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September 2012

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September 24, 2012

Get out your calendars.
There are so many big humanities council
fund- and friend-raising events in the next few weeks.

Florida is celebrating the 500th anniversary of Spanish settlement. The Florida Humanities Council takes a trip to where it all began.
Sept 25
Humanities Washington reception honors Congressman Norm Dicks
Sept 28 & Oct 12
Bedtime Stories 2012 in Spokane & Seattle
Sept 29 & Oct 12
Richard Russo in Boise and Anthony Doerr in Coeur d'Alene
Oct 2
Robert D. Putnam in Nebraska
Oct 5
Betty Ray McCain to receive North Carolina award
Oct 10
New Jersey Council for the Humanities turns 40
Oct 18
Andrew Young and Kabir Sehgal in New Hampshire
Oct 25
Edmund Morris in West Virginia
Oct 26 to Nov 3
Mass Humanities Cuba trip
just happened
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities' humanities showcase & awards festivities
too late
Celebrating E. O. Wilson in Alabama and Robert McCloskey in Maine

Welcome to two new council executives: Nina Kemppel of the Alaska Humanities Forum (scroll down for photo and bio) and Hayden W. Anderson of the Maine Humanities Council.

Prior to joining the AKHF, Nina was a principal at the Coraggio Group, a strategy and organizational change firm based in Portland, OR. She is well-known in Alaska as a four-time cross-country skiing Olympian. Hayden was interim Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland, ME for the past year, and since 2009 was its Development Director. A Certified Fund Raising Executive, he is an experienced nonprofit leader and certified as a strategic planning, board development, annual fund, and capital campaign consultant.

"Muslim Journeys" bookshelf grant opportunity: application deadline October 25, 2012. Through Bridging Cultures Bookshelves, carried out with the American Library Association, NEH will provide materials to libraries to help them engage audiences in reflection on and conversation about a variety of Bridging Cultures themes.

Sept 25

Humanities Washington reception honors Congressman Norm Dicks

Humanities Washington is hosting a free reception to honor Washington Congressman Norm Dicks and to present him with the 2012 Humanities Washington Award.

The reception and the award celebrate Dicks' almost 40-year congressional career, the highlights of which range from funding "the humanities and the arts, to supporting policies that enable preservation of historic places, parks, wildlife refuges and trails, to advocating for ... Native American tribes."

The reception is hosted by Ralph Munro, Bill Taylor, Karen Munro, and the Trustees of Humanities Washington and will take place at Triple Creek Farm in Olympia.

Sept 28 & Oct 12

Bedtime Stories 2012 in Spokane & Seattle

Bedtime Stories is Humanities Washington's annual literary celebration. It features critically acclaimed Northwest writers who read original short stories created especially for it. Bedtime Stories is called “the region’s premier literary event” by National Book Award winner Charles Johnson.The theme of this year's fundraiser for HW's programs is Red Eye.

Bedtime Stories, an evening of food, wine, and words, makes its debut in Spokane on September 28. The featured writers include Kim Barnes, Jim Lynch, Shann Ray, and Nance Van Winckel. Jess Walter will emcee.The 14th annual Bedtime Stories in Seattle on October 12 will be emceed by Nancy Pearl and will include writers Kathleen Flenniken, Charles Johnson, Kevin O’Brien, and Amy Wheeler.

Humanities Washington has published Night Lights, a collection of 22 stories read at Bedtime Stories events from 1999-2009.

Sept 29 & Oct 12

Richard Russo in Boise and Anthony Doerr in Coeur d'Alene

Richard Russo (left) and Anthony Doerr
Richard Russo (left) and Anthony Doerr

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo, a novelist of small-town working-class America, will speak at the Idaho Humanities Council's 16th Annual Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner. During his evening in Boise, Russo will talk about his life, his work, the liberal dose of humor that fuels his fiction, and the art of intertwining tragedy and comedy throughout his work to create the natural tensions of everyday working life.

Benefactors and patrons of the IHC have the opportunity to meet writer Anthony Doerr at a private home before his public lecture in Coeur d'Alene on October 12. Doerr’s books include the much-praised short story collection The Shell Collector, a novel About Grace, and a memoir Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World. The title story in Memory Wall, the 2010 Story Prizewinner, is being adapted as a feature film.

Oct 2

Robert D. Putnam in Nebraska

Robert D. Putnam, the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, will deliver the 17th annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities in Lincoln. It is also the first program in the 2012-2013 E. N. Thompson Forum on World Issues and is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the University of Nebraska. The lecture will explore Putnam’s recent book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us which he co-authored with David Campbell of the University of Notre Dame. Putnam wrote the best-selling books Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community and Making Democracy Work. Both rank high among the most cited publications in the social sciences of the last several decades.

Oct 5

Betty Ray McCain to receive North Carolina award

The North Carolina Humanities Council will award Betty Ray McCain its 2012 John Tyler Caldwell Award in the Humanities. McCain has served North Carolina in many ways, most prominently as the Secretary of Cultural Resources between 1993 and 2001. Among her many civic and humanities activities, she has served on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and was instrumental in building the current North Carolina Museum of History. McCain helped secure support to excavate the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the pirate Blackbeard’s ship. She is working on an oral history project to honor the veterans of World War II in Wilson County.

Betty Ray McCain worked closely with Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., (1977–1985 and 1993–2001) who will deliver the annual Caldwell Lecture for the Humanities at the October 5 event.

Oct 10

New Jersey Council for the Humanities turns 40

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities will celebrate its 40th year by looking back at its decades of work while looking forward to new ideas, conversations, and connections. At an event at Drew University, Tracy K. Smith of Princeton University, 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, will be the featured speaker and the annual NJCH Book Award and Teacher of the Year Award will be presented.

Kenneth Slawenski is receiving the Book Award for J. D. Salinger: A Life for accomplishing "the highest goal of a literary biography—to excite the reader into revisiting the works of the author ... with a renewed sense of interest, knowledge, and wonder." Slawenski brings attention to such previously unrecognized issues as the effects of Salinger’s service in World War II on his writing.

John Russell, a social studies teacher at Burlington City High School, is the NJCH Teacher of the Year. He encourages his students to explore humanities concepts from multiple perspectives and to take ownership of their learning. His innovative lesson plans and unique methods enable students to expand their understanding and defend a variety of viewpoints.

Oct 18

Andrew Young and Kabir Sehgal in New Hampshire

Andrew Young and Kabir Sehgal will offer the keynote address at the New Hampshire Humanities Council's 23rd Annual Dinner in Manchester.

Andrew Young is a legend of the American Civil Rights movement as well as a statesman, mayor of Atlanta, a congressman, and United States ambassador to the United Nations. He served as president of the National Council of Churches USA and was a supporter and friend of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kabir Sehgal is Young's godson who now works at JP Morgan after studying at Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics. Together, they wrote Walk in My Shoes, a memoir in which Young offers his thoughts on race, civil rights, faith, and leadership to the generation of young people in whose hands the world will soon rest. The foreword was written by President Bill Clinton.

Past NHHC Annual Dinner speaker Archbishop Desmond Tutu said that not only is Walk in My Shoes "an innovative memoir, these pages are filled with irreverent honesty and timeless wisdom."

Oct 25

Edmund Morris in West Virginia

The West Virginia Humanities Council announces that Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Edmund Morris will present the annual Betsy K. McCreight Lecture in the Humanities in Charleston. The author of several biographies, Morris is best known for his three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1980, Theodore Rex (2001) became an immediate bestseller and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography, and Colonel Roosevelt became a New York Times bestseller within two weeks of its publication in 2010.

Morris has also written biographies of Ronald Reagan and Ludwig von Beethoven. He is currently working on a life of Thomas Edison.

Oct 26 to Nov 3

Mass Humanities Cuba trip

Mass Humanities has announced two trips to Cuba over the next few months. The first is October 26 to November 3, 2012 and the second is January 19-25, 2013. Each itinerary includes Havana, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos—all culturally rich and fascinating cities. There will be stops in Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara Memorial and San Francisco de Paula to visit the Hemingway Estate. Each day there will be one or more meetings with arts groups, public educators, foundation officials, artisans, and private entrepreneurs.

The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (Mass Humanities) has been relicensed by the U.S. government to resume travel to Cuba for the purpose of people-to-people cultural exchanges. It is authorized to bring groups of up to 24 travelers to Cuba. Executive director David Tebaldi has led eight trips to Cuba, beginning in 2000. He will guide the tour in January. Steve Hart will guide the fall 2012 tour.

just happened

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities' humanities showcase & awards festivities

RICH honored William Vareika, gallery owner and specialist in 18th and 19th century American art, with the Honorary Chairs’ Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities and awarded Jeannine Chartier, Executive and Artistic Director of VSA Arts, the annual Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities at the 2012 Celebration of the Humanities on September 22.

The evening was a showcase of Humanities Council grantee projects, an awards ceremony, open wine bar and hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and live and silent auctions. RICH opened an online auction in early September. One of the auction items was a week in St. Lucia.

too late

Celebrating E. O. Wilson in Alabama and Robert McCloskey in Maine

The Alabama Humanities Foundation welcomed scientist and writer Edward O. Wilson as the Alabama Humanities Award honoree and featured speaker at the Annual Luncheon on September 10. Wilson is internationally recognized as one of the most articulate authorities on the interrelatedness of knowledge disciplines and life systems. A Pulitzer Prize-winner, his writings are addressed to both scientific and non-scientific audiences and include his recent novel, Anthill, set in the woods of South Alabama. Listen to Diane Rehm's conversation with him in April 2010.

One Evening in Maine: A Celebration of Robert McCloskey was a benefit dinner on September 13 to support the Maine Humanities Council's programs for educators and at-risk populations on the 60th anniversary of McCloskey’s One Morning in Maine—"the story of a lost tooth, a wish come true, and Maine at its most beautiful." Guests met Jane McCloskey, Robert McCloskey's daughter (and Sal’s little sister Jane in the book, who was allowed to have only vanilla ice cream so that the drips wouldn’t stain) and had books signed by her and Maine artist/illustrators.They enjoyed a catered meal that included clues from Robert McCloskey’s books.


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