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Mississippi Humanities Council Announces 2016 Award Winners

MS Humanities Council logo(JACKSON, MS) – The Mississippi Humanities Council is delighted to announce recipients for its 2016 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 12, 2016, at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson. The award recipients are:

Cora Norman Award — Willis Lott, Past board chair, Mississippi Humanities Council, Hattiesburg, MS

Preserver of Mississippi Culture — Alysia Burton Steele, Author, Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom, Oxford, MS

Humanities Partner Award — New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS

Humanities Scholar Award — Max Grivno, Associate Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Humanities Educator Award — Louis Bourgeois (MFA English ’02), Founder, Mississippi Prison Writes, Oxford, MS

Thirty-one recipients of the 2015 Humanities Teacher Awards, which pay tribute to outstanding faculty in traditional humanities fields, will also be honored at the event.

“This year’s winners embody our philosophy that the humanities are for everyone,” said Dr. Stuart Rockoff, executive director of the Council. “Their outstanding work shows the impact the humanities can have on individuals and our communities. We are pleased to honor their commitment to reaching the diverse population of our state.”

The Council invites all Mississippians to join them at their 2016 Public Humanities Awards ceremony and reception February 12 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.