University of Michigan to Award Wallenberg Medal to Lucas Benitez on October 10, 2023

Benitez has been called “one of the most visible farmworker leaders in the US” by the “Los Angeles Times,” and his work reflects the ongoing need for frontline advocates for vulnerable people in our society. Lucas Benitez, a co-founder of the Florida-based labor and human rights organization the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and a key organizational…

2023, Lucas Benitez

Lucas Benitez, farmworker leader, to receive the Wallenberg Medal and deliver the Wallenberg Lecture Lucas Benitez, a co-founder of the Florida-based labor and human rights organization the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and a key organizational leader and member of the CIW’s Fair Food Program worker education team, will receive the 2023 Wallenberg Medal from…

Honoring Those Fighting to End Gun Violence

On November 14 at 7:30 p.m. the 2018 Wallenberg Medal was presented to youth activists from March For Our Lives (Parkland, FL) and The B.R.A.V.E. Youth Leaders (Chicago, IL) for their fight against gun violence.

Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist Art Exhibition

The exhibition will be on display from Feb. 7 through March 12, 2018, in the Duderstadt Center Gallery on U-M’s north campus. Ann Arbor, MI | January 15, 2018 Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of a 20th-century pioneer and trailblazer. The exhibition will be on display beginning Feb. 7 and…

Bryan Stevenson to Receive Wallenberg Medal

The 2016-2017 Wallenberg Medal will be awarded to civil rights lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rackham Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus. After the medal presentation, Stevenson will give the 25th Wallenberg Lecture. Stevenson is committed to serving the legal needs of…

Exposing the Real Russia under Putin: “Don’t walk the streets. Don’t eat the food. Don’t talk.”

The 2015 Wallenberg Medalist, Masha Gessen, will give the Wallenberg Lecture on November 3 at 7:30 pm in the Rackham Auditorium. Gessen is a highly acclaimed journalist, author, and vocal critic of Vladimir Putin and his government’s corruption, repression of human rights, and intervention in former nations of the Eastern Soviet Bloc, Ukraine, and Syria.…

Masha Gessen to Receive Wallenberg Medal

The 2015 Wallenberg Medal will be awarded to Russian and American journalist, author, and activist Masha Gessen on Tuesday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m., in Rackham Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus. After the medal presentation, Gessen will give the 24th Wallenberg Lecture. Gessen is a prolific writer about political and cultural affairs in…

Seventy Years Ago

On January 17, 1945, Raoul Wallenberg was arrested by forces of the Soviet Union in Debrecen, Hungary. He disappeared and was never seen again. But his conviction endures that one person can make a difference.

Denis Mukwege Wins the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

As the director of the Panzi Hospital, Dr. Mukwege has been a steadying presence amid the turmoil. In a white surgeon’s coat and Crocs, he focuses on healing the physical damage and the psychological trauma that follows sexual assault, helping support job-creation programs and leadership training for rape victims. He is known for his understated charisma and his seemingly bottomless reservoir of empathy.

2002 Wallenberg Medal recipient, Kailash Satyarthi, receives 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Kailash Satyarthi and President Coleman

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has announced that Kailash Satyarthi, 2002 recipient of the Wallenberg Medal, is co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, together with Malala Yousafzay. They have received the Peace Prize in recognition of “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”…