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.

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.

You’re Invited!

The North Carolina Humanities Council cordially invites you to attend its 2020 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities Ceremony Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST - ONLINE! Honoring Dr. James W. Clark, Jr. 

Dr. James W. Clark, Jr. is being honored for his statewide impact and achievements as a program director, professor, North Carolina literary historian, and public humanities scholar. The celebration includes a special address from Christie Hinson Norris, Director of Carolina K-12, remarks from the Caldwell family, music by gospel singer and educator Mary D. Williams, and more. We look forward to sharing this special afternoon with you!

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors! Carolina Public Humanities | North Carolina Literary Review | NC State College of Humanities and Social Sciences | North Carolina Writers' Network | The Thomas Wolfe Society

Frequently Asked Questions:

More questions? Email Melanie Moore Richeson at

Q: How do I attend?  
A: Join us for this free, virtual event and award presentation on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST. Everyone can watch the program for free on our Facebook and YouTube pages. To attend, simply visit these pages at 4:00 PM EST on October 29, and you will see the stream playing.  

Q: Can I share this event with others who may be interested in watching? 
Yes! Please share with others. Everyone is welcome to take part!

Q: Is there a difference if I watch this on Facebook or on YouTube?
A: Nope! The presentation will be the same on both platforms. 

Q: Do I need to register or have a ticket to attend?
A: There is no registration or ticket required to attend this event.

Q: Is this event free? 
A: This event is free, and no registration is required. 

Q: How do I donate in support of the 2020 Caldwell Award program? 
A: To make a gift in honor of Dr. James W. Clark Jr. please visit our online contribution page, or mail your contribution to our offices. Contributors who give a gift of $30 or more will receive a free copy of NC Literary Review's 2003 issue featuring an interview with Dr. Clark while supplies last! Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. To learn more please email Melanie Moore Richeson at

Q: Will I be able to talk with the speakers during the program? 
A: You may use Facebook and YouTube chat features to send messages throughout the program to engage and connect with others. You can chat our speakers, send notes to your friends, and find important information about us in the chat box. 

Q: How can I stay up to date on other North Carolina Humanities Council programs and news? 
A: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up to receive our e-newsletters on our website.