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Dr. Jordan Peterson Named Recipient of Common Sense Society’s Inaugural Sir Roger Scruton Prize

December 20, 2021

Scruton Prize to be awarded to Peterson at CSS’s Palm Beach Conference and Gala; Governor Ron DeSantis featured as Honorary Chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C.Common Sense Society (CSS), a leading international educational network, announced that Dr. Jordan Peterson has been awarded its inaugural Scruton Prize. Named in honor of Sir Roger Scruton, a celebrated professor, philosopher of aesthetics, and prolific author, the Scruton Prize—established in cooperation with the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation—recognizes the lifetime achievements of one individual each year who has significantly advanced the humanities and made important contributions to areas such as the political life of their country, academic research, the natural or built environment, the arts and culture, the understanding of Western civilization, or institutions supporting civil society.

Recipients of the Scruton Prize will receive a silver medal designed by classical artist Michael Curtis as well as a $50,000 cash award. The Scruton Prize will be awarded at the Common Sense Society’s Conference and Gala in January featuring a number of distinguished guests. Further details below:

WHAT: Common Sense Society Conference and Gala, honoring those who inspire human flourishing and celebrating liberty, prosperity, and beauty. The Conference will showcase individuals engaged in the invigorating work of keeping our Republic, saving our civilization, and leaving it better than we found it, with panels focusing on woke capitalism and the future of American education. Dr. Jordan Peterson will be the Conference keynote speaker in anticipation of the evening’s award ceremony. Additional program details are available here.

WHEN: Friday, January 28th, 2022. The Conference will last from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET followed by a black-tie gala reception and dinner program in the evening.

WHO: Featured guests, award recipients, and speakers include:

  • Gala Honorary Chairman Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
  • CSS Trustee Prof. Niall Ferguson (Gala keynote speaker)
  • Rosa María Payá, Cuban human rights activist and recipient of the Common Sense Courage Award
  • CSS Chairman Mr. Thomas Peterffy
  • Dr. Jordan Peterson, recipient of The Sir Roger Scruton Prize (Conference keynote speaker)
  • CSS President and CEO Marion Smith

WHERE: The Breakers Palm Beach Resort – 1 South County Road, Palm Beach, FL, 33480

“We are thrilled to award Dr. Jordan Peterson the inaugural Scruton Prize,” said Marion Smith, president and C.E.O. of Common Sense Society. “Dr. Peterson has stood courageously for freedom of academic inquiry and against the assault on language and critical thinking. Through his lectures and writings, he has provided an entire generation of young people around the world with access to intellectual wellsprings of our civilization, and they have responded by the millions. Dr. Peterson’s message is one of personal responsibility and gratitude—a path out of the mire of envy and strife that characterizes so much of media and public life today. He warns of the dangers of ideology on all sides of the political arena. His message calling us to build fulfilling lives and stable communities is one that is needed today.”

“It is an honor to be awarded the inaugural Sir Roger Scruton Prize,” said Dr. Jordan Peterson. “Sir Roger was perhaps the most influential British conservative of the last half of the 20th century. In 2018, I had the great privilege of meeting with him and publicly discussing the nature of beauty and the importance of tradition. Sir Roger’s resistance to the blandishments and cliches of ideology—behind the Iron Curtain, in academia, in government and art—came at no small personal cost, and set us all a daunting example.”

Common Sense Society (CSS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes liberty, prosperity, and beauty through education and public discourse. The educational fellowships, curriculum resources, publications, cultural programs, community initiatives, and national campaigns of CSS illuminate the enduring ideas that have transformed the course of human history for the better. CSS does not accept funding from governments or political parties.


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