Governor Kunin to receive prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt award

first_imgFormer governor Madeleine Kunin, currently a James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont, has been selected as one of three recipients of the 2009 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal award given annually to individuals and organizations who live the values espoused by the former first lady in her public life including human rights, social justice, and racial and gender equality.Gov. Kunin, former ambassador to Switzerland and the first woman in U.S. history to be re-elected governor three times, is being recognized for her “inspiring and energetic leadership and commitment to the principles that Mrs. Roosevelt championed for women, children and community,” according to Dana vanderHeyden, co-chair of the Medals Ceremony and ERVK board member. Gov. Kunin was cited for her efforts to improve the quality of education by creating early education programs for low-income children and for establishing state-wide kindergarten programs for all public schools.”Eleanor Roosevelt’s efforts to help those in need, to inspire the next generation, to encourage those in power and to be a ‘light in the darkness’ are reflected in the honorees this year,” said Marc vanderHeyden, co-chair of the Medals Ceremony, ERVK board member and former president of Saint Michael’s College. Kunin was also praised for her protecton of the environment by establishing programs to protect open spaces and farm land, which helped retain Vermont’s distinctive rural character.Past winners of the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal award include Hillary Clinton, Bill Moyers, Norman Vincent Peale, James Earl Jones, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Marian Wright Edelman, Fred Rogers, Kate Roosevelt Whitney, Harry Belafonte, Richard Holbrooke, Cherie Blair, Dorothy L. Height, Franklin A. Thomas, Barbara Jordan and others.Gov. Kunin, who served as deputy secretary of education under President Bill Clinton, served as Vermont’s only female governor from 1985 to 1991. She was appointed the first woman to the State Supreme Court and created the family court system. Gov. Kunin is author of two books: Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008) and Living a Political Life (Vintage, 1995). The former UVM distinguished professor of political science remains active in her position as a James Marsh Professor-at-Large, giving lectures in 2009 on “Creating the Change We Believe In” and “Women, Power, and Politcis: How to Open the (Formerly) Smoke-Filled Room.”Other recipients of the 2009 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal include architect Jeh Johnson of East Fishkill, NY; former Chief Judge Judith Kaye of the State of New York; and The Anderson Center for Autism in Hyde Park, NY. They will be honored at the 23rd Annual ERKV Medal Ceremony at a noon luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 18 on the grounds of the the Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site in Hyde Park. Tickets for the event cost $175. For more information, call (845) 229-5302 or (845) 876-6974 or visit the ERVK website3. Source: UVM. 10.12.2009                                                                                                 ###last_img read more