National Humanities Medal Awarded to 1994 Recipient of the John T. Caldwell Award for the Humanities, Dr. Anne Firor Scott

Dorothy Spurill Redford (1998 Caldwell Laureate), Anne Firor Scott (1994 Caldwell Laureate), John Hope Franklin (1991 Laureate)

Dr. Anne Firor Scott, a W.K. Boyd Professor of History Emerita at Duke University, and the 1994 winner of the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, which is the highest honor given by the North Carolina Humanities Council, is one of the 10 winners that will be honored with the 2013 National Humanities Medal awarded for outstanding achievements in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary, and historic preservation presented by President Barack Obama. The Caldwell Award pays tribute to individuals whose life and work illuminate one or more of the multiple dimensions of human life where the humanities come into play: civic, personal, intellectual, and moral. As a pioneer for the study of southern women, her endowment created to support students conducting independent research in women's history, her groundbreaking research spanning ideology, race, and class, Dr. Scott’s uncharted exploration into the lives of southern women has established women’s history as vital to our understanding of the American South.

In addition to her ten books and more than twenty-five articles, Scott has written chapters for books and introductions to the work of other scholars. Dr. Scott was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the Citizens Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1965. She also served as president of the Southern Historical Association, and on the advisory boards of the Schlesinger Library, the Princeton University department of history, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work 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. The medals, first awarded as the Charles Frankel Prize in 1989, will be presented during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

Other recipients of the medal include: literary critic M.H. Abrams; historians David Brion Davis, and Darlene Clark Hine; East Asian scholar William Theodore De Bary; architect Johnpaul Jones; filmmaker Stanley Nelson; radio hosts Diane Rehm and Krista Tippett; and the historical organization the American Antiquarian Society.

This year, for the first time, the President will bestow a newly-designed National Humanities Medal on the ten recipients. The new National Humanities Medal, a polished bronze medallion depicting Lady Liberty, was designed by artist Paul Balan and selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities in a national medal design competition. It will replace the previous medal, which was designed by 1995 Frankel Prize winner David Macaulay.

Since 1996, when the first National Humanities Medal was given, 154 individuals have been honored, inclusive of this year’s awardees. Eleven organizations also received medals. Previous medalists include Pulitzer Prize winners Philip Roth and Marilynne Robinson, Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, essayist Joan Didion, novelist John Updike, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, sociologist Robert Coles, poet John Ashbery, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. A complete list of previous honorees is available at: