Category: Medal Recipients

Each year the recipient of the Wallenberg Medal is invited to present a lecture at the University of Michigan. The medalists take the stage at Rackham Auditorium and share their stories with an audience drawn from our campus and many surrounding communities.

a woman, Safa Aden, with video camera

2019, Safa Al Ahmad

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – Safa Al Ahmad, a Saudi Arabian journalist and documentary filmmaker, received the 2019 Wallenberg Medal from the University of Michigan. She has produced documentaries for the BBC and PBS about...

Bryan Stevenson, 2017 Wallenberg Medal Recipient

2017, Bryan Stevenson

By Jana Wilbricht, Ph.D. Candidate, Communication Studies; Graduate Student Staff Assistant

On the evening of March 7th, 2017, the 25th Wallenberg Medal, the most distinguished award given by the University of Michigan, was presented to civil rights lawyer and social rights activist Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization working to guarantee a legal defense to every inmate on death row in Alabama, in 1989.

Masha Gessen

2015, Masha Gessen

On Tuesday President Mark Schlissel awarded the Wallenberg Medal to Masha Gessen, Russian American author, journalist and activist. The University’s most distinguished award, the medal commemorates Raoul Wallenberg, Michigan Class of 1935, whose actions...

Agnes Heller

2014, Agnes Heller

On September 30, the 2014 Wallenberg Medal is being awarded to Agnes Heller, a distinguished philosopher and Holocaust survivor who seeks to understand the nature of ethics and morality in the modern world, and...

2012, Maria Gunnoe

Maria Gunnoe is a fearless advocate for environmental and social justice. Despite threats and intimidation Ms. Gunnoe works to educate and build citizen advocacy, and to rally communities that face the destruction of their...

Denis Mukwege

2010, Denis Mukwege

Dr. Denis Mukwege is director of Panzi Hospital in the eastern Congo who has treated thousands of women who have suffered extreme physical and emotional trauma from sexual violence that is used as a weapon in the wars of the region.

Lydia Cacho

2009, Lydia Cacho

Lydia Cacho is a journalist, author, feminist and human rights activist. She has spoken out against the abuse of women in Mexico, using the unsolved murders in Ciudad Juárez as a call to action...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

2008, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Archbishop Desmond Tutu rose to international fame during the 1980s as a deeply committed advocate of nonviolent resistance to apartheid. In 1995, Nelson Mandela...