone headquarters will be renamed the Geoffrey Canada Community Center go >>
  • Rita Dove returns to her hometown of Akron for a literacy event go >>
  • Rita Dove wins the Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry at the 17th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards go >>
  • Dave Eggers interviewed by Detroit-based Model D Media go >>
  • Paul Farmer writes about his first-hand experiences surveying the Ebola outbreaks in Africa go >>
  • Harvard Gazette writes about Paul Farmer's Partners In Health confronting ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone go >>
  • Brenda Eheart's Generations of Hope part of article by Newsweek on multigenerational communities go >>
  • James Balog, 3rd recipient of Dickinson College’s Rose-Walters prize, is profiled by The Sentinel go >>
  • Freeman Hrabowski speaks about his personal history and issues of diversity at Colorado State University go >>
  • TIME celebrates 30 years of James Nachtwey's photography for the magazine go >>
  • Rick Lowe is awarded a 2014 MacArthur fellowship go >>
  • Paul Farmer working on care facility in Liberia to aid ebola patients go >>
  • Abraham Verghese gives TEDMED talk on how he draws from the language of metaphors as a doctor and author go >>
  • Marian Wright Edelman urges states to do more for rural poor children in Huffington Post piece go >>
  • Mason Bates' orchestral piece, Alternative Energy, is reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle go >>
  • Jay Keasling receives the 2014 Economist Innovation Award for Bioscience go >>
  • Sidney Drell co-authors new book on nuclear security go >>
  • Sam Nunn co-authors new book on nuclear security go >>
  • Robert Berkebile selected as 2014 recipient of The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability go >>
  • President of The World Bank, Jim Kim, posts thoughts on a conversation with Salman Khan go >>
  • Sanjeev Arora brings Project ECHO to India go >>
  • Amory Lovins argues that we can reduce fossil fuel use 80 percent with existing technology go >>
  • Scientists You Must Know, from the Chemical Heritage Foundation, presents a short documentary on Robert Langer's life and work go >>
  • Salman Khan writes for Huffington Post on the importance of struggle and mistakes in learning go >>
  • Business Insider profiles Hugh Herr and his evolution from rock climber to bionics inventor go >>
  • Katie Couric talks to Dean Kamen about his 'Luke' prosthetic arm, for Yahoo! News go >>
  • Nancy Knowlton shares her views on the health and future of coral reefs on the Diane Rehm Show go >>
  • Kirk Smith pens editorial for Science on bringing electricity to those who do not have it go >>
  • The premiere of John Luther Adams' "Sila - The Breath of the World" is reviewed in The New York Times go >>
  • Bruce Katz co-authors an article on "A year later, what cities can learn from Detroit's bankruptcy," in Fortune go >>
  • Dean Kamen talks to ZD Net about FIRST, turning innovation into a competition, and why failure is a critical part of the formula for success go >>
  • Leila Janah is interviewed about Samasource on ReadWrite.com go >>
  • Forbes takes a look at Dean Kamen’s Stirling Engine go >>
  • Christopher Field to receive the Roger Revelle Medal from the American Geophysical Union go >>
  • Robert Langer receives 2014 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology from the Inamori Foundation go >>
  • Curt Ellis is interviewed by NationSwell about FoodCorps go >>
  • Sal Khan is interviewed by Katie Couric go >>
  • Bruce Katz co-authors a commentary piece on "Where the American Startup Dream is Moving: Downtown," in Fortune go >>
  • Sanjeev Arora and Project ECHO are profiled by David Bornstein at The New York Times go >>
  • A recent in-depth interview with Peter Matthiessen is published in The Believer go >>
  • Jay Keasling receives one of four 2014 Eni Awards, the 200,000 euro Renewable Energy Prize go >>
  • Joseph DeRisi collaborates on DNA technology that quickly diagnoses a lethal bacteria that put a young boy in a coma go >>
  • ECHO Care, modeled on Sanjeev Arora's Project ECHO, is profiled by the Albuquerque Journal go >>
  • The New York Times writes about John Luther Adams' love of baseball go >>
  • Elizabeth Kolbert examines work and leisure in her review of Brigid Schulte's new book, Overwhelmed go >>
  • Tom FitzGerald accepts presidential nomination to Ohio River commission, ORSANCO go >>
  • Richard Alley describes the impact of melting Antarctic glaciers on sea level rise for Mother Jones' Inquiring Minds podcast go >>
  • Abraham Verghese discusses his advocacy of medical humanism during a visit at the State University of New York at Buffalo go >>
  • Dee Boersma and her 30 years of penguin research is profiled in Audubon magazine go >>
  • Yale Environment 360 asks John Holdren five questions about the National Climate Assessment go >>
  • Joe DeRisi is profiled for the Bay Area Art and Science Interdisciplinary Sessions go >>
  • Sanjeev Arora's Project ECHO and the impact of telemedicine are profiled by the Council of State Governments go >>
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon on receiving the Domestic Human Rights Award from Global Exchange go >>
  • Carol Gilligan gives the inaugural lecture at the Carr Center for Reproductive Justice at NYU School of Law go >>
  • Dean Kamen's electrode-controlled prosthetic arm, named 'Luke' after Luke Skywalker, is approved by the FDA go >>
  • Popular Science profiles Dean Kamen's collaboration on an "eco-community center" which includes his Slingshot water purifier go >>
  • James Nachtwey discusses his experiences covering Afghanistan's civil war in the 90s at Dartmouth University go >>
  • Jane Lubchenco awarded the 2014 NatureServe Conservation Award go >>

The Heinz Awards

2000

Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen receives the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities for his diverse body of fiction and non-fiction works, all of which display his extraordinary scope and versatility. The writer, naturalist, and Zen teacher has been described as "putting his audiences in touch with worlds and forces which transcend common experience."

Considered one of the century's pre-eminent wilderness writers, Mr. Matthiessen has written brilliantly and prolifically about the world's peoples, oceans, forests and wildlife. His books have earned him the highest literary accolades and, just as important, have worked toward the preservation of many of the world's most remarkable and endangered landscapes and inhabitants. His non-fiction, especially The Snow Leopard and The Tree Where Man Was Born, persuasively evoke the beauty and mystery of nature, and, at the same time help to broaden our insight into the lives of the people who were born to the land.

Mr. Matthiessen has also produced critically acclaimed fiction demonstrating an eloquent social consciousness. At Play in the Fields of the Lord, based on his travels to the Amazon, is a story of American missionaries trying to spiritually save a South American tribe. It is a dense, rich book that allowed Mr. Matthiessen to combine his storytelling skills with his abiding concern for man's encounters with nature.

Because of his unique ability to enthrall readers, Mr. Matthiessen is one of the very few American writers to be honored with nominations for the National Book Award in both fiction and non-fiction. Though his non-fiction has received the most acclaim and popularity, Mr. Matthiessen actually prefers writing fiction. His first novel, Race Rock, written in 1954 while he was living in Paris, established him as a serious, disciplined writer of perception and imagination. While in Paris, he co-founded the esteemed Paris Review, one of the most respected English language literary periodicals, that was the first to publish the works of both Jack Kerouac and Philip Roth.

Mr. Matthiessen is also a social activist. In writing about Native Americans (In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and Indian Country), he clearly challenges state and federal policies destroying their land and culture. Sal Si Puedes describes the reforms brought about by migrant farm worker and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. His latest novel, Bone by Bone, completes the ambitious trilogy set in Florida's Everglades launched a decade ago with the haunting Killing Mr. Watson.

Mr. Matthiessen's journeys to Africa, Siberia, Mongolia, Nepal, India and New Guinea began in 1956 and since then both his fiction and his non-fiction have often had the destruction of nature and traditional societies as a theme.

Author William Styron speaks for all of us when he writes: "Peter Matthiessen has created a unique body of work. It is the work of a man in ecstatic contemplation of our beautiful and inexplicable planet - we behold a writer of phenomenal scope and versatility."

Note: This profile is excerpted from the commemorative brochure published at the time of the awards' presentation.


REMEMBERING

Peter Matthiessen passed away on April 5th, 2014.


UPDATES SINCE RECEIVING THE HEINZ AWARD

April 2014 - Mr. Matthiessen’s final novel, “In Paradise,” about a writer venturing to Auschwitz to confront the Holocaust will be published this month by Riverhead Books. - The Washington Post

June 2010 - Peter Matthiessen received the Spiros Vergos Prize for Freedom of Expression from Prague Writers' Festival during its opening night. - Prague Writers' Festival Foundation

November 2008 - Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country is the 2008 National Book Award winner for fiction. - Huffington Post

November 2003 - Peter Matthiessen's latest book End of the Earth is released. The book chronicles four different stages of Matthiessen's travels to Antarctica and is described as "part travel book and part natural history." - The Independent

November 2002 - Matthiessen receives the Lannan Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of a $200,000 grant for exemplary contributions to English-language literature. - Albuquerque Journal

March 2002 - Peter Matthiessen authors In Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes which is about "his encounters with each of the 15 species of crane." - Times International

March 2000 - Peter Matthiessen writes and releases Tigers in the Snow, a book about Siberian tigers and their "often fatal connections that bind the great cats to the rest of creation." - The New York Times
Peter Matthiessen