Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, received the National Humanities Medal today in an Oval Office ceremony hosted by President Bush and first lady Laura Bush.
The National Humanities Medal, inaugurated in 1997, honors 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. Up to 12 medals can be awarded each year.
One of the nations foremost scholars of American religious and cultural history, Noll is the co-author ofThe Search for Christian America,which he wrote with Nathan Hatch, a professor of history and former provost at Notre Dame, and George Marsden, also a McAnaney Professor of History at the University.His other publications includeThe Scandal of the Evangelical Mind;The Rise of Evangelicalism:The Age of Edwards, Whitfield, and the Wesleys;Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism;Americas God:From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln;Christians in the American Revolution; and, most recently,The Civil War as a Theological Crisis.
President and Mrs. Bush also honored 10 National Medal of Arts recipients today.Among other authors, scholars, musicians and historians recognized at the White House were Fouad Ajami and Bernard Lewis, both Middle Eastern studies scholars;Robert Fagles, a translator and classicist ofPrinceton,N.J.; Cyd Charisse, a dancer fromLos Angeles;New Yorkphotographer Roy R. DeCarava; and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans.
* Contact * _: MarkNoll at 574-631-7574 or Mark.Noll8@nd.edu