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February 2012

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February 27, 2012

This portrait of Oklahoma native John Hope Franklin was unveiled in the state capitol building February 22. Franklin served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, was the 1976 Jefferson Lecturer, and received the Charles Frankel Prize from NEH in 1993.
This portrait of Oklahoma native John Hope Franklin was unveiled in the state capitol building February 22. Franklin served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, was the 1976 Jefferson Lecturer, and received the Charles Frankel Prize from NEH in 1993.
2012-2013 general liability insurance policies are now available
Welcome Sharon Ann Holt, new executive of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities
Welcome to four interim executives
Take. Project. Run. Indiana Humanities talks about interns—and the humanities
Wendell Berry's Jefferson Lecture has already sold out


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MARCH

* Mar 6-8: Humanities on the Hill
* Mar 8-9: National Council on the Humanities
* Mar 21-25: Virginia Festival of the Book
* Mar 23: NEH grantwriting workshop held in conjunction with Mass Humanities, 10:30-noon, Boston Public Library
* Mar 29 to Apr 1: Maine Festival of the Book

 

2012-2013 general liability insurance policies are now available

The general liability insurance policies that Federal/State Partnership provides to all fifty-six state humanities councils are renewed each year on April 1. The new policies have just arrived and the coverage remains the same as in 2011-2012. If you would like copies of the policies for your records, please email Kathleen Mitchell and she will forward pdfs of them to you. A summary of the coverage is available on the Federal/State Partnership website.

Welcome Sharon Ann Holt, new executive of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Sharon Ann Holt became the new executive of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities in February, having served since 2008 as Executive Director of the Sandy Spring Museum in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 2010, she was honored by the Greater Olney Civic Association with its President’s Award for community service for her work at the Museum.

A native of the Great Lakes region, Sharon Ann earned a Ph.D in American history at the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. After several years teaching college history, she retrained for leadership in public history, ultimately holding senior staff positions at the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the South Street Seaport Museum, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. She and her husband have five grown children. She regularly writes and speaks, and occasionally publishes, in the field of public history. Succeeding Jane Rutkoff as director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, she brings a wealth of regional experience and insight, a continuing passion for the civic power of the humanities, and a commitment to innovation in program content, delivery methods, and revenue generation for the humanities at the state level.

Welcome to four interim executives

Please extend your welcomes to the interim executives at the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Alaska Humanities Forum, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and the Virgin Islands Humanities Council.

John Rochester, the Interim Executive Director at the Alabama Humanities Foundation, recently retired as the Presiding Circuit Judge for Alabama's 40th Judicial Circuit.

Jerry Covey is the Interim President/CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum. He was Alaska's commissioner of education from 1990 to 1994 and has served two terms on the board of directors of the AHF.

Laurie Zierer, the Interim Director of the Pennsylvania, is the Council's Assistant Director. She joined the Council in 1995.

Ayesha Morris, the Interim Director of the Virginia Islands Humanities Council, is the Council's program officer. Prior to joining the Council, she was a grantee and project director.

Take. Project. Run. Indiana Humanities talks about interns—and the humanities

Indiana Humanities participated in a video series sponsored by Indiana INTERNnet, a website that brings together Indiana high school and college students seeking internships with Indiana employers seeking interns. The video lets intern Maria Porter advise potential interns about what to look for in an employer. It also provides Indiana Humanities an outlet for talking about the work it does around the state as well as an opportunity to test its approach to the humanities with a young audience.

One thing Maria has learned is that Indiana Humanities lets her take a project and run with it.

Wendell Berry's Jefferson Lecture has already sold out

Wendell Berry, ┬ęPam Spaulding
Wendell Berry, ©Pam Spaulding

Wendell Berry, who NEH Chairman Jim Leach calls a 21st century Henry David Thoreau, will present the 41st Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. His lecture is entitled "It All Turns on Affection" and will discuss human interaction with nature, as depicted in history, philosophy, and literature.

Berry will speak to a sold-out house on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Fortunately, for those who have not been successful in securing tickets, the NEH is working to live stream the entire lecture.

Federal/State Partnership will work closely with councils and the NEH Office of Communications to disseminate information about any live stream of Berry’s lecture.


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National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20506
202.606.8254, main number
202.606.8365, fax

Edie Manza, director [ about ]
202.606.8257
Kathleen Mitchell, senior program officer [ about ]
202.606.8302
Meg Ferris, program analyst [ about ]
202.208.7100
Shirley Newman, program assistant [ about ]
202.606.8254

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Federal/State Partnership is the liaison between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the nonprofit network of 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils