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10/9 am
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5:30/4:30 pm
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Allan Dittmer, University of Louisville's Grawemeyer Awards

H. Charles Grawemeyer, industrialist, entrepreneur, astute investor and philanthropist, created the lucrative Grawemeyer Awards at the University of Louisville in 1984. The awards honor powerful ideas in five fields in performing arts, the humanities, and the social sciences.

An initial endowment of $9 million funded the awards, which have drawn nominations from around the world.

Allan Dittmer, Ph.D., has been the executive director of the Grawemeyer Awards since 2005. Dittmer has been at U of L for more than 20 years.

In addition to leading the Grawemeyer Awards program, Dittmer is a professor in the university's Department of Teaching and Learning. He is also chair of the Center for Environmental Education at U of L's Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development.

A well-published scholar, Dr. Dittmer's work includes The Power of Ideas, Volume II: The University of Louisville Grawemeyer Awards" (Butler Books).

He is involved with a variety of collegiate, professional, and civic organizations.

Dr. Dittmer is married to wife Jacquelene and has three adult children.

Program 410
Behind-the-scenes at the Louisville Ballet for the new rendition of "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker"; Versailles artist Alexa King, sculptor of the legendary horse Barbaro at Churchill Downs; the internationally-acclaimed Grawemeyer Awards at the University of Louisville; and the comedic genius behind Comedy Caravan, where Louisvillians have laughed for more than 20 years. (#410)