Caldwell Award

Caldwell Award

The John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council's highest honor, has been presented annually since its inauguration in 1990. Named for its first recipient, the late Dr. John Tyler Caldwell, from 1959-1975 the chancellor of North Carolina State University and a founding member of the North Carolina Humanities Council, the award pays tribute to individuals whose life and work illuminate one or more of the multiple dimensions of human life where the humanities come into play: civic, personal, intellectual, and moral.

2020 Award Announcements: Celebrating 30 years.

For the first time ever the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities ceremony will be held virtually! The award celebration will take place online this Fall 2020. This unique digital program format honoring the 2020 honoree - Dr. James W. Clark, Jr. - will bring the celebration straight into your home! Information about the virtual ceremony date, gift opportunities and tickets is forthcoming.

The North Carolina Humanities Council has selected Dr. James W. Clark, Jr. as the recipient of the 2020 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. Dr. Clark is being honored for his statewide impact and achievements as a program director, professor, North Carolina literary historian, and public humanities scholar. 

As part of the ceremony, Christie Hinson Norris, Director of Carolina K-12, has been chosen by Dr. Clark to present the annual John Tyler Caldwell Lecture in the Humanities. Carolina K-12 is a program of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Public Humanities and works to extend the resources of UNC-Chapel Hill to North Carolina’s K-12 educators.

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, created in 1990 to honor distinguished individuals who have strengthened the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolinians through their life’s work.