Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 12:32PM
Drew Wolfe

Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants

"What could possibly bring together a painter, an economist, a pastor and a planetary scientist? If you ask the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the answeris simpler than you may think: They've all shown creativity, potential for future achievements — and the likelihood that $625,000, meted out over five years, will help them complete their grand designs."

"In fact, those criteria fit all 25 winners of this year's MacArthur Fellowship, better known by its affectionate nickname, the 'genius' grant. Their pursuits span a range nearly as wide as the world itself."

"That spectrum includes mapping legal aid across the country for the benefit of low-income populations, uncovering abuse in West Virginia's coal industry, and coming up with radical fictions and bringing down pernicious artistic tropes."

"Now, with a rather sizable infusion of cash that has no strings attached, it includes some even loftier aspirations.


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