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Dunlap to receive Governor’s Award in Humanities

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Sept. 30 luncheon to recognize Wofford president, two others
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College President Benjamin B. Dunlap is among three recipients of the 2010 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities, to be presented Sept. 30 in a luncheon at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The other recipients are Dr. Theodore “Ted” Rosengarten, a writer with two National Book Awards, a former McArthur Fellow, and university professor; and Lynn Robertson, executive director of McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina.

Established in 1991, the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recognize outstanding achievement in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship; institutional and individual participation in community-based programs that promote public understanding of ideas and issues related to the humanities; excellence defining South Carolina’s cultural life to the nation or world; and exemplary support for public humanities programs. From 1991-2009, 53 awards have been presented. The Humanities CouncilSC is completing its 37th year as the state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dunlap was honored for a career in humanities research and education spanning more than 40 years. After degrees from Sewanee: The University of the South and Harvard University and attending Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, he held academic appointments at Harvard, University of South Carolina, and Wofford College as the Chapman Family Professor in the Humanities. In 2000 he became Wofford’s 10th president.

At USC, Dunlap was awarded both the USC Teacher of the Year Award and the university’s Russell Award for Distinguished Scholarship. He served twice as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Thailand and was a member of the inaugural class of US-Japan Leadership Fellows in Tokyo. He has lectured and spoken widely in this country and abroad on numerous topics ranging from literature, intellectual history, and Asian studies, to film history, fiction writing and the arts. Dunlap’s many publications include poems, essays, anthologies, and opera libretti, as well as two novels in manuscripts. As a writer-producer and on-camera talent for public television, Dunlap has been a major contributor to more than 200 programs for which he has won numerous awards. Earlier in his career, he performed as soloist and principal dancer for the Columbia City Ballet.

Dunlap has been a frequent moderator for the Aspen Institute’s Executive and C.E.O. Seminars and has designed and moderated seminars in Europe, Africa, and the United States for numerous corporate clients. He has been involved in the Liberty Fellowship program for up and coming leaders in South Carolina. In 2006 Dunlap was awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater, Sewanee: The University of the South. As one of Dunlap’s colleagues states: “It is easy to imagine Bernie as a prolific writer and professor at a series of great universities around the world, but he has always balanced a commitment to world-class scholarship in the humanities to an abiding love for South Carolina and the people of our state.”

To learn more about the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities and see a complete list of the previous 53 recipients, please visit The Humanities CouncilSC Web site at

The mission of The Humanities CouncilSC is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. The council programs and initiatives are balanced, reflecting a sensitivity to the diversity of ideas, encourage open dialogue, demonstrate integrity, and are ethical in operations.

For more information on the council, contact Randy Akers, executive director at 803-771-2477 or

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