The Iris Marion Young Awards for Political Engagement (IMYA) honor Iris Marion Young, a philosopher and social theorist of international renown. Young was a professor in GSPIA and a member of the Women's Studies Program Steering Committee during the 1990s before taking a position as Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago in 2000. She died in 2006 of cancer.
At Pitt, Young was a galvanizing presence. During her time in Pittsburgh, Young volunteered and organized on behalf of peace and social justice, fair labor practices, adult literacy, and children’s rights, among other causes, and she worked to combat hate groups and poverty.
GSPIA and the Women’s Studies Program (later GSWS) inaugurated the awards in 2008 to honor Young’s memory by recognizing a member of the Pitt community whose actions have had political impact within the University or beyond. Initially, only one award was presented, then faculty/staff and student awards, and now awards are presented each year to an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a staff member, and a faculty member at Pitt. The annual awards ceremony is an inspiring event in which the recipients talk about their work on behalf of justice.
Please note: this event will be recorded.