The Sidney Hook Memorial Award recognizes national distinction by a single scholar in each of three endeavors — scholarship, undergraduate teaching, and leadership in the cause of liberal arts education. The award was established in 1991 in memory of the distinguished American philosopher and Phi Beta Kappa member, Sidney Hook (1902-1989). Funding for the award was made possible by a grant from the John Dewey Foundation.

Award recipients are honored at the Society's Triennial Council Meeting

Nomination Process: 

Nominations should be sent electronically to Jen Horneman. For full consideration, please include a letter detailing your recommendation of the candidate for this award as well as a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae, and your contact information as the nominator. Questions about the award or the nomination process can be direct to Jen Horneman via email or at 202-745-3287. Please see the official Call for Nominations  for more details.

Past Recipients: 

2015 Jill Lepore, Author and David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University
2012 Martha Craven Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago
2009  John Seery, George Irving Thompson Memorial Professor of Government and Professor of Politics at Pomona College
2006 Charles Tilly, Joseph Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University
2003 Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University
2000 Natalie Zemon Davis, professor of history emerita at Princeton University
1997 Carolyn G. Heilbrun, professor of English literature emerita at Columbia University
1994 John Hope Franklin, James B. Duke Professor of History emeritus and professor of legal history in the Law School at Duke University
1991 Leon Lederman, former president of the AAAS and Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago

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