Princeton University Press is pleased to congratulate Kwame Anthony Appiah (The Ethics of Identity), Andrew Delbanco (College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be), and Teofilo Ruiz (The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization), all of whom will receive a National Humanities Medal today. A total of eight writers will be honored, including poet John Ashbery, historian Robert Darnton, musical scholar Charles Rosen, literary scholar Ramón Saldívar, and Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate in economics.
From the White House press release:
Kwame Anthony Appiah for seeking eternal truths in the contemporary world. His books and essays within and beyond his academic discipline have shed moral and intellectual light on the individual in an era of globalization and evolving group identities.
Andrew Delbanco for his insight into the American character, past and present. He has been called “America’s best social critic” for his essays on current issues and higher education. As a professor in American studies, he reveals how classics by Melville and Emerson have shaped our history and contemporary life.
Teofilo Ruiz, medieval historian, for his inspired teaching and writing. His erudite studies have deepened our understanding of medieval Spain and Europe, while his late examination of how society has coped with terror has taught important lessons about the dark side of western progress.
The ceremony will begin streaming live at 1:45 PM Eastern time and you can watch it here.