The 2020 Humanities Awards winners

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Billy Nungesser, has selected musician, composer and educator Terence Blanchard as the 2020 Humanist of the Year. The award, which has been given annually since 1985, is part of the state humanities council’s effort to honor individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the study ...

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Announcing the 2019 LEH Rebirth Grants awardees 

Through its Rebirth Grants program, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has funded projects that provide access to the humanities to Louisiana residents across the state. In September the LEH received 53 applications for the 2019 Rebirth Grants opportunity. A grants review committee of LEH board members, scholars, and staff selected 17 projects in 13 parishes for a total of $59,048 in ...

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Memories of Hurricane Harvey

The LEH has partnered with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Guilbeau Center for Public History for a 12-parish oral history collection project focused on Hurricane Harvey’s impact on southwest Louisiana. ULL researchers will be set up in the 12 Louisiana parishes declared federal disaster zones following Hurricane Harvey in 2017. At each of these sites, they will collect oral ...

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Inaugural reading with new Louisiana Poet Laureate October 9

Louisiana’s new Poet Laureate, John Warner Smith, will give his inaugural reading in the post Wednesday, October 9, from 6:30–7:30 p.m., at the Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans. Admission to the event is free. Chosen by Governor John Bel Edwards, Smith teaches English at Southern University in Baton Rouge, in addition to regularly publishing new works ...

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LEH Requests Nominations for New Board Members

LEH Board Chair Brad Adams with Jessie Haynes and David Kerstein of The Helis Foundation

LEH is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the LEH maintains a singular presence throughout Louisiana as the only private nonprofit dedicated to making an impact in the cultural and education sectors in all sixty-four Louisiana parishes. Our mission is to partner with communities, institutions, and individuals to explore Louisiana’s past, reflect on ...

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John Warner Smith Named Louisiana Poet Laureate for 2019-21

Poet and Southern professor John Warner Smith

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, along with Governor John Bel Edwards, is proud to announce Louisiana’s newest Poet Laureate, John Warner Smith. Following Jack Bedell’s successful tenure as poet laureate , Smith will assume the post beginning August 14 and serve for two years. About John Warner Smith A native of Morgan City, Smith began writing poetry while simultaneously ...

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