Haverford College alumnus, Frank
Conroy '58, took part in a White
House ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 27 to accept the National
Humanities Medal for the University
of Iowa Writers' Workshop — the first university-based
organization to be presented the Medal. Administered by the
National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medal "honors
individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding
of the humanities, broadened citizens' engagement with the humanities,
or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important
resources in the humanities."
In 1987, when Conroy became the fifth
director of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, then University
President James O. Freedman predicted, "his appointment
insures that The Writers' Workshop will remain the most distinguished
program of its kind in the country."