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English Professor Emeritus Receives North Carolina Humanities Council’s Highest Honor

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James W. Clark, Jr., professor emeritus of English, has won the 2020 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities — the North Carolina Humanities Council’s most prestigious honor. Created in 1990, the award honors individuals who have strengthened the educational, cultural and civic life of North Carolinians.

Clark, a member of NC State’s faculty for 38 years, retired in 2005. He led NC State’s Humanities Extension program for many years, producing cultural geography videos about North Carolina writers in a series called Talk About Writing. Clark was also awarded the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal of Excellence.

Clark continues to be actively involved with 4-H as a donor, archivist and committee chair of the NC 4-H History and Learning Center. He has also held leadership positions with the Paul Green Foundation, Thomas Wolfe Society and North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, among other organizations.

An award ceremony and reception to honor Clark is planned for this fall. 

Read more about the award here.

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  1. A fantastic professor and even better man! A well-deserved honor for Dr. Clark! Congratulations!