Susan Gal, Mae and Sidney G. Metzl Distinguished Service Professor and Director of CEERES, was honored this year by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She was chosen by the Academy's Presidential Committee for Hungarian Science Abroad as the 2016 recipient of the Arany János Award for Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship. This is the first time this prize has been awarded to an American scholar.
The official announcement declared: "Susan Gal (Gál Zsuzsa), professor of anthropology and linguistics at the University of Chicago was selected for her outstanding research in the areas of linguistic nationalism, language and gender as well as for her research regarding the rhetorical and symbolic aspects of political transformation in contemporary Eastern-Central Europe and the post socialist area. She was also recognized for her numerous publications relating to Hungary, which contributed to the authentic presentation of Hungarian linguistic and social issues on the international stage. The winner extended her gratitude for the prestigious award through a video message."
The President of the Academy of Sciences presented the award at the 187th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Sciences in Budapest on May 2.