RSF Grantee and Incoming Trustee Earl Lewis Awarded National Humanities Medal by President Joe Biden

April 3, 2023

RSF grantee and incoming trustee Early Lewis (University of Michigan) was awarded a 2021 National Humanities Medal by President Joe Biden on March 21, 2023. The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or organizations “whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history or literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources.” The White House cited Lewis’ contributions to the field of Black history and noted that he has educated “generations of students, while also being a leading voice for greater diversity in academic and our Nation.” 

Earl Lewis is Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is also the Director and Founder of the University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions. He is an RSF research grant recipient and will join RSF’s Board of Trustees in November 2023.

Read the full announcement from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Read the announcement from the University of Michigan.
Read the National Endowment for the Humanities’ profile of Lewis.


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