Congratulations! Professor Vaughn Booker wins 2022 Arlt Award in the Humanities

The Gustave O. Arlt Award was created in 1971 to honor the first president of The Council of Graduate School (CGS), an organization of approximately 500 American and Canadian institutions of higher education. The award recognizes a young scholar-teacher who has written a book deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the humanities.  Professor Booker is the 52nd recipient of the award and was honored at an award ceremony held at the CGS' 62nd Annual Meeting in San Franciso.  Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century (New York University Press, 2020) had also been a finalist for the 2021 Religion and the Arts Award given by the American Academy of Religion.  In his book, Dr. Booker "explores the complex landscape in which African American jazz musicians functioned as prominent figures representing "the race" to a broad American and international public and who also participated in shaping Black public culture and discourse about religion, racial identity, politics, and culture".  More information on the prize can be found at