National Humanities Medal

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The obverse of the National Humanities Medal

The National Humanities Medal is an American award that annually recognizes several individuals, groups, or institutions for work that has "deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities."[1]

The annual Charles Frankel Prize in the Humanities was established in 1988 and succeeded by the National Humanities Medal in 1997. The initial design for the National Humanities Medal was created by a 1995 Frankel Prize winner, David Macaulay, and was used for all recipients through 2012.[1] During 2013, The National Endowment for the Humanities ran a public competition for a new medal design, judged by metalsmith Chunghi Choo, coin engraver Don Everhart of the U.S. Mint and sculptor George Anthonisen. In June 2013, the agency announced that a design by Paul C. Balan of Illinois had been selected as the winner. The final medal will be unveiled in Washington D.C. in November 2013. The new design was used for the first time for the 2013 National Humanities Medals, which were presented in mid-2014.[2]

Medals are conferred once annually, usually by the U.S. President, to as many as twelve living candidates and existing organizations nominated early in the calendar year. The President selects the winners in consultation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.[3]

NEH asks that nominators consult the list of previous winners and consider the National Medal of Arts to recognize contributions in "the creative or performing arts".[3]

Recipients[edit]

Stephen H. Balch receives the National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush

Medalists are listed by year, then alphabetically.[4]

2013 (awarded July 28, 2014)[5]
2012 (awarded July 10, 2013)[6][7]
2011 (awarded February 13, 2012)[8]
2010 (awarded March 2, 2011)[9][10]
2009 (awarded February 25, 2010)[11]
2008 (awarded November 17, 2008)[12]
2007 (awarded November 15, 2007)[13][14]
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997

Charles Frankel Prize[edit]

1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Awards and Honors". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved January 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Paul C. Balan National Humanities Medal design". Challenge.gov. National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved July 6, 2005. 
  3. ^ a b "National Humanities Medals Nominations". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Winners of the National Humanities Medal and the Charles Frankel Prize". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "President Obama Awards 2013 National Humanities Medals" (Press release). National Endowment for the Humanities. July 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "President Obama Awards 2012 National Humanities Medals" (Press release). National Endowment for the Humanities. July 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "President Obama to Award 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal" (Press release). The White House. July 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "President Obama Awards 2011 National Humanities Medals" (Press release). National Endowment for the Humanities. February 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "President Obama Awards 2010 National Humanities Medals" (Press release). National Endowment for the Humanities. March 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ "The 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal Ceremony". The White House. March 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ "President Obama Awards 2009 National Humanities Medals" (Press release). National Endowment for the Humanities. February 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ "President Bush Awards 2008 National Humanities Medals" (Press release). National Endowment for the Humanities. November 17, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Humanities Medals Awarded by President Bush" (Press release). National Endowment for the Humanities. November 15, 2007. 
  14. ^ "President Bush Announces 2007 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal Recipients" (Press release). The White House. November 14, 2007. 

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