Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

Inaugurated in 2011, this award honors public humanities projects and people in North Carolina that have made a deep impact in local communities through collaborative and innovative ways. The award is named for former staff member Harlan Joel Gradin who served from 1991-2011 and worked to connect communities with humanities scholarship throughout North Carolina.


  • 2011:  “Standing on a Box: Lewis Hine’s National Child Labor Committee Photography in Gaston County, 1908”
  • 2012: “Workboats of Core Sound and Raising the Story of Menhaden Fishing”
  • 2013: Kevin Duffus, Road Scholar
  • 2014: “Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970” from the Pack Library
  • 2015: “Saving and Making History in Chapel Hill: The Struggle Continues” from the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History
  • 2016: “Virtual MLK” from NC State University
  • 2017: “Preserving Our Heritage” from St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church
  • 2018: “Jane Austen Summer Program Symposium”  from the Jane Austen Summer Program
  • 2019: “Cyber Citizens Series” from I AM Not The MEdia
  • 2020: “Swords to Plowshares Memorial Belltower Centennial Tour” from Veterans for Peace, Chapter 157

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