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MERRILL AWARD GALA   |  October 21, 2022 Download PDF

John McWhorter Accepts ACTA’s 2022 Philip Merrill Award

“Professor McWhorter’s role as a scholar, teacher, and social critic makes him one of the most important voices in contemporary American life,” said ACTA President Michael Poliakoff. “His incisive writings have powerfully increased the public’s understanding of language, race relations, and liberal arts education. The high importance he places on intellectual openness and the free exchange of ideas is key to reviving liberal arts education and repairing our fractured public discourse. ACTA is privileged to honor him as its 17th Merrill Award winner.”


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