Mark S. Weiner

Rule of the Clan Wins Grawemeyer Award

In Rule of the Clan on December 2, 2014 at 11:16 am

I am over the moon to share the news that The Rule of the Clan has received the 2015 Grawmeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

The award is the greatest honor of my professional life, and I am so grateful to everyone who supported me in ways large and small over the years.

There is great celebration taking place here in Hamden, Connecticut.

Book and Cava

For background about the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, click here.

And here is more about the Grawemeyer Awards generally, from the Grawmeyer Awards website:

Charles Grawemeyer, industrialist, entrepreneur, astute investor and philanthropist, created the lucrative Grawemeyer Awards at the University of Louisville in 1984. An initial endowment of $9 million funded the awards, which have drawn nominations from around the world.

Although the University of Louisville graduate was a chemical engineer by schooling, Grawemeyer cherished the liberal arts and chose to honor powerful ideas in five fields in performing arts, the humanities, and the social sciences.

The first award, Music Composition, was presented in 1985. The award for Ideas Improving World Order was added in 1988 and Education in 1989. In 1990, a fourth award, Religion, was added as a joint prize with the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Psychology was added in 2000, with the first award given in 2001.

Grawemeyer distinguished the awards by honoring ideas rather than life-long or publicized personal achievement. He also insisted that the selection process for each of the five awards—though dominated by professionals—include one step involving a lay committee knowledgeable in each field. As Grawemeyer saw it, great ideas should be understandable to someone with general knowledge and not be the private treasure of academics.

Here is a humbling list of previous winners (from Wikipedia):


Ideas Improving World Order

Music composition



  1. That is great news, Mark. Congratulations!! Hope you and Stephanie are doing well. Best, Howard


  2. Wow! Mark, I’m so impressed. Congratulations – that’s really great. And the powers that be may now be interested in publishing a delightful book about mice written by the same prestigious author! You and Stephanie must be so thrilled. Angus and I are honored to live on the same street. Love, Rhona


  3. Congratulations, Mark! What a wonderful, and well- deserved, honor!! You join the pantheon of well-known intellectuals seeking to improve the world…


  4. Congratulations Mark! This is fabulous news. A great birthday present. (Happy Birthday)

    We are looking forward to seeing you very soon.


    Susan Ball Deputy Director Bruce Museum One Museum Drive Greenwich, CT 06830 (917) 592-9263


  5. Mark – I’m thrilled for you – congratulations! So very well (exceedingly!) deserved. With your promotion of ideas for improving world order, the world seems a better and more hopeful place.

    See you soon I hope – love to you and Stephanie, Kaaren


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