President Barack Obama greets Northwestern history professor Darlene Clark Hine at a White House ceremony July 28. (Photo by Jocelyn Augustino, courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities)


Darlene Clark Hine, Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and professor of history in Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has received a 2013 National Humanities Medal for outstanding achievements in history.


President Barack Obama presented the award to Hine at the White House July 28. She was one of 10 recipients of the award, which recognizes work in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary, and historic preservation.

The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened citizen engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand access to important resources in the humanities. The medals were presented in conjunction with the National Medals of Arts at the White House ceremony.

Hine is a leading historian of the African American experience and a pioneer in African American women’s history. She received the National Humanities Medal for her efforts in enriching the understanding of the African American experience. Through prolific scholarship and leadership, Hine has examined race, class, and gender and shown how the struggles and successes of African American women shaped the nation today.

In an interview with Weinberg magazine, Hine said she wanted to write a new, more inclusive history of the United States.

“I have devoted the last four decades to excavating the past — trying to find records and documents and stories from those who are not ordinarily included as significant participants in the making of America,” she said.

“Part of my obligation as a professor is to share what I’ve learned not only within the University, but also with people outside the gates, from all different walks of life," said Hine, who teaches both African American studies and history at Weinberg.

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