The White House today announced the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The awardees include historians, writers, a philosopher, scholar, preservationist, food activist and an education course. President Barack Obama will confer the medal in a September 10 ceremony in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend.
The National Humanities Medal honors an individual or organization whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources.
Here are the 10 recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. Click on the name below to read more background.
- Annie Dillard, author
- Everett L. Fly, architect and preservationist
- Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, philosopher and novelist
- Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, historian
- Jhumpa Lahiri, short story writer and novelist
- Fedwa Malti-Douglas, scholar
- Larry McMurtry, novelist
- Vicki Lynn Ruiz,historian
- Alice Waters, author and food activist
Read the Complete NEH Announcement