Dr. Elizabeth Samet, Professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point, is the 2012 recipient of the $50,000 Hiett Prize in the Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.  The award, which recognizes an emerging leader in the humanities, was presented to Dr. Samet at the Dallas Institute on October 19, when she made a public presentation. The Hiett Prize is among the nation’s most prestigious honors in the humanities.  The $50,000 annual award was created by The Dallas Institute in 2005 in collaboration with philanthropist Kim Hiett Jordan to recognize a person who has not yet reached his or her full potential, but whose work in the humanities shows extraordinary promise and is already making a difference in the way we think about the world. The purpose of the Hiett Prize is to encourage future leaders in the humanities—recognizing their achievement and their promise and assisting their work through a cash award. Overall, it represents the counterpart of lifetime achievement awards by aiming at the discovery of new talent in the humanities on its way toward full maturity.

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