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Muldoon and Rodgers receive Behrman Award

Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities, and Daniel Rodgers, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, have received Princeton's Behrman Award for distinguished achievement in the humanities. They were honored at a May 3 dinner.

Muldoon, a Princeton faculty member since 1990, was named in 2006 as the first chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, where he is a professor of creative writing. He also is director of the Princeton Atelier and chair of the Fund for Irish Studies. In addition, he serves as poetry editor of The New Yorker. Between 1999 and 2004 he was professor of poetry at the University of Oxford, where he is an honorary fellow of Hertford College.

Muldoon won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for "Moy Sand and Gravel," his ninth collection of poems. His 10th collection, "Horse Latitudes," was published in the fall of 2006. A fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he earned an award in literature from the latter organization in 1996. His other awards include the 1994 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry.

Rodgers, a historian of American ideas and culture, has taught at Princeton since 1980. He is the author of three books: "The Work Ethic in Industrial America, 1850-1920" (1978), winner of the Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner Prize; "Contested Truths: Keywords in American Politics" (1987); and "Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age" (1998), which won the American Historical Association's Beer Prize and the Organization of American Historians' Hawley Prize.

Rodgers has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and has served as a member of the editorial boards of the American Historical Review and the Journal of American History. He was chair of the history department from 1988 to 1995 and organizer of its summer workshops for public and parochial school history teachers. He has been a Fulbright lecturer in Germany and Japan and the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University.

Bestowed annually, the Behrman Award was established in 1975 by a gift from the late Howard Behrman, a physician and book collector.

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