About the Award

Richman Fellows are selected from among individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation. Read more.

Award Presentation and Lecture


Vanita Gupta

Vanita Gupta

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

“Hope Is a Discipline: Fighting for Justice in Perilous Times”

It’s no overstatement to say that we are living in perilous times in the quest for justice, fairness and inclusion. Despite tireless efforts to drive progress, in too many communities we see a dramatic gap between what our laws guarantee and what people experience.

But there is reason for hope: today, around the country, a broad-based movement by people from all backgrounds is pushing for reform and succeeding. From LGBTQ rights to criminal justice reform to other issues where progress once seemed unimaginable, we continue to envision a different path forward and fight with determination to shape our country into a more just union.

Join the discussion about the importance of cultivating hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. Vanita Gupta will deliver the Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life Lecture on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 4 p.m. in Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library. The event is free and open to the public.