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Bright Lights Online: Conversations with 2020 Humanities Awards Winners

This fall and winter, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will host Bright Lights Online, a series of online conversations with recipients of the 2020 Humanities Awards, presented by Entergy.

Every year we pause to recognize and celebrate those individuals and organizations making an impact in Louisiana through the humanities. For nearly 40 years, the LEH Humanities Awards have honored the historians, filmmakers, photographers, poets, artists, singer-songwriters, folklorists, educators, librarians, archivists, preservationists, and more who provide access to the source material that grounds exploratory and interpretive humanities programming.

See below for the full schedule of programs, along with registration information.


A Conversation with Author and Angola 3 Member Albert Woodfox and Artist Jackie Sumell

Friday, November 27, 11 a.m.

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Join us for a conversation with Albert Woodfox, whose book Solitary: My Story of Transformation and Hope is the 2020 LEH Humanities Book of the Year, and artist and activist Jackie Sumell, founder of the nonprofit Solitary Gardens. Woodfox, a member of the Angola 3, spent more than four decades in solitary confinement for a crime he didn’t commit. Solitary, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, is his story


Keeping Cajun: A Conversation with Longtime Champion of Acadian and Cajun Culture Warren Perrin and ULL Center for Louisiana Studies Director Josh Caffery

Friday, December 4, 11 a.m.

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Join us for a conversation on Acadian culture and heritage—and the importance of advocacy in maintaining Cajun identity—with one of the LEH’s 2020 Lifetime Contributions to the Humanities awardees, Warren Perrin. Perrin will be in conversation with folklorist and Center for Louisiana Studies and UL Press Director Josh Caffery. Audience Q & A will follow.


Publishing Louisiana: LSU Press as Champion of Louisiana Culture

A Conversation with LSU Press Director Alisa Plant and 64 Parishes Editor in Chief Erin Greenwald

Friday, December 11, 11 a.m.

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Named the LEH’s 2020 Champion of Culture, LSU Press has published nearly 3,500 titles since 1935. Join 64 Parishes Editor in Chief Erin Greenwald and LSU Press Director Alisa Plant for a conversation on the press’s role in expanding public understanding of and access to high-quality scholarship in the fields of southern and Louisiana history, fiction, literary studies, southern foodways, and more.