This Week’s #WCW: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

Evelyn WCW
Photo Credit: Ralph Alswang for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Each week HCWC will spotlight a woman within the Harvard community or beyond whose work and actions we deem to be “crush worthy.” We encourage you to participate in our #WCW  via your various social media platforms by sharing the women we honor each week to bring light to their important work.

Who she is: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Why she’s our #WCW: Professor Higgenbotham was just awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. The White House awarded ten distinguished recipients the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The awardees include historians, writers, a philosopher, scholar, preservationist, food activist and an education course. President Barack Obama conferred the medal in a September 10 ceremony in the East Room. The First Lady also attended. The National Humanities Medal honors an individual or organization whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources.

As an award-winning academic and a member of our faculty, we congratulate Professor Higginbotham and thank her for being a member of the Harvard community!

To nominate another #WCW, please use our form! Happy #WCW from #HCWC!


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