Jenny Fernandez joined the Humanities Tennessee team as Office Administrator in April of 2015. She plays an integral role in the daily workings of the office, as well as in the volunteer and on-site logistics of the Southern Festival of Books. Jenny took some time to answer a few questions about her experience, hobbies, and love of the humanities:
How did you end up in the humanities non-profit line of work?
In a most circuitous way. With degrees in English and Playwriting, I have always been attracted to storytelling and its responsibilities to a community.
What do you like about working for Humanities Tennessee?
I like that HT provides programming to people who normally may not receive it. We provide a certain kind of nourishment that makes us a stronger and healthier state of Tennessee. And being able to provide that kind of programming with a cool, hard-working, and fun staff makes it all the better!
What do you do for fun?
I run, hike, cook, tell stories in the kitchen, and play/dote on my dog, Otis.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I've taken up hunting and have yet to pull one up out of the woods; I've never eaten a Goo-Goo cluster; I've waited in line in below-freezing temperatures at the Stone Pony because it was rumored that Bruce Springsteen was going to make an appearance (The Boss did show up and I don't even really like Bruce Springsteen); I got stuck in an elevator on the Eiffel Tower and dangled like a yo-yo over Paris at night with several other tired tourists; I watch a bunch of sports, especially college football and boxing; I can't finish Jane Austen novels; I used to have very long hair; I absolutely love spies and cephalopods.
Why/how are the humanities important in your life?
Even though I am no longer in school, I consider myself a permanent student. I enjoy learning and investigating the history and culture of a place because not only does that help me have an understanding of a community, but also enables me to engage in a more meaningful way.
Humanities Tennessee is pleased to welcome Jenny to our team. Be sure to say hello the next time you see her!