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2012 OHA Awardees Announced

2012 OHA Awardees Announced

October 10, 2011
Contact: Traci Jinkens, Marketing and Development Director
Oklahoma Humanities Council
(405) 235-0280 • [email protected]


Oklahoma City, OK—The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) announced the names of the 2012 awardees to be honored at its Oklahoma Humanities Awards dinner, March 22, 2012, at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

"Under our mission to engage people with the humanities, it is fitting that we honor the people and organizations that are keeping culture—and our understanding of it—alive," said OHC Executive Director Ann Thompson."The work they do is often behind the scenes, so we’re happy to host this event to thank them for all the ways that make life and culture in Oklahoma more meaningful."

Following are the 2012 Oklahoma Humanities Awardees:

Dr. Alvin Turner, Dean Emeritus of the School of the Humanities and Social Studies at East Central University, will receive OHC’s highest honor, the Oklahoma Humanities Award, for his dedication to the humanities through his teaching, writing, and participation in public humanities programming. Dr. Turner, a former Chair of the OHC Board, is the author of numerous works including Letters from the Dust Bowl (2001) and The East Central University Story (2006). Dr. Turner has also been an active and popular scholar in OHC programs including Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma! and Territory Speakers.

The Oklahoma Gazette will receive the Community Support Award for its years of supporting cultural programming across the state. The Oklahoma Gazette provides valuable advertising space to non-profits seeking to promote their events, regularly publishes a calendar of free events, and features content that increases the public’s understanding of the humanities.

Dr. Bill Corbett, Professor of History & Chair at Northeastern State University, will receive the Public Humanities Award for his dedication to providing outstanding public programming across the state. Dr. Corbett has been an active and popular scholar for several OHC programs, including Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma! and Territory Speakers. Dr. Corbett also served as the state scholar for the Council’s first Museum on Main Street exhibit, Journey Stories.

Dr. Catherine Webster, Associate Professor of French at the University of Central Oklahoma, will receive the Community Leadership Award for the development and coordination of French cultural and educational programming for children and adults through L’Alliance Française d’Oklahoma City. The programs included film festivals, cultural classes, and book clubs.

Rector Johnson Middle School in Broken Bow will receive the Humanities in Education Award for the creation of the H³ (History Happens Here) Time Travelers’ Book Club. The program used literature to awaken students’ interest in history and students analyzed eight titles ranging from the Colonial period through World War II. Students also raised money throughout the year in order to take two trips to places of historical significance—Fort Smith, AR and a week-long trip to Vicksburg, MS and New Orleans, LA.

A Tapestry Tour of Five Historic Sites in Southwest Oklahoma will be recognized as Outstanding OHC Project, an award that honors public programming made possible by an OHC program or grant. Sponsored by the Southern Prairie Library System and the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus, the program featured a bus tour of five sites in the area listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The program also featured a video production of the tour and an educational brochure.

About the Oklahoma Humanities Council
The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote meaningful public engagement with the humanities—disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OHC provides teacher institutes, Smithsonian exhibits, reading groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. With a focus on K-12 education and community building, OHC engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.