Holberg Prize News
On 13 February the Holberg Board decided that the prize amount would increase from NOK 4.5 million to NOK 6 million (USD 760,000). The increase is effective this year.
Last week, the Holberg Committee convened in Amsterdam, and Nils Klim Laureate Claes de Vreese spoke at the Norwegian Honorary Consulate General.
The University Aula in Bergen was packed on 2nd December, when more than 300 people watched Julian Assange, John Pilger and Jonathan Heawood discuss propaganda, fake news and the role of the news media.
The Holberg Board is inviting nominations for the Holberg Prize 2019 for outstanding scholarly work in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology.
The Holberg Committee met in Vienna on 19-20 October, where they decided on a shortlist of candidates for the Holberg Prize 2018.
The Holberg team are preparing for what is expected to be a strikingly relevant Holberg Debate on 2 December, featuring prominent and even somewhat controversial media critics: John Pilger, Julian Assange and Jonathan Heawood.
“The story of Adam and Eve is about what it means for a myth to become real to millions of people,” says Holberg Laureate Stephen Greenblatt, “and also what it means to be human.”
Love letters and graffiti are some of the main uses for tribal scripts that are not very well known to much of the outside world, explains Holberg Laureate Michael Cook at a Holberg Prize event in New York.
In a world in which distraction reigns, the humanities invite quiet focus, says Holberg Laureate Stephen Greenblatt–but he acknowledges that this is hard to do.
The Holberg Prize is planning a promotional tour of two US states this September. Three former Laureates will take part in the planned events.