2011 Governor’s Award in the Humanities to be presented to I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Humanities CouncilSC is pleased to announce that two extraordinary South Carolina individuals and one university institution will be recipients of this year’s annual Governor’s Awards in the Humanities, presented at a luncheon to be held October 12, 2011 at the Medallion Center in Columbia. The three recipients are: I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at South Carolina State University; Dr. Jack Bass, journalist, author, and university professor; and Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Reel, historian at Clemson University.   

Established in 1991, the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recognize outstanding achievement in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship; institutional and individual participation in community-based programs that promote public understanding of ideas and issues related to the humanities; excellence defining South Carolina’s cultural life to the nation or world; and exemplary support for public humanities programs.  From 1991-2010 fifty-six awards have been presented.  The Humanities CouncilSC  is completing its 38th year as the state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at SC State University is being recognized not only as a major educational and teaching resource for the university but also as a cultural leader known for creating community-based programs that promote public understanding of issues and ideas related to the humanities.  As the only art museum with a planetarium at any historically black college or university and one of just a few in the country, the Stanback is a unique facility that reaches a diverse and extensive audience from the community and beyond.  Numerous programs enhance preK-12 and adult education, with emphasis on arts, sciences, humanities, and civil rights. 

Recent exhibits and accompanying lectures and programs include: Remembering the Rosenwald School, a look at black education in segregated South Carolina; Honoring Heroes, the wonderful photographs of civil rights photographer, Cecil Williams; and James Brown: Preserving the Legacy, showcasing one of South Carolina’s greatest entertainers. The Stanback is now collaborating with other South Carolina organizations and beyond in hosting exhibits and programs that travel elsewhere: Partnership in Social Justice, an exhibit involving Jewish refugee scholars and black colleges; a premiere screening of the documentary film Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun; and Journey from Africa to Gullah.  The Stanback is a designated site for the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and an important site for the newly created National Corridor for Gullah Geechie Heritage.

One of the Stanback supporters sums it up best: “The Stanback’s excellent programs demonstrate a commitment to helping students and the community to better understand our cultural heritage and to defining South Carolina’s rich cultural life to the nation and to the world.”

To learn more about the Governor's Awards in the Humanities and see a complete list of the previous fifty-six recipients, please visit The Humanities CouncilSC website: www.schumanities.org.