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 North Carolina Humanities Council.

Eligible recipients include:

  • The sponsor (organization) of a North Carolina 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 Teachers Institute 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 North Carolina Humanities Council support in the future or creating activities whose momentum has been generated by the project.

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