The 2013 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism Goes to…

The “Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism” is given out by the Humanist Community at Harvard, the American Humanist Association, and the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics.

The first year, the award went to Salman Rushdie. In the years to follow, it went to Greg Graffin (lead singer of Bad Religion), Joss Whedon, MythbustersAdam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, and Stephen Fry.

Last year, author Mary Roach received the honor.

And this year, the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism will go to comedian and actor Eddie Izzard:

In addition to his humor, Eddie Izzard’s political activism, charity work, and support for education reminds us all that the nonreligious can be outstanding members of global society.

Izzard also appeared at the Reason Rally last spring:

The celebration and acceptance speech take place Wednesday, February 20th in the Harvard Memorial Church. Tickets are available now!

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  • Rich Wilson

    A religious friend I often debatetrash talk with is a huge Eddy Izzard fan. The ability of people like him to ‘reach across the aisle’ can’t be understated.

  • Jenny Ashford

    I’ve always been a huge fan of Eddie Izzard’s comedy, and I love that he’s used his fame as a springboard to do so many fantastic things. Go, Eddie!

  • GregPeterson

    Big fan…and I really enjoyed is work in the recent Treasure Island. I had low expectations for movie, but he was the main contribution to the story that made it worth watching. As loved as Izzard is by fans, I went away thinking he’s still be underrated in general. I’m delighted he’s getting this.

  • Bridget Gaudette

    What about non-rich, non-celebrities? These people are all awesome, so don’t get me wrong. It just struck me.

  • Chris

    Anyone else find it ironic that the award is being presented in the church? I mean, is there really not another suitable venue somewhere on/near the campus?

  • enuma

    “Death, please. No, cake! Cake!”

  • AlanMorlock

    Well its an award for cultural impact so the folks receiving this particular award will be well known in some capacity.