Governor’s Awards

Established in 1991, the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recognize outstanding achievement in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship; institutional and individual participation in helping communities in South Carolina better understand our cultural heritage or ideas and issues related to the humanities; excellence defining South Carolina’s cultural life to the nation or world; and exemplary support for public humanities programs. Sixty-five individuals and organizations have received awards from 1991-2013.


Governor's Award in the Humanities 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities Announced

The Humanities CouncilSC is pleased to announce that three extraordinary South Carolina individuals will be recipients of this year’s annual Governor’s Awards in the Humanities, presented at a luncheon to be held October 23, 2014 in Columbia, SC.

The three recipients are: Dr. William E. Dufford, retired public school teacher and administrator; Dr. Tom Mack, Professor and long-time Chair of the Department of English at the University of South Carolina Aiken; and Dr. Alexandra Rowe, Director of English Programs for Internationals at the University of South Carolina.

Learn more about the 2014 honorees

A luncheon honoring the recipients will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Hilton Columbia Center. Tickets are available here.


Past Recipients of the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities:

Learn more about the 2013 honorees!

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Learn more about the 2010 recipients!

Read 2010 recipient Benjamin Dunlap’s acceptance speech | Word Document

Learn more about the 2009 recipients!

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Learn more about the 2007 recipients!