Alumni Humanitarian Award
The Alumni Humanitarian Award, established in 2001, is bestowed upon alumni of the University of Illinois by the Alumni Association on behalf of the University. The award is presented to alumni who, through their outstanding professional contributions and/or volunteer leadership, have significantly improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, on a national or international scale.
James E. Jennings
phd ’88 las
Founder and President
U.S. Academics for Peace
Cotsen Institute of Archaelogy
University of California at Los Angeles
James E. Jennings is all too familiar with names that ring of violence and despair—Somalia, Haiti, Gaza, Peru. Afghanistan, Iran, Indonesia and Iraq. He knows these places well and has seen the devastation wrought by nature and the suffering imposed by the wrath of man.
A history professor who passionately believes in the cause of peace, Jennings has worked for three decades both behind the scenes and on the front lines of wars, natural disasters and political danger zones, raising millions of dollars for assistance as well as organizing and participating in relief efforts. Founder and president of Conscience International, a humanitarian aid organization, he is also the executive director of U.S. Academics for Peace, which establishes dialogues among professors, politicians and religious leaders around the world.
Jennings, who worked with global health-related programs at UIC in the mid-1990s, is a Fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaelogy at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Alvin A. Miller, ’51 com, md ’53
Richard J. Cahill, dds ’65
Mary Ingram, ms ’81 nurs
Amarjit S. Marwah, MS ’56 DENT
Dr. Prerna Mona Khanna, MD ’91
Donald C. Findlay II ’58 DENT, ’60 DDS
Michael VanRooyen, RES ’89, MPH ’96
Sally West Brooks '63 NURS
Robert Smithwick DDS '44
Vickii Coffey '81 LAS