Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher to Be Honored at Harvard
Get ready Star Wars fans because Carrie Fisher is coming to Cambridge next month.
The legendary actress known for her role as Princess—now General—Leia Organa will be honored with the 10th annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism. The Humanist Community at Harvard University will be presenting the award in conjunction with the Harvard College Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics.
The event will be held at the Memorial Church in Cambridge on Monday, April 18.
Previous honorees include former Congressman Barney Frank, author Salman Rushdie, filmmaker Joss Whedon, comedian Eddie Izzard, as well as director, animator, and musician Seth MacFarlane.
Fisher is being honored in part for her humanist values, specifically when it comes to her work on behalf of those suffering from mental health issues. As the Huffington Post recently pointed out, the Star Wars icon has struggled with her own mental health problems and has worked as an advocate for over a decade.
“I outlasted my problems,” Fisher once told ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer. “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.”
Tickets to the ceremony go on sale Tuesday, March 29 at noon. For more information, check out humanisthub.org.