2020 Silver Medals in the Humanities

Restoration by Thomas Crow

Restoration: The Fall of Napoleon in the Course of European Art, 1812-1820

by Thomas Crow
Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art and Associate Provost for the Arts, New York University

Published by Princeton University Press

Jury Statement on Restoration

This beautifully written and produced book opens new perspectives onto an eight-year period of political chaos through an examination of the lives of key artists and works of art. In new and often revelatory readings of the work of a dozen painters, some well-known and others less familiar to all but specialist readers, Thomas Crow subtly intertwines a number of seemingly contradictory historical trajectories — the fall of Napoleon, the European restoration, and even a tentative sense of liberatory progress. Lucid, engaging, and enlightening, this is a masterly, almost epigrammatic work by a historicist art historian at the top of his game.


Colonial Al Andalus by Eric Calderwood

Colonial al-Andalus: Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture

by Eric Calderwood
Associate Professor in the Program in Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Published by The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Jury Statement on Colonial al-Andalu

“We have many accounts of “moorish” influences in Spain, but almost none of the lingering shadow of the Spanish presence in Morocco. Colonial al-Andalus offers an original, deeply researched, and compelling narrative of a relationship of increasing international importance. With exemplary analyses of Spanish- and Arabic-language texts that demonstrate the pervasiveness of the “myth” of Andalusia in both Spain and Morocco in modernity, Calderwood’s work is well documented, vivid in style, and timely.


2020 Final Jury

Dudley Andrew
R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature
Yale University

JoAnn DellaNeva
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
Academic Director of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway
University of Notre Dame

Lydia Goehr
Professor of Philosophy
Columbia University

Michael Jennings
Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages and Professor of German
Princeton University

Declan Kiberd
Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies
University of Notre Dame