On Sunday April 28th, 2013 Arizona Humanities (AH) celebrated its 40th Anniversary and AH’s founding executive director Lorraine W. Frank with the Sharing Words, Changing Worlds Lecture and Humanities Awards Event at the Arizona Historical Society Museum.
The evening opened with a reception and presentation of the 2013 Humanities Awards. Dr. Gloria Cuadráz received the Dan Shilling Public Humanities Award. There were two recipients of the Juliana Yoder Friends of the Humanities Award; Gail Browne, Director of Helen S. Schaefer Poetry Center at the University of Arizona and the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. We also had a newly created Humanities Rising Star Award in recognition of young individuals for their advancement of the humanities. We were happy to honor two recipients – Myrlin Hepworth Director of Phonetic Spit and Jaclyn Roessel Director of Education at the Heard Museum.
During the Partners Showcase, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the intriguing programs created by organizations that receive grant funds from AH.
A special video produced in honor of AH’s founding executive director Lorraine W. Frank kick-off the lecture segment of the evening revealing the foundation she built in expanding the impact of the humanities throughout Arizona.
The lecture’s keynote speaker, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser presented an insightful talk on his book A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith. Dr. Jasser’s speech was followed by a lively Q&A with audience members moderated by the evening’s emcee Dr. Edurado Pagán.
Thank you again to everyone who helped us celebrate AH’s 40th Anniversary milestone and for your support of AH in the many exciting years to come! Please scroll down below for a slideshow of pictures from the event and to read more about the Humanities Award Nominees and Recipients.