THE HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES is an annual award aimed at identifying candidates who are in the early stages of careers devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise and has a significant public component related to contemporary culture.
The opposite of a lifetime achievement award, the Hiett Prize seeks to encourage future leaders in the humanities by recognizing their early accomplishment and their potential and assisting their ongoing work through a cash award of $50,000. The Hiett Prize was endowed by Kim Hiett Jordan, a Lifetime Board Member of the Dallas Institute, to honor her parents, who inspired in her a lifelong love of learning.
MEET THE 2017 RECIPIENT DR. JAMES MATTHEW WILSON
James Matthew Wilson has been on a spiritual and intellectual quest since his undergraduate days at the University of Michigan: to discover for himself—and to recover for Western culture—the sense of purpose and meaning largely disavowed and abandoned in our skeptical age. As he puts it, the fruits of his work thus far “are my effort to draw out the implications for our lives of the essential truth, goodness, and beauty of reality as a whole.”After earning an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English Literature and Irish Studies from Notre Dame University, he began his tenure at Villanova University, where he is currently Associate Professor of Religion and Literature. A widely published, award-winning poet, scholar, and public intellectual, James has written numerous essays and articles and several books, including The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition (2017) and Some Permanent Things, a collection of his published poems (2014).
2017 Hiett Prize Judges: Dallas Institute Fellows Dr. Gail Thomas, Dr. Judy Kelly, and Dr. Rodney Teague
JOIN US FOR THREE AMAZING EVENTS WITH THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT
Featuring Sarah Cortez and James Matthew Wilson
James Matthew Wilson and Sarah Cortez are decidedly different in many ways—from different parts of the country, different ethnic backgrounds, different professional lives. But they share at least one thing in common that is paramount for them both: a love of poetry. And not only a love, but a deep-seated belief in poetry’s importance in today’s world. Winner of this year’s Hiett Prize in the Humanities awarded by the Dallas Institute, James Wilson teaches religion and literature at Villanova University in Philadelphia. Sarah Cortez has worked in both non-profit and for-profit worlds and, since 1994, served as a police officer while following her heart’s desire to write. During this Hiett Forum, the two distinguished poets will read from their published work and discuss why poetry matters today—especially today.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Dr. Dorothy and John R. Castle
Dr. Sharon Harris
Kathy M. Herring
Sally and Forrest Hoglund
Kim Hiett Jordan
Dr. Nancy Cain Marcus
Ginny Jackson and Steven Raab
Dr. Joanne Stroud
Dr. Gail Thomas
To become a sponsor contact Director of Development, Sharon Carson, at 214-981-8810.
Founder . Kim Hiett Jordan
Chair . Dr. Jaina Sanga
Committee . Vanessa Bartee, Joyce Dennis, Sandy Dreger, Peggy Levinson, Kathy McDaniel, Kenderia Miles, Trisha Watson
HIETT PRIZE RECIPIENTS
Applications for the 2018 Hiett Prize in the Humanities are due by Friday, April 13, 2018.
1. A letter of recommendation from a person whose career in the humanities is well established;
2. A curriculum vitae of no more than four pages;
3. A narrative profile of accomplishments and published work;
4. A plan for future scholarship and/or projects in the humanities.
*All applicants must reside in the United States.
Submit applications to: HiettPrize@DallasInstitute.org or by mail to the attention of Dr. J. Larry Allums.
For more information, contact Dr. Allums at 214.981.8814