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Dr. Margaret D. Bauer Honored with John Tyler Caldwell Award

Dr. Margaret D. Bauer

NCWN trustee Dr. Margaret D. Bauer is the recipient of the 2018 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council. This is the Council’s most prestigious honor.

This award recognizes Dr. Bauer for her lifelong achievements as a professor, editor, scholar, author, and supporter of literature in North Carolina.

Dr. Margaret D. Bauer is the Ralph Hardee Rives Chair of Southern Literature and Distinguished Professor of Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University, where she has served as Editor of the North Carolina Literary Review for more than twenty years. Under her editorship, NCLR has received four awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. She has also edited two books on North Carolina playwright Paul Green, and one of her articles on Green explores his collaboration with Richard Wright on adapting Native Son for the stage. She is the author of works including William Faulkner’s Legacy (2005), and A Study of Scarletts: Scarlett O’Hara’s Literary Daughters (2014), as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals.

In 2017, she notably received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor given by the Governor of North Carolina. She is a past President of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Paul Green Foundation and is a Board Trustee of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

The John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities honors distinguished individuals who have strengthen the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolinians through their life’s work. Inaugurated in 1990, the award is named for the late Dr. John Tyler Caldwell, former chancellor of North Carolina State University and founding member of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Past Caldwell Laureates include William C. Friday (1999), Marsha White Warren (2009), Congressman David Price (2011), Betty Ray McCain (2012), Harvey Gantt (2015), and Bland Simpson (2017).

Dr. Bauer will be honored in a ceremony on Friday, October 5, at 6:00 pm at the Friday Conference Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tickets for the ceremony are still available.

The $25 ticket includes free parking; heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an opening and closing ceremony, including an exclusive author conversation, “Southern Literature and the Humanities,” with international bestselling author and winner of the 1997 National Book Award for Fiction for Cold Mountain, Dr. Charles Frazier, interviewed by Dr. Liza Wieland, professor of English and Associate Dean in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at ECU.

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through its public humanities programs and grants, the Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of North Carolina’s many cultures and heritage. The North Carolina Humanities Council operates the NC Center for the Book; an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress that receives support from the State Library of North Carolina. To learn more visit