Director of the Humanities Institute and the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Michael Lynch, has been named winner of the 2019 George Orwell Award. This award, which has been granted annually since 1975 by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), recognizes distinguished contribution to honesty and clarity in public language. Michael joins the ranks of other prestigious George award winners such as linguistic and political activist Noam Chomsky (1987), comedian and host of the Daily show Jon Stewart (2005), and Michael Pollan author of Food Rules (2010). Chief among the works of Michael Lynch recognized by this award is his latest book Know-It-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture. The book is an in-depth examination of the role that our blind political convictions play in fanning the flames of our public divisions and grounding us in our tribal affiliations.