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OHA Awardees Announced

OHA Awardees Announced

October 21, 2010
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Oklahoma Humanities Council Announces Awardees

Oklahoma City, OK—The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) announced the names of the 2011 awardees to be honored at its Oklahoma Humanities Awards dinner, February 24, 2011, at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

“We want to honor the people and programs that enrich our state’s cultural life,” said OHC Executive Director Ann Thompson. “The occasion demonstrates the relevance of the humanities to modern society. By recognizing outstanding public programs like exhibits, book discussions, and classroom projects, we can showcase how the humanities expand our worldview and change people’s lives every day.”

Following are the 2011 Oklahoma Humanities Awardees:

Dr. Peter C. Rollins, Emeritus Professor of English and American/Film Studies, Oklahoma State University, will receive OHC’s highest honor, the Oklahoma Humanities Award, for his record of teaching, research, and outreach as a scholar in the humanities. Dr. Rollins is the author of several award-winning books, including two volumes honored with the National Popular Culture Association’s Ray and Pat Brown Award: Why We Fought: America’s Wars as Film and History (2008) and Hollywood’s White House: The American Presidency in Film and History (2003). His book Television Histories: Shaping Memory in the Media Age (2001) received the Best Book in American Culture Studies from the Popular Culture Association. Dr. Rollins’ awards include the 1998 Award for Distinguished Service, presented jointly by the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association. His most recent book is America Reflected: Language, Satire, Film, and the National Mind.

The Inasmuch Foundation will receive the Community Support Award for its years of sustained financial support of cultural programming across Oklahoma. The Foundation has supported organizations such as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City University, and the Lincoln County Historical Society in Chandler. Inasmuch has also been a long-term supporter of OHC programs, particularly its reading and discussion program, Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma!.

Dr. Sara Jane Richter, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, will receive the Public Humanities Award for her dedication to providing outstanding public programming across the state, particularly in the Oklahoma Panhandle region. Dr. Richter has been a popular scholar and presenter in several OHC-funded programs, including Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma! and the recent Dust Bowl Symposium in Guymon.

Cyndi Hulsey and Laura Raphael of the Tulsa City-County Library will receive the Community Leadership Award for creation and implementation of “Novel Talk: Smart Conversation for Serious Readers,” a program using literature to explore and understand the human condition. The program included a panel of experts to discuss issues such as pop culture, tragedy, and self identity, as well as a list of suggested readings to further explore the topic.

The American Indian Resource Center of the Tulsa City-County Library will be honored with the Humanities in Education Award for achievements in language preservation through development of its Native Language Supplemental Packet. These materials were developed for educators and students to facilitate learning introductory words and phrases, and to stimulate further interest in the Native language. The packet has been used successfully in the Sauk and Euchee language programs.

Newkirk Journey Stories will be recognized as Outstanding OHC Project, an award that honors public programming made possible by an OHC program or grant. The series of programs were held in conjunction with the Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit Journey Stories. Developed by Newkirk Main Street and the Newkirk Public Library, programs included local exhibits placed around Newkirk’s historic downtown, public lectures, and educational programs.

About the Oklahoma Humanities Council
The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide 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.