On Dec. 6, the Rutgers University Board of Governors approved the creation of the Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities. The chair is named in honor of the late Clement A. Price, a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and beloved history scholar at Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) who passed away in November 2014. A $2 million challenge grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional donations totaling $1 million from corporations, foundations, alumni, and numerous other individuals endowed the chair to honor the legacy and life’s work of Price.
In addition to being an RU-N professor, mentor, and advisor for more than 40 years, Price served as the founding director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience (IECME), which RU-N renamed posthumously the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience. Since its inception, IECME has become a model of public scholarship and engagement, sponsoring numerous programs and research initiatives that foster broad public discussion on the arts and culture, urban life and development, diversity and race relations, education, and history at the local, national, and international levels.
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