The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation granted Prof. Lance Bennett a Humboldt Research Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements in research. Prof. Bennett will utilize this research award to develop a project tracking the global flows of new ideas about how to better harmonize the economy and the environment. This project has emerged from the Center of Communication & Civic Engagement’s (CCCE) newest learning community: Rethinking Prosperity (

Rethinking Prosperity is a thriving learning community attracting faculty and students from several departments, as well as engagement from community organizations. The idea began as a spinoff from a series of courses Prof. Bennett has offered in the past few years on the conflicts between economic growth, consumerism, and the environment. To learn more about the project, check out the project website:

Humboldt Research Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.