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.

RSVP Today for the 2017 Caldwell Award Ceremony honoring Bland Simpson, in Chapel Hill, NC on October 27th at 7:00 PM

The North Carolina Humanities Council’s Board of Trustees has selected Bland Simpson as the recipient of the 2017 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. The award recognizes Simpson for his lifelong achievements as a professor, author, musician, and environmentalist and for his work as a public humanities advocate across North Carolina.

Tom Earnhardt, producer, writer and host of UNC-TV’s “Exploring North Carolina,” will deliver the 2017 Caldwell Lecture, titled "The Humanities and Nature: An Intimate Relationship."

This event is free and open to the public, however, a RSVP Registration is required due to space limitations. Cocktail Hour at 6:00 pm with the ceremony at 7:00 pm. A reception will follow.

                                  2017 Caldwell Sponsors




 and Thomas S. Kenan III 

Additional support provided by:

UNC Chapel Hill Department of English and Comparative Literature

UNC Chapel Hill Creative Writing Program

North Carolina Writers Network