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Mississippi Humanities Council Announces Public Humanities Awards

December 5, 2014

The Mississippi Humanities Council is delighted to announce recipients for its 2015 Public Humanities Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions by Mississippians to the study and understanding of the humanities. These recipients will be honored at a public ceremony and reception Friday, February 13, 2015, at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson. The award recipients are:

Humanities Scholar Award:    Dr. Eric Weber
Associate professor of public policy leadership, University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS

Cora Norman Award:   Dr. Estus Smith
Founding board member, Mississippi Humanities Council
Jackson, MS

Preserver of Mississippi Culture:   Preserve Marshall County and Holly Springs, Inc.
Holly Springs, MS

Humanities Partner Award:   H.T. Holmes
Retiring director, Mississippi Department of Archives & History
Jackson, MS

Thirty-one recipients of the 2014 Humanities Teacher Awards, which pay tribute to outstanding faculty in traditional humanities fields, will also be honored at the event.

“We are pleased to be able to recognize these outstanding teachers, scholars and organizations who have made significant contributions to the cultural life in our state,” said Dr. Stuart Rockoff, executive director of the Council. “The outstanding work of each of our each of our winners exemplifies how the humanities can help us understand where we Mississippians have been and what we can become. By reaching out and bringing the humanities to the larger public, they embody the Council’s motto that ‘the humanities are for everyone.’ ”

The Council invites all Mississippians to join them at their 2015 Public Humanities Awards ceremony and reception February 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson. A silent auction featuring Mississippi Miscellany will once again be featured.

Tickets for the Mississippi Humanities Council Public Humanities Awards ceremony and reception are $50 each and may be purchased by sending a check to the Mississippi Humanities Council, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Room 317, Jackson, MS 39211 or online at Information about the awards and the reception is available at or 601-432-6752.

The Mississippi Humanities Council is funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in Mississippi.