Arcus/Places Prize Winners

Jack Halberstam, left; Lucas Crawford, right.

We are pleased to announce that Jack Halberstam and Lucas Crawford have been selected as the 2018 and 2019 recipients of the Arcus/Places Prize.

Jack Halberstam is professor of English and Gender Studies at Columbia University, and has published widely on marginalized sexual and gender identities, most recently in Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance

Lucas Crawford, author of Transgender Architectonics: the Shape of Change in Modernist Space, is assistant professor of English at the University of New Brunswick and an interdisciplinary scholar with a special interest in theories of queer ruralism.

The biennial prize is a unique collaboration between the Diversity Platforms Committee of the College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley, and Places. Established in 2014 to support innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and the built environment, the award is funded by the college’s Arcus Endowment, launched in 2000 with a generous gift from the Arcus Foundation. The winners will each receive an honorarium of $7,500 to produce a major work of public scholarship for Places and present a related lecture to be given in the College of Environmental Design.

More details about this year’s winners, including lecture dates, are available from the College of Environmental Design.

The inaugural Arcus/Places Prize was awarded to Alice T. Friedman, the Grace Slack McNeil Professor of the History of American Art at Wellesley College. Friedman’s article, “Queer Old Things,” explored the lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and the rise of a “lesbian archipelago” in Paris in the mid 20th century.