Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

The Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities is awarded for an outstanding, imaginative, and significant work in the state sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council that reflects, affirms, and promotes the mission and vision of the Humanities Council.

Nominations shall be made by the North Carolina Humanities Council staff and should articulate the core criteria and any additional criteria that justify the award to nominated work.  Staff recommendations shall be sent to Humanities Council trustees at least two weeks prior to the September trustee meeting.  Trustees shall select the recipient annually at the September trustee meeting, and the award will be presented at the Caldwell event.

Eligible recipients include:

  • the sponsor (organization) of a Humanities Council-funded regrant project;
  • an outstanding project director who has developed the project beyond the terms of the initial project grant;
  • an outstanding humanities scholar who has participated in significant ways in a project that has extended duration;
  • an outstanding teacher who has expanded on what s/he gained from the TI seminar experience as demonstrated by exceptional outreach to colleagues and/or students after a seminar

Core criteria supporting the award are:

  • substantial involvement by the program sponsor or individual in inspiring, collaborating with, and developing activities within a specific community; and
  • inclusion of work that indicates active participation by community partners and is not only about community without community roots and involvement.  (In the case of a teacher, the community may be colleagues and students, although the work could reach beyond the school population.)

Other criteria could include:

  • involvement of new audiences;
  • unique or far-reaching collaborations;
  • capacity-building efforts;
  • new uses of technology in how public humanities work can be conducted;  and
  • demonstrated sustainability either in terms of being able to be replicated with limited or no Humanities Council support in the future or creating activities whose momentum has been generated by the project.

Established by the North Carolina Humanities Council, 2010