President Barack Obama awarded former University of Kentucky student and creative writing professor Wendell Berry one of only 10 National Humanities Medals for outstanding achievements in history, literature, education and cultural policy.
Berry is renowned for his achievements as a poet, novelist, farmer and conservationist. The author of more than 40 books, Berry has spent his career exploring our relationship with the land and the community.
Berry received bachelor's and master's degrees at UK, later returning for two separate stints of teaching as well. UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy said the university community is proud of Berry's latest national honor.
"We take particular pride in the award of a National Humanities Medal to Wendell Berry, our alumnus and revered former faculty member," Subbaswamy said. "As an acclaimed author and conservationist, he is an inspiration to all who come into contact with him and his literary work."