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Purchase College Lecturer Wins Grant For World Trade Center Book

Judith Dupré
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PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Judith Dupré, a lecturer in the School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education at Purchase College-SUNY, has been awarded a Public Scholar grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

She is among 36 scholars chosen for this inaugural program, which supports the creation of well-researched books in the humanities that are intended to appeal to a wide readership. Dupré’s project, "One World Trade Center: The Biography of the Building," was awarded $37,800. Her book will look at the design, planning, engineering and history surrounding One World Trade Center through text, illustrations and an interactive website.

Authorized by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Dupré is the only author to be given unfettered access to the site, suppliers and archives of the Trade Center. The book will be published by Little, Brown & Company in 2016.

Dupré told Inside Higher Ed, “I’ve devoted the last 30 years of my life to developing a bridge between scholarly research and the general public; that has been my primary goal. So to actually receive this affirmation of the work that I have been doing for so long, it’s an extraordinary opportunity.”

A New York Times best-selling author published in 11 languages, Dupré’s other books include "Skyscrapers, Bridges, Churches and Monuments: America’s History in Art and Memory."

Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz said, “We congratulate Judith Dupré on this accomplishment. Her research, which explores the intersection of art, photography and architecture, is highly regarded, and this award further substantiates an already impressive record of scholarship.  We look forward to her continued success.”

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