Princeton professors Martha Himmelfarb (Religion) and Simon Morrison (Music, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Fund for Canadian Studies) have received the University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. The annual award recognizes research, publication, teaching, or other distinguished service to the University community.
Martha Himmelfarb is the William H. Danforth Professor of Religion and a leading scholar of ancient Judaism and early Christianity. A member of Princeton’s faculty for more than 40 years, she joined the University in 1978. She will transfer to emeritus status at the end of this academic year.
She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Jersey State Council for the Humanities, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named an Old Dominion Research Professor in the Humanities Council in 2008-09.
Simon Morrison, a 1997 graduate alumnus, is a professor of music and Slavic languages and literatures and director of the Humanities Council’s Fund for Canadian Studies.
Morrison is an archival historian specializing in 20th-century Russian and Soviet music with expertise in opera, dance, film, sketch studies and historically informed performance. Having earned unequaled access to repositories in Russia, he has unearthed previously unknown sketches, scores, letters, diaries, official documents, contracts, financial records, photographs, and other sources related to musical life from the tsars through the Soviets.