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5 Academics Are Awarded 2013 National Humanities Medals

President Obama on Tuesday announced the 10 winners of the 2013 National Humanities Medals, which recognize 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.”

Among the winners are five people with academic ties: M.H. Abrams, a literary critic who taught at Cornell University for 38 years; David Brion Davis, a historian who teaches at Yale University; William Theodore de Bary, an East Asian scholar and professor at Columbia University; Darlene Clark Hine, a historian and professor at Northwestern University; and Anne Firor Scott, a historian who taught at Duke University for 30 years.

Also receiving one of the medals are the architect Johnpaul Jones, the filmmaker Stanley Nelson, the radio hosts Diane Rehm and Krista Tippett, and the American Antiquarian Society.

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