Humanities Program Excellence Award Presented to Jane Austen Summer Program

Humanities Program Excellence Award Presented to Jane Austen Summer Program

On August 26, 2018 the North Carolina Humanities Council awarded its Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to the Jane Austen Summer Program (JASP).

JASP is an annual, multi- day symposium that focuses on one of Jane Austen’s works each summer. The program is designed for scholars, students, teachers and anyone with a passion for Jane Austen.

The Council’s Board of Trustees selected JASP to receive the award because of the program’s outstanding collaborative qualities, commitment to educator capacity‐building and ability to inspire a greater appreciation of English Literature.

The award ceremony took place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s department of English and Comparative Literature’s Fall Welcome Back Reception in Chapel Hill, NC. Council Executive Director, Paula Watkins, presented the Harlan Joel Gradin Award to JASP Co-Directors, Inger Brodey and James Thompson, and Scholarship Chair Terri O'Quin. Past teacher scholarship recipients, Caitlin Donovan and Sherrill Jolly also gave personal remarks.

Dr. Harlan Joel Gradin, Council Scholar Emeritus, for whom the award is named, attended the ceremony. Gradin reflected that, “opportunities to read, think critically, and engage with others is part of what makes the humanities so essential to the health of our nation.”

Gradin stated that the remarks made during the ceremony were spoken with, “enthusiasm and appreciation for the opportunity to renew the aspects of learning and study that excited them to become scholars in the first place.”

Since 2015 the Council has awarded JASP with funding to support scholarships that bring middle and high school teachers to the symposium. In those four years, 22 teachers have been able to attend free of charge with an additional 20 teachers attending at a discounted price. 

JASP’s next symposium will explore “Pride and Prejudice & Its Afterlives” and is scheduled for June, 2019. For more information visit www.janeaustensummer.org.

From left: Paula Watkins, Executive Director of NC Humanities Council; Harlan Joel Gradin; JASP alumni teacher scholar Caitlin Donovan; JASP co-founder Inger Brodey; Bill Andrews, incoming Board Chair of NC Humanities Council; JASP alumni teacher scholar Sherrill Jolly; JASP volunteer Susan Buonocore; JASP co-founder James Thompson.

                  

 

Press Contact: Melanie Moore | (704) 687-1520 | mmoore@nchumanites.org

About the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

The Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities is awarded to recognize a significant, imaginative public humanities project that reflects and affirms the Council’s mission and was funded in part by the Council. Presented annually since 2011, the award is named in honor of Harlan Joel Gradin, a former Council staff member from 1991-2011.

About the North Carolina Humanities Council

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through its public humanities programs and grants, the Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of North Carolina’s many cultures and heritage. The North Carolina Humanities Council operates the NC Center for the Book; an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more visit www.nchumanities.org.