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Taylor Mac Receives MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

This news item was lost in a barrage of fire-related news last week. [ more › ]

Rhiannon Giddens and her MacArthur Fellowship: 'Genius'? She's not buying

Technically speaking, she’s now entitled to bragging rights as the world’s first officially crowned “genius” banjo player. The idea elicits a chuckle from Rhiannon Giddens. To be honest, she says, she isn’t a fan of the “genius grant” nickname that’s been widely used to describe the MacArthur Foundation...

Sapolsky (6): Determinism, Free Will, and Natural Freedom in the Legal System

In 1987, Robert Sapolsky was the recipient of one of the MacArthur Foundation's "genius grants." Some years later, he received a letter from the Foundation asking him to submit some Big Ideas for a funding initiative. The letter said...Show More Summary

Landscape Architect Wins MacArthur Genius Award by Susan Harris

Nice news this week via Brad McKee, editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine, who writes: Kate Orff, ASLA, became the first landscape architect to receive a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, which carries a $625,000 award over five years...Show More Summary

United We Dream leader Cristina Jiménez wins prestigious MacArthurgenius grant'

Cristina Jiménez, a United We Dream co-founder, immigrant rights advocate, and a pivotal figure in the people power push to enact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, has been announced as  one of 2017’s...Show More Summary

Rebecca Caroll & Ashley C. Ford on Praise, Controversy, Criticism and the Art of Kara Walker

'A new exhibit by the artist Kara Walker opened in New York City. In 1997, Walker became the youngest person ever to receive a MacArthur "genius" grant. Her show at the Domino Sugar Factory in 2014 drew high praise and tough criticism for its centerpiece — a sculpture of a 75-foot black woman made of sugar. Show More Summary

MacArthur Foundation Announces 24 New Fellows, Including Annie Baker, Taylor Mac, and Nikole Hannah-Jones

A group of 24 “extraordinarily creative” people have become the latest recipients of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, often known as the “genius” grant: a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant awarded to promising individuals to foster...Show More Summary

California Today: California Today: A Rising Death Toll From Wildfires

last weekNews : NYTimes: News

Thursday: The dead and missing in the wine country wildfires, a senseless killing in San Francisco, and California’s MacArthur “geniuses.”

Why MacArthurgenius’ Viet Thanh Nguyen says writers should make people uncomfortable

last weekArts : Art Beat

Viet Thanh Nguyen at a book reading at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass., on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) “I think I have to be willing to be unsettled and to be uncomfortable,” Viet Thanh Nguyen told the NewsHour earlier this year, about how he writes and how he lives. Show More Summary

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Dawoud Bey, and Trevor Paglen Among This Year’s MacArthurGenius’ Grantees

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

The annual award to given to individuals who have "shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction." The post Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Dawoud Bey, and Trevor Paglen Among This Year’s MacArthurGenius’ Grantees appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Two Freshly Minted Literary Geniuses Will Visit Seattle Soon

by Rich Smith (L-R) Look for Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward at a Benaroya Hall near you. John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation This morning the MacArthur Fellowship announced their new class of geniuses, each of whom receive...Show More Summary

Playwright Taylor Mac + More Artists Among 2017 MacArthurGenius’ Recipients

Comprised of an eclectic lineup of artists from the realm of theater, as well as musicians, painters, mathematicians, and beyond, the recipients of the 2017 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships have been announced. Commonly...Show More Summary

The most fascinating MacArthur 'Genius Grant' fellows who just won $625,000 to save the world

The MacArthur 'Genius Grant' is an annual grant of $625,000 given with no strings attached, paid over five years. The 10 best schools to study business without needing a master's degree 10 US colleges where a quality education doesn't cost a fortune 10 under-the-radar US cities with good schools, good jobs, and affordable homes Read more... Show More Summary

Three Of This Year's MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners Hail From L.A.

Including the experimental theater director who created "Hopscotch," a mobile opera performed across the city in 2015. [ more › ]

A Banjo Player From North Carolina Is Writing The Next ‘Hamilton’

Newly dubbed MacArthur "Genius" Rhiannon Giddens wants to bring one of the most overlooked moments in American history to the stage.

MacArthurGenius’ grant winners this year include two urban designers

Rewarding creative solutions for the built environment Every year, the MacArthur Foundation bestows so-called “Genius Grants” upon some two dozen or so U.S.-based individuals excelling at creative work, awarding over half a million dollars each to continue their pursuits. Show More Summary

Meet Cristina, a former undocumented immigrant who just received a MacArthurgenius’ award

Cristina Jiménez Moreta, a 33-year-old social justice organizer from New York, became one of 24 extraordinary “geniuses” to receive a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship, a distinction that comes with a $625,000 grant. The “no-strings-attached”...Show More Summary

2 Chicagoans Were Just Awarded MacArthur 'Genius' Grants

Get to know the celebrated photographer and Muslim community leader that (deservedly) took home the no-strings-attached award funds. [ more › ]

Meet the 2017 New York MacArthur ‘geniuses’

last weekNews : NY Daily News

Two writers, an architect, a journalist and an immunologist are now members of the elite MacArthur Fellows club — and $625,000 richer.

2017’s Literary Geniuses

The 2017 MacArthur "Genius grants" have been announced. The post 2017’s Literary Geniuses appeared first on The Millions.

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