Family Guy Seth MacFarlane named Harvard Humanist of the Year
Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy announced that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will be named Harvard Humanist of the Year 2011.
MacFarlane is known as the creative force behind such popular animated television programs as Family Guy, American Dad and the Cleveland Show. MacFarlane is a successful actor, animator, writer, comedian, singer, producer and voice actor. More than this, MacFarlane is a prominent and outspoken atheist.
MacFarlane will accept the Harvard Humanist of the Year award at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard on June 14. Past recipients include the first openly non-theistic sitting U.S. congressman Pete Stark (2007); renowned scientists Steven Pinker and E.O. Wilson; and human rights hero General Romeo Dallaire.
From the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy announcement:
While it is rare for someone his age to receive this honor, his extensive body of work, his active, passionate commitment to Humanist values, and his fearless support of equal marriage rights and other social justice issues compel us to recognize his contributions now.
For 20 years, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard has presented the Humanist of the Year award to an individual whose life's work and personal commitment most exemplified the application of Humanist values in the public arena.