Sidney Hook Memorial Award

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 $10,000 has been presented six 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.

Contact Jen Horneman for the deadline for nominations for the Sidney Hook Memorial Award.
Nominations should include: A letter of nomination from a person familiar with the nominee's qualifying work, a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae, and the nominator's and nominee's contact information, including email addresses.  Please email nominations and all supporting materials to Jen Horneman at  If you have any questions, please contact Jen at (202) 745-3287.

Awardees include:

2015 Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University
2012 Martha Craven Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago


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.)  

2006 Charles Tilly, Joseph Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University
2003 Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University
2000 Natalie Zemon Davis, professor of history emerita at Princeton University
1997 Carolyn G. Heilbrun, professor of English literature emerita at Columbia University
1994 John Hope Franklin, James B. Duke Professor of History emeritus and professor of legal history in the Law School at Duke University
1991 Leon Lederman, former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Physics at the University of Chicag
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