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Tom Gunning receives Distinguished Achievement Award from Mellon Foundation

The University of Chicago Chronicle reports that Tom Gunning, the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Art History, Department of Cinema & Media Studies, and the College, has been awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The $1.5 million award is given jointly to the individual scholar and that scholar’s institution. Gunning is quoted in the article:

“It’s tremendously exciting. It’s allowed me to think through the shape of a lifetime of research, to think about what issues and questions have driven my work to this point and what trajectory that work might ultimately take. I am appreciative as much for this occasion of self-reflection as for the material support offered.”

Gunning said one of the chief aims of his project, titled “Poetics of the Moving Image,” is to “overcome historical amnesia in thinking about the evolving state of media.” As a historian and theorist, Gunning said his goal is to “unite theoretical speculation about the present and future state of the moving image with a broad historical perspective.”

For more information, see the Chronicle article and the Mellon Foundation press release.

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