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May 27, 2010

Alabama Humanities Foundation has sponsored a series of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Federal/State Partnership website: revised and updated

Geoff Giglierano is the new Executive Director of the Missouri Humanities Council
Road Scholar traces Creole music in Illinois
Two Englishmen met a Latinist from China: Jonathan Spence's 2010 Jefferson Lecture
May 28 is the deadline for nominating the 2011 National Humanities Medalists

Compliance plans are due June 1

Two Bridging Cultures grant application deadlines: June 1 and July 28

Download copies of the 2010-2011 general liability policies

Chairman Leach's Civility Tour takes him next to Portland, OR (June 10), Boise, ID (June 11), College Park, MD (June 13 National History Day), and Providence, RI (June 14)

Federal/State Partnership website: revised and updated

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Geoff Giglierano is the new Executive Director of the Missouri Humanities Council

Geoff Giglierano
Geoff Giglierano

The Missouri Humanities Council’s newly appointed Executive Director, Geoff Giglierano, comes to Missouri with more than 30 years of experience as a consultant and administrator, educator and historian at a variety of museums and non-profit organizations throughout the country. Giglierano plans to expand the impact of the Council and increase its relevance to Missouri residents and communities by supporting public conversations and programs that will promote a civil, literate and thoughtful society.


Originally from Ohio, Giglierano’s career has taken him around the country. His most recent position was in Connecticut as the Director of Marketing and Development for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, the largest Native American museum in the United States.


“Moving to Missouri feels like I’m coming home to the Midwest,” Giglierano said. “It is such a diverse state, with so many stories related to the river trade, the western expansion, the Civil War and other subjects related to topics I have worked on for historical societies, museums and libraries in other regions. Missouri is made up of fascinating places with wonderful stories…yet so many of these stories of Missouri’s history and people are unfamiliar, or largely unknown. I look forward to having the opportunity to explore those stories with Missouri residents and communities.”


Giglierano’s career has included working as Development Director for the American Numismatic Society, Chief Curator of Military History for the New York State Department of Military and Naval Affairs, Director of the New York City Fire Museum, Director of Education and Deputy Director for Public Programs, Exhibits, and Publications at the Cincinnati History Museum at Museum Center, and Director of the Cincinnati Fire Museum.


Giglierano was the Director at the New York City Fire Museum on 9/11, an event that showed the positive impact a museum can have on a community. “The museum became an important tool in the healing process, especially as it served as a location for a temporary memorial,” Giglierano said. “Everyone in New York at that time had something that they needed to share, and the museum served as one of the places where they could reflect, remember, and offer one another support.”

Road Scholar traces Creole music in Illinois

Dennis Stroughmatt, Illinois Road Scholar
Dennis Stroughmatt, Illinois Road Scholar

The Illinois Humanities Council, which has a solid history of learning and teaching about folk music, is sponsoring a Road Scholars Speakers Bureau tour of southern Illinois by Dennis Stroughmatt that will be filled with music and history. Born and raised in southeastern Illinois, "Stroughmatt is an authority on French Creole music and the culture of 'Upper Louisiana,' a.k.a Illinois and Missouri." In his presentation, "In Fiddle Music and Tall Tales: French Creole Culture in the Illinois Country of Upper Louisiana," Stroughmatt will explore what brought the French to Illinois, their fiddle music, a few of their exploits, and their lasting influence on the Illinois Country.

Two Englishmen met a Latinist from China: Jonathan Spence's 2010 Jefferson Lecture

Jonathan Spence giving the 2010 Jefferson Lecture
Jonathan Spence giving the 2010 Jefferson Lecture

Yale emeritus historian Jonathan Spence presented the Jefferson Lecture last Thursday evening at the Warner Theatre in downtown Washington. "When Minds Met: China and the West in the Seventeenth Century" dealt with the communications between Thomas Hyde, Robert Boyle, and Shen Fuzong. Hyde was an historian and linguist, the cataloguer of the collection given to Oxford University which became the Bodleian Library. Boyle, the discoverer of Boyle's Laws, was a famous and much sought-after scientist and linguist. Shen, the first Chinese person to visit England, was an accomplished Latinist ("both written and spoken"), trained by Jesuits in China, who had spent a year in Paris cataloguing Chinese books in Louis XIV's royal library.

Spence concluded his lecture by the assertation that "all three men, though so different, shared certain basic ideas about human knowledge: these included, but were not limited to, the importance of linguistic precision, the need for broad-based comparative studies, the role of clarity in argument, the need for thorough scrutiny of philosophical and theological principles, boldness of explication, and clarity."

May 28 is the deadline for nominating the 2011 National Humanities Medalists

NEH welcomes nominations for individuals and organizations whose activities support excellence in the humanities. Those who have received National Humanities Medals in the past include writer Barbara Kingsolver, journalist Jim Lehrer, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and presidential speech writer and historian Theodore C. Sorensen. NEH looks for people or institutions whose activities may include:
  • significant scholarship or writing that advances understanding of the humanities;
  • development of outstanding humanities education programs for traditional students and adult learners;
  • production of exemplary television documentaries or radio programs;
  • development of excellent interpretive exhibitions, reading and discussion programs, or other programs that enrich the public’s understanding of the humanities;
  • sustained philanthropic efforts on behalf of humanities activities or organizations;
  • design and implementation of new technologies that enhance public, scholarly, or educational access to the humanities; and
  • development of programs that affect the ways in which cultural resources are preserved.

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