Louisiana Cultural Vistas - Spring 2009 - (Page 5)
2009 Humanities Awards Ceremony The LEH holds its 2009 Annual Humanist of the Year Awards Ceremony March 21, 2009 at the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow, Louisiana. The 2009 humanities award winners are: • HUMANIST OF THE YEAR – Barry Jean Ancelet, PhD, of Scott, La., a long-time professor of French and Acadian culture and language at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. • LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION TO THE HUMANITIES AWARD – Priscilla Lawrence, executive director of The Historic New Orleans Collection. • CHAIR’S AWARD FOR INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT – Friends of the Humanities of Lafayette, for its excellent work in humanities studies and activities in Louisiana. • HUMANITIES DOCUMENTARY FILM OF THE YEAR AWARD – Louisiana Story: The Reverse Angle by Tika Laudun and Charles E. Richard, a production of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. • MICHAEL P. SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD FOR DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY – Lafayette photographer Philip Gould. • LEGISLATIVE AWARDS – State Senator Cheryl Gray of New Orleans and State Rep. Joe Harrison of Labadieville. • INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE HUMANITIES AWARDS – John W. Hall, PhD, professor emeritus in geography at LSU in Shreveport, and Thomas Fick, PhD, a resident of Covington and English professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. • PUBLIC HUMANITIES PROGRAMMING AWARD – Karen McPheeters, director of the Farmington Public Library in New Mexico, site of many PRIME TIME programs, and Gail Garcia, community relations manager for the Iberia Parish Library. • HUMANITIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD – Ned Sublette for his book The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square. • HUMANITIES TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD – Cathy Mills, a middle school art and Louisiana history teacher at Episcopal School of Acadiana in Lafayette, and Jennifer Williams, an elementary school teacher at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. Barry Jean Ancelet Priscilla Lawrence Tika Laudun Charles E. Richard Philip Gould Joe Harrison Cheryl Gray Thomas Fick Karen McPheeters Gail Garcia Ned Sublette Cathy Mills RELIC: Readings in Literature & Culture For three centuries, Louisiana has been a true crossroads of people and cultures. With this in mind, the long-running RELIC program “Encounter in Louisiana” is undergoing a major content revision to allow readers the opportunity to revisit this theme with new writers and literature. The new books will include The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and Tim Gautreaux’s recently published The Clearing. Both Grau and Toole were awarded Pulitzer Prizes (Toole posthumously) for their work, and Gaines’ won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Tim Gautreaux has enjoyed immense success over the decade with his short stories and his recent novel. These authors give voice to the various ethnic, social and cultural segments in Louisiana. Since 1983, RELIC, has enrolled nearly 85,000 readers in 62 parishes across Louisiana. These six-week thematic series are led by university scholars, who introduce the books and lead group discussions. For a full list of ongoing RELIC programs statewide, log on to www.leh.org/html/relic.html Governor Jindal appoints three new board members Governor Bobby Jindal recently named three gubernatorial appointments to the LEH Board of Directors. They are: • Lois Hoover, of Monroe, who serves as a member of the Ouachita Expressway Authority. • Sandie Jordan, of Lake Charles, who is involved with many humanitarian organizations, including the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. • Virginia Shehee, of Shreveport, who is an executive at Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company and serves as chair of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Sandie Jordan and Strand Theatre. Spring 2009/LOUISIANA CULTURAL VISTAS 5
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