Sir Roger Scruton Prize

The Sir Roger Scruton Prize is presented by the Common Sense Society, in cooperation with the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation, and 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. The Prize is named in honor of Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020), a celebrated professor, philosopher of aesthetics, and prolific author. Recipients of the Prize will receive a silver medal designed by classical artist Michael Curtis as well as a $50,000 cash award. The Prize will be awarded at the Common Sense Society’s Conference and Gala on January 28, 2022 in a presentation featuring a number of distinguished guests.

The Scruton Prize Selection Committee announces that Dr. Jordan Peterson has been named the inaugural Sir Roger Scruton Prize Laureate. Click here for more information.

Sir Roger Scruton Prize Selection Committee

Professor Rémi Brague (France) is a French historian of philosophy, professor emeritus of Arabic and religious philosophy at the Sorbonne, and Romano Guardini chair emeritus of philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Brague is well known for his works on classical and medieval intellectual history and religion, most notably Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization. Brague has received many awards, including the rank of “Knight” in the prestigious National Order of the Legion of Honor, which he received in 2013.

Fisher Derderian (United States) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation. Raised on a farm in the Central Valley of California, Derderian spent 7 years in New York City before returning to California, where he currently resides with his wife, Maxine, and their two children. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from The King’s College NYC and a MA in Philosophy from the University of Buckingham.

Léon Krier (Luxembourg) is a Luxembourgish architect, architectural theorist, and urban planner. Well-known for his master plan for Poundbury in Dorset, England, Krier currently heads an international architecture and planning practice in addition to writing and teaching. A prominent critic of architectural Modernism and advocate of New Traditional Architecture and New Urbanism, Krier spent twenty years practicing and teaching in the United Kingdom at the Architectural Association and Royal College of Art. He is a Driehaus Architectural Prize laureate (2003), and a Commander in the Royal Victorian Order.

Baroness (Lucy) Neville-Rolfe (United Kingdom) DBE CMG is Chair of the Board of Crown Agents, a not-for-profit international development organization. A former Treasury minister and previously a board director of Tesco PLC, Baroness Neville-Rolfe has sat as a Conservative peer since 2013 and is Chair of the House of Lords Committee on the Built Environment.  She also served as a minister at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Culture departments (2014-16). Baroness Neville-Rolfe served as a non-executive member of the then Foreign and Commonwealth Office Management Board between 2000 and 2005, and previously held positions in the Policy Unit at 10 Downing St and the Deregulation Unit in the Cabinet Office. She is currently a non-executive director of Secure Trust Bank PLC and of Capita plc, a trustee of Thomson-Reuters, and the Chair of the UK-ASEAN Business Council.

María Sánchez (Guatemala) is a co-founder and Director of Estudio Urbano, an architectural practice based in Guatemala that specializes in traditional architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture. She serves as Town Architect for Cayalá, which she designed with Léon Krier, and founded Arte Civico, a nonprofit foundation that promotes an integrated vision of placemaking. Sánchez received her MA in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and sits on the University’s Architecture Advisory Council.

Marion Smith (United States) is the President and CEO of Common Sense Society, of which he was founding president in 2009, formed to promote civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership among young professionals in the United States and Europe. He is also the chairman of Washington, D.C.’s National Civic Art Society, a former visiting fellow in the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation, and the former executive director and CEO of the congressionally authorized Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a bipartisan educational, research, and human rights nonprofit. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from South Carolina’s Wofford College and earned an M.A. from Central European University.

Ignat Solzhenistyn (United States) is a Russian-American conductor and pianist. He is the conductor laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the principal guest conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Solzhenitsyn has led orchestras and symphonies in dozens of cities across North America and Europe, and frequently performs at international festivals. A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, he serves on the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, his alma mater. He is also the son of Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Ambassador Michael Žantovský (Czech Republic) is a Czech diplomat, politician, writer, and translator, currently serving as the executive director of the Václav Havel Library. Amb. Žantovský is the former president of the Aspen Institute Prague, a member of the Forum 2000 Foundation Program Council, former chairman of the Civic Democratic Alliance and a one-time senator of the Civic Democratic Alliance in the Parliament of the Czech Republic. He has served as ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom, the United States and the State of Israel. He was also the spokesman of President Václav Havel and political director at the Office of the President of the Czech Republic.

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