Awards and Recognition

Harlan Joel Gradin Award

The Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities is presented annually to outstanding and imaginative projects funded by the Council. The 2016 Gradin Award was presented to Virtual Martin Luther King Project: A Digital Humanities Installation, of North Carolina State University’s Communication department, led by Dr. Victoria Gallagher. The innovative project asked important questions about the role digital humanities can play in recreating a public history address and shaping our understanding of it. With no historical audio or video record of the address existing, audio recreations and digitally rendered visual models of Dr. King’s 1960 “Fill Up the Jails” speech were produced.