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Stephenson Named Chair of National Humanities Organization

Former Humanities Tennessee Leader Begins Two-Year Term

Nashville attorney Kate Stephenson has been named chair of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, a member organization for the 55 state and territorial humanities councils that provides support for the councils and creates greater awareness of and participation in humanities programs across America.

Stephenson is Assistant General Counsel for Labor and Employment for the Corrections Corporation of America in Nashville. She is on the board of Humanities Tennessee, and previously served two terms as its chair.

“The Federation could not have chosen a more dedicated and articulate leader to continue its work of promoting the humanities in public life,” said Tim Henderson, executive director of Humanities Tennessee. “Stephenson knows the importance of this work, and has devoted her time and her energy to supporting organizations and programs that increase the cultural quality of life for all Tennesseans.”

Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation, praised Stephenson’s contributions to the humanities. “Kate has been a valued member of the Federation board for the past two years, and both board and staff members feel very fortunate that someone with her rich and varied experience, leadership ability, and impeccable judgment will be leading our organization through these next two years,” she said.

As Federation chair, Stephenson will lead the organization in its program of research, conferences, collaborative projects, and communication to members, legislators and others on issues of public interest.

“It’s an honor for me to serve this organization and to continue working in the humanities community,” said Stephenson. “The work of the humanities councils nationwide is of vital importance in understanding our history and in helping Americans engage with one another civilly and productively.”

Stephenson was in private practice in Nashville for twenty-two years, most recently with Trauger & Tuke.  She was Valedictorian of her law school class at the University of Tennessee.  She has a masters' degree in history, and taught history at the Webb School of Knoxville before entering law school. She has been actively involved with the Nashville Bar Association and the Lawyers Association for Women.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Monroe Harding and the Personnel Committee for Second Presbyterian Church.  She has served as Chairman of the Metro Council Board of Ethical Conduct.