UNC English and Comparative Literature Department faculty member Dr. John McGowan is the 2016 recipient of the George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguised Achievement by an IAH Fellow. Melissa Clay has written an article for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities about the prize, with full text available on their website:
John McGowan, the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Director Emeritus of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, is the 2016 recipient of the George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an IAH Fellow.
Presented by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, where McGowan served as Director from 2007-2014, the Johnson Prize is a lifetime achievement award.
“I know John McGowan—a renowned scholar of literary and political theory—best through his role as the second Director of the IAH, and my predecessor,” said IAH Director Mark Katz, who is on research leave. “In his eight years at the IAH he worked tirelessly to promote the scholarship and welfare of Carolina’s faculty, whether through funding research and collaboration, creating programs to attend to the needs of professors at different stages of their careers, or simply engaging in enthusiastic intellectual conversation with whomever came through Hyde Hall. With this award we recognize how deeply the IAH, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University are in his debt.”
The IAH began granting the award in 2008. George Johnson is one of the Institute’s greatest ambassadors, and the IAH created this award to honor George while at the same time recognizing exemplary contributions by faculty in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences. The biennial award provides the recipient $7,500 and a banquet in his/her honor. Janet and George Johnson consider this a very important award and are delighted to be involved with the ceremony, scheduled for Nov. 4.
“I was thrilled [to learn I won the award],” said McGowan. “George is one of the great people in the world. To be associated with him is wonderful.”
The IAH podcast with John McGowan is also available to stream on Soundcloud.