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Macalester Names Harris this year’s Thomas Jefferson Award winner

American Studies and Political Science Professor Duchess Harris is the recipient of the 2021 Thomas Jefferson Award. The award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor members of the Macalester College community who exemplify the principles and ideals of the third President of the United States. Dr. Harris was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.

“It was such a thrill to be able to bestow this award upon Duchess, who has made such extraordinary contributions to the campus, the local community, and the world,” said President Suzanne Rivera. “She is a beloved teacher, role model, scholar, and leader. We are so very lucky that she shares her talents and gifts with Macalester every day.”


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