Established in 1991 in memory of the distinguished American philosopher Sidney Hook (1902-1989), who was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at City College of New York, this award recognizes national distinction by a single scholar in each of three endeavors — scholarship, undergraduate teaching and leadership in the cause of liberal arts education.
The award of $7,500 has been presented five times in conjunction with the meetings of the Council of Phi Beta Kappa. Funding for the award was made possible by a grant from the John Dewey Foundation.
John Seery, George Irving Thompson Memorial Professor of Government and Professor of Politics at Pomona College (To read Seery’s acceptance address, "The Liberal Arts as Vocation," from the 42nd Triennial Council click here.)
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