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Humanistic Studies Award Ceremony

Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Vol. 31, No. 2 (Nov., 1977), pp. 32-34
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Abstract

At the Academy's Annual Meeting last May, the first American Academy Award for Humanistic Studies was presented to literary critic and theorist Kenneth Burke. This brings to five the number of Academy-sponsored prizes; the others recognize achievements in the physical sciences, the biological sciences, the social sciences, and literature. The new prize was established to pay tribute to outstanding work in the humanities; in addition it emphasizes the Academy's commitment to the importance of humanistic insight, both in a scholarly context and for issues of concern to contemporary society. J. Hillis Miller of Yale, representing the committee responsible for nominating candidates for this award, presented the following account of the significance of Mr. Burke's remarkable achievements and of the influence of his writings in diverse areas of intellectual endeavor.

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