2017 Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism

mkc-nominationsThe call for nominations for the sixth Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism, to be presented at its 30th Anniversary Benefit, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at The Newberry Library, Chicago, is now closed.

Kovler Center is considering nominations of an individual or group whose work to serve the world’s most vulnerable populations is exemplary and embodies the spirit of Robert H. Kirschner, MD, a compassionate physician and human rights advocate.

Robert H. Kirschner, MD

Robert H. Kirschner, MD was an internationally recognized authority on forensic pathology, human rights violations, police brutality, torture and child abuse. Dr. Kirschner’s activism took him to more than a dozen foreign countries where torture, extra-judicial executions and mass killings occurred. Dr. Kirschner trained pro bono health providers to conduct forensic evaluations of torture survivors and provided ongoing consultation to Kovler Center staff and volunteers. The recipient of the Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism embodies the spirit of Dr. Kirschner and, like him, has conducted exemplary work to serve the world’s most vulnerable populations and to give a voice to those who have been silenced.

Past Recipients of the Award

  • Jerome McDonnell, 2009. As the incisive host of WBEZ’s Worldview, Jerome McDonnell brings attention on a daily basis to significant human rights work being conducted around the world. His compassionate, intelligent interviews of those working often under the radar have been inspiring Chicagoans and others for over 20 years.
  • Mardge Cohen, MD, 2011. Dr. Cohen has been advocating for people living with HIV, locally and globally, for over 30 years. As Medical Director, Women Equity in AIDS Care and Treatment-Rwanda, WE-ACTx, she recognizes the important role of trauma in treatment.
  • Esad Boskailo, MD, 2013. Dr. Boskailo is a survivor of the Bosnian genocide and co-author, with Julia Lieblich, of Wounded, I am More Awake. He currently works as a psychiatrist with survivors of trauma.
  • Kirk W. Johnson, 2014. Kirk W. Johnson is the founder of The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies and the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal, the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind.
  • Les Roberts, 2015. Dr. Roberts is an epidemiologist and Professor, Columbia University School of Public Heath, who has designed, conducted, and authored over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring mortality in times of war.

Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center

Founded in 1987 by a concerned group of physicians, psychologists, lawyers, philanthropists, and torture survivors, Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center is a unique Chicago-based program serving an international population of individuals who have survived unimaginable acts of politically-sponsored torture.

Marjorie Kovler Center helps transform the lives of individuals recovering from the complex consequences of such psychological and physical abuse. Kovler Center provides medical, mental health, and social services; trains and educates locally and globally; and advocates for the end of torture worldwide. All of Kovler Center’s services are offered free of charge, provided by dedicated staff and a large network of community-based pro bono professionals to more than 350 individuals each year who arrive from 84 countries around the globe.

Questions about the award or sponsorship opportunities for the 30th Anniversary Benefit? Contact Judith Weinstein at 224.479.2706 or jweinstein@heartlandalliance.org.