The 2010 Lorraine W. Frank Lecture & Humanities Awards
Gary Paul Nabhan
Leo Rich Theater in Tucson
Heritage Foods of Arizona -
Linking Our Sense of Taste to a Sense of Place
Friday, October 22, 2010
Coffee & Dessert Reception 5:30-6:30pm
Lecture & Awards 6:30-8:30pm
2010 marked the 20th Annual Lorraine W. Frank Lecture and the Humanities Awards. Esteemed keynote speaker, Gary Paul Nabhan provided much food for thought and reminded us all how food does become so much of who we are and how we respond to the world around us.
Gary Nabhan is an internationally known writer, lecturer, food and farming advocate whose work has long been rooted in the U.S. / Mexico borderlands region. He is a Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona. Nabhan was the founding director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University.
Nabhan has written numerous books including: Heritage Farming in the Southwest Borderlands, Renewing America's Food Traditions, Cross-Pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry, Tequila!: A Natural and Cultural History. He has won national and international awards for his scientific and literary works some of which have also been translated into five languages.
Prior to Gary's presentation, the winners of the 2010 Humanities Awards were announced for the Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award and the Dan Shilling Public Scholar Award. The awards recognize humanities scholars, individuals, and organizations that have made lasting contributions to the cultural life of their communities.
2010 Humanities Awards
The Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award Nominees
- Shirley Agnos, Arizona Town Hall
- William Fry, Ph.D., Oro Valley Public Library
- Joan Fudala, Joan Fudala Historic Consulting
- Thomas Houlon, Spirit of the Senses
- The Learning Curve of Tucson
Recipient of the Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award
Dr. William Fry, a founding member of the Learning Curve of Tucson faculty, has taught literature and writing at a Maryland college for more than thirty years. He served as Chair of the Literature Department and developed a series of literary travel-study tours, both domestic and international. This award-winning instructor and scholar was named Outstanding Professor for the State of Maryland in 1987 and received Professor of the Year Award in 1990. Upon moving to Arizona in 2001, Dr. Fry worked closely with the staff at the Oro Valley Public Library in developing GLOAT, Great Literature of All Times, a discussion-based community literature program. Since its launch in 2002, GLOAT programs have introduced thousands of Arizona residents to humanities programming, community conversation, and the value of our public libraries.
"Jokingly I often call Bill "Oro Valley's rock star," Jane Peterson, Library Manager at the Oro Valley Public Library, commented in nominating Dr. Fry for the Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award. "One of [his] aims is to explore authors who may not have been popular enough to be anthologized, especially women and minorities. And, no matter how minor, he makes these people come alive for everyone in the room."
The Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award Nominees
- Akua Duku Anokye, Ph.D., Arizona State Univeristy
- Albrecht Classen, Ph.D., University of Arizona
- Dennis Embry, Ph.D., PAXIS Institute, Tucson
- Celestino Fernandez, Ph.D., University of Arizona
- Adela Licona, Ph.D., University of Arizona
- Steven Martinson, Ph.D., University of Arizona
- Angelita Reyes, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Recipient of the Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award
Dr. Celestino Fernandez, Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona, is internationally recognized for his transdisciplinary, innovative approach to research in Sociology of Popular Culture, Latin American Societies, Ethnic Relations in the United States and Mexican Immigration. During his career, Dr. Fernandez has published extensively, covering a wide range of topics from the education of minority student to international education, popular culture, Mexican immigration, and Mexican culture (especially music). In addition to serving as affiliated faculty members for Latin American Studies and the Mexican American Studies Research Center, he currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Sociology.
In nominating Dr. Fernandez for the Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award, Gail Browne, Executive Director of UofA's Poetry Center commented, "As a humanist, Celestino Fernandez understands the importance of exploring the evolving nature of the human condition. But he also understands what it means to improve the human condition by engaging with communities to disseminate knowledge where it can make a difference."
Thank you to everyone who attended this year's lecture and humanities awards!
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