The Campbell Culture Coalition, a partner of Humanities Tennessee's Community History Development Fund, received project support to develop a multi-media exhibit focusing on the Tennessee Jamboree. More than a long-standing radio barn dance in LaFollette, the Jamboree provided a literal stage for civic and community life.
Forty years ago, Humanities Tennessee was charged with "bringing the humanities to the public," and our new Conversations Bureau is providing an engaging way to answer that charge. We provided a public Conversation, Inheriting the Civil War, at the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna, and a group of teachers discussed The Emancipation Proclamation and James Baldwin in Memphis, Tennessee.
Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce the grant awards for the 2013 General Grant Program. Grantees include the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Memphis Public Library, the African American Heritage Alliance, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
Humanities Tennessee seeks interns for unpaid positions in support of the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word. This position is for 18-24 hours per week, for a minimum period of ten weeks, in the Humanities Tennessee office in Nashville.
The Outstanding Educator Awards recognize teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching the humanities and who encourage the humanities to be an important part of their students’ lives. Each of the recipients, selected from a pool of nominees from across the state, receive a $2,000 fellowship to further their professional development in the humanities, and their schools receive $1,500 for humanities programs and materials.
The 2017 recipients of the Outstanding Educator Award are:
After engaging school visits with Kristin Tubb (Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different) at Vanleer Elementary School in Dickson and Tracy Barrett (Dark of the Moon) at Forrest School in Chapel Hill, author Helen Hemphill will visit East Middle School in Tullahoma on May 8 to share with students her adventures in researching and writing The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones.
Bestselling author Neil Gaiman will appear at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, July 10 as part of his final signing tour for his new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gaiman’s Nashville appearance is presented by Parnassus Books in partnership with Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, and War Memorial Auditorium.
The Salon@615 author series has announced its spring event list, including Becca Stevens, Anne Lamott, Elizabeth Strout, Cheryl Strayed, Isabel Allende, and Augusten Burroughs.
The series is hosted by Humanities Tennessee, Parnassus Books, the Nashville Public Library, and the Nashville Public Library Foundation.Together, these partners nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting author talks and book signings to our community.
Do you know a young creative person that likes to write, has journals full of stories and poems, likes to practice songwriting or comic books? Mark your calendar for these two residential creative writing workshops:
Humanities Tennessee’s literary website, www.chapter16.org, has won the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize from the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The prize is awarded for innovative programs that have had a significant impact on citizens, organizations, or communities in their states.
Each year the National Endowment for the Humanities hosts numerous summer programs for educators. The workshops and seminars cover a variety of topics in the humanities and are free of charge with stipends available for travel and other costs. If you are or you know a school, college, or university educator, take a look at the 2013 list of opportunities here.
Deadlines vary for application, so take a look soon and often!
Philanthropists Jim and Janet Ayers have donated 500 copies of the recent book The Art of Community: Janet and Jim Ayers’ Collection of Tennessee Art, to Humanities Tennessee. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Humanities Tennessee programs, including the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word.
Humanities Tennessee's statewide reading and discussion program, Making Sense of the American Civil War, wraps up at the Chattanooga Public Library on November 13th and has averaged 26 participants for each discussion so far. The conversation will soon move to three more cities across the state in January and February.
The Parsons & Greater Area Museum and the Pleasant Hill Historical Society/Pioneer Hall Museum are both embarking on projects to strengthen their relationships with their local schools by providing students with insightful museum programs that meet the educational goals required of teachers.
Student Reader Day events this fall were bigger and better than ever thanks to generous grants from the Nashville Predators Foundation and Dollar General Literacy Foundation. We were able to send seven wonderful authors from this year’s Southern Festival of Books program to eight Title 1 elementary, middle, and high schools and we were able to purchase more than 1,600 books for participating students to keep to start (or add to) their own personal library.
To be part of the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word as a reader, an author, or a volunteer is to be part of the larger literary community that comes together in Nashville every October. For three days, panel discussions, readings, and signings connect writers with readers. This year, more than 60 exhibitors, three performance stages, and Nashville’s best food trucks helped to make the weekend a true celebration for book lovers.
The Humanities Tennessee Authors Bureau provides authors for community visits. The bureau is a program of Humanities Tennessee, with support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. There is no cost to programs for this service.
"Who was your favorite teacher growing up?" I love asking this question because no one ever responds with "Hmmm...I don't know." Everyone has at least one teacher who made a difference in their lives, whether imparting a love of literature, the Scientific Method, or simply by being a mentor and setting an example worth following. Often unsung and ever underpaid, such teachers are vital to our lives and the life of our communities. By nominating a teacher for the 2013 Awards of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities, you can give a little back to those who have given so much to us.
Humanities Tennessee is proud to support two new projects designed to bring the humanities to rural and underserved audiences. On October 26th and 27, authors read and discussed their work during a book festival at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. This winter, the Global Education Center will host Egyptian Coptic poet Matthew Shenoda for public readings and a writing workshop at the Casa Azafran Community Center.