How do you like them apples?

Historian and Professor Emeritus of History Gordon Wood has been selected by President Obama to receive the National Humanities Medal.  In a ceremony at the White House today, the president will present the award to Wood and other individuals who have “deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities.”

We’re mostly excited because this is the second time that Professor Wood has been elevated to the national stage for his contribution to the humanities.  The first was in 1997, when Wood made his feature film debut…as an obscure reference in the Oscar winning movie Good Will Hunting. Two awesome things come together in this classic scene: Matt Damon name-dropping a Brown professor and a Harvard grad student being knocked down a couple of pegs:


  1. Kelly

    leo? matt damon!

  2. David Winer (Author)

    Ah–of course! Thanks for the catch.

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