Announcing the 2012 Paideia Prize Winner: Mr. Wendell Berry

Dec 2, 2011
After keeping it a secret for a few weeks, we're pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Russell Kirk Paideia Prize, presented at our conference annually to an educator who has dedicated his or her life to the cultivation of wisdom and virtue. This year's winner is:

Mr. Wendell Berry 

  The 2012 Russell Kirk Paideia Prize-giving banquet will take place on Friday, July 20th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lousiville, Kentucky.   Come celebrate the life and work of Mr. Berry and his dedication to the cultivation of mind, body, and soul. In his writings and teaching - at the University level as well as at Highlands Latin School in Kentucky - Mr. Berry's work is richly influenced by the classical idea of harmony. His insistance that education done right is education done in community is a belief that we share, and take seriously. To reserve a spot at this event please click here.  - - - - WENDELL BERRY was born in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1934. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1956 and continued on to complete a master’s degree in 1957. In 1958, he received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. Berry has taught at Stanford University, Georgetown College, New York University, the University of Cincinnati, and Bucknell University. He taught at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky from 1964-77, and again from 1987-93. The author of more than 40 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Wendell Berry has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1962), the Vachel Lindsay Prize from Poetry (1962), a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1965), a National Institute of Arts and Letters award for writing (1971), the Emily Clark Balch Prize from The Virginia Quarterly Review (1974), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Jean Stein Award (1987), a Lannan Foundation Award for Non-Fiction (1989), Membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers (1991), the Ingersoll Foundation's T. S. Eliot Award (1994), the John Hay Award (1997), the Lyndhurst Prize (1997), and the Aitken-Taylor Award for Poetry from The Sewanee Review (1998). His books include the novel Hannah Coulter (2004), the essay collections Citizenship Papers (2005) and The Way of Ignorance (2006), and Given: Poems (2005), all available from Counterpoint. Berry's latest works include The Mad Farmer Poems (2008) and Whitefoot (2009), which features illustrations by Davis Te Selle. He lives and works with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Port Royal, Kentucky.   To learn more about Mr. Berry, click here and here. *Bio from Counterpoint Publishers **Have you been to a Paideia Prize banquet before? If so, let us know how we can continue to improve the banquet experience by filling out this brief survey.          
David Kern

David Kern

David is director of our multimedia initiatives (which includes developing and editing web content, heading up our magazine and publishing imprint, and more), planner of conferences, and head of corporate goodwill (which is our word for marketing). He often writes about film, television, books, and other culture-related topics, and has been published by Christ and Pop Culture, Think Christian, Relevant, and elsewhere.  David and his wife, Bethany, have three young boys and they live in Concord, NC near both sets of grandparents. In his spare time, he  enjoys rooting for the Green Bay Packers; reading books by folks like Wendell Berry, Flannery O'Connor, and Cormac McCarthy; and cooking as much as possible. ​

Awesome! I know you've wanted to do this for a while ... hope I can make it up for it!