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2013 Sharing Words, Changing Worlds
Lecture & Humanities Awards
Celebrating 40 Years & Lorraine W. Frank

On Sunday April 28th, 2013 the Arizona Humanities Council's (AHC) celebrated its 40th Anniversary and AHC'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 AHC.

A special video produced in honor of AHC'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 AHC's 40th Anniversary milestone and for your support of AHC 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.

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Congratulations to all the Humanities Awards Recipients and Nominees! Please join us for the reception where the Award Recipients will be honored for their dedication and support of the humanities.

Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award Recipient

Dr. Gloria H. Cuádraz
Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, New College, Arizona State University


Professor Gloria Cuádraz is a recognized scholar of oral history and community studies. She has both presented widely on and published studies of the philosophy and practice of oral history research, the history of Litchfield Park, Arizona and the history of Latinas in higher education. She was twice awarded funding from the Arizona Humanities Council or her research on the Mexican Americans of Litchfield Park Oral History Project, and has served on the board of the Litchfield Park Historical Society. She currently serves on the boards of the Arizona Women's Heritage Trail, Member and the Arizona Association for Chicanos in Higher Education.


Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award Nominees

Dr. Albrecht Classen
Theresa Devine
Don L. F. Nilsen
Brooks Simpson

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Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award Recipients

Gail Browne
Director, Helen S. Schaefer Poetry Center, University of Arizona


Gail Browne has been Executive Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center since 2002. She directed the capital campaign, design and construction of the Helen S. Schaefer Building, permanent home of the Poetry Center, and one of three landmark buildings in the nation for the study and celebration of poetry. During her tenure she also multiplied the scope and reach of Poetry Center programming. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tucson-Pima Arts Council and the Humanities Seminars Program. Prior to coming to the University of Arizona she was the founder and senior partner of Browne-Zukow Associates, a marketing and communications company specializing in the arts. She was born and raised in the California desert and holds a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from California State University at Long Beach and an M.A. in English-Literature form the University of California at Los Angeles.


Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation


During the early 1980s, a growing concern over the continual demolition of historic buildings sparked the conception of a non-profit organization that could actively protect and advocate for Tucson's historic built environment. In March of 1985, the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation was established for the purpose of acquiring, maintaining, and preserving endangered historic properties in the Tucson area.

By the early 1990s, the Foundation was dormant. In 20008, the organization was restructured and a new board established. Under the leadership of Demion Clinco, with a mission to preserve Tucson's Unique Architectural Environment, the organization has redefined what historic preservation means and actively engaged the humanities as a tool celebrate and save Tucson's historic resources.


Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award Nominees

Ryan Bruce
Crossroads Collaborative
Mesa Grande Community Alliance
Mary Stevens
Pat Toftoy
Walnut Canyon Press
Women's Studies Advisory Council

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Humanities Rising Star Award Recipients

Myrlin Hepworth
Director, Phonetic Spit


Myrlin Hepworth has written and performed his poetry across the United States. In 2009, the Arizona Commission on the Arts selected him for its roster of Teaching Artists. In 2010, he became the first undergraduate teaching artist for the Young Writers Program at Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor's in English in 2011.

In 2011, Myrlin co-founded Phonetic Spit with Tomas Stanton to provide a space to empower youth to discover their voice and combat literacy. Over the past three years Phonetic Spit has become the leading literature based arts-in-education program in Phoenix. He has competed on three National Poetry Slam teams and co-founded and coached the Phoenix youth tam to consecutive appearances at the Brave New Voice International Poetry Slam


Jaclyn Roessel
Director of Education, Heard Museum


Jaclyn Roessel is a bright, young professional who faithfully incorporates her traditional Navajo culture into every aspect of her life. She is currently the Director of Education at the Heard Museum. She is also founder of the blog Grownup Navajo, co-founder of the blog Presence 4.0- a Native style blog and owns a card company the Naaltsoos Project which highlights the beauty of the Navajo language. She is a philanthropist, American Indian advocate and museum professional. Jaclyn serves as a leader in the humanities and inspires others through her kindness, creativity and drive.



Humanities Rising Star Award Nominees

Annica Benning
Allison McIntosh
Daniel Rodriguez
Rebekah L. Sanders
Branson Spangler
Scott D. Warren

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