White House Announces Recipients of National Humanities Medal

By Tim Cheng | September 10 2015 | Humanities & Social Sciences

Congratulations to Knopf Doubleday authors Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex, Jhumpa Lahiri, author of The Lowland, and Annie Dillard, author of For the Time Being, who were announced as recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The National Humanities Medal honors an individual or organization whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources. William Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which manages the nominations process for the Medal on behalf of the White House, said: “The recipients of this medal have sparked our imaginations, ignited our passions, and transformed our cultural understanding. They embody how the humanities can serve a common good.” In conjunction with the National Humanities Medals, President Barack Obama presented the 2014 National Medals of Arts to Stephen King for his contributions as an author and to Tobias Wolff for his contributions as an author and educator. The ceremony took place on Thursday, September 10, 2015 in an East Room ceremony at the White House.

Plato at the Googleplex
Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? The acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.
$19.00 US
Jan 06, 2015
480 Pages

The Lowland
National Book Award Finalist; Man Booker Prize Finalist
Winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
$18.00 US
Jun 17, 2014
432 Pages

For the Time Being
Essays (PEN Literary Award Winner)
Following a novel, a memoir, and a book of poems, Annie Dillard returns to a form of nonfiction she has made her own—now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
$16.95 US
Feb 08, 2000
224 Pages