Humanities Nebraska is seeking nominations for the annual Sower Award in the Humanities, which recognizes individuals, institutions, businesses and communities that have made a significant contribution to public understanding of the humanities in Nebraska.Anyone may nominate an individual, institution or community for the Sower Award.
Previous awards have recognized many different kinds of contributions, including the
work of humanities faculty who have taken the humanities to the public beyond their
classroom, volunteers who have enhanced the cultural life of their state, journalists and filmmakers who have brought the humanities to bear on important public issues, and philanthropists who have contributed to the cultural vitality of Nebraska.
Other winners include museums, historical societies and libraries that have expanded their mission to include active collaborations in humanities programming with schools and other organizations; businesses and foundations whose support for the humanities has enriched Nebraskans’ lives; and communities that have incorporated local ethnic and historical identity in community planning and economic development.
Former state Sen. Don Pederson of North Platte is a previous winner, along with philanthropist Dick Holland, Native American leader Charles Trimble, public TV pioneer Ron Hull, state Sen. LaVon Crosby, historian Gary Moulton, poet Ted Kooser and former newspaper publisher John Gottschalk.
Judi Gaiashkibos, executive director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs received the 2012 Sower Award.
Winning institutions include El Museo Latino, the Omaha World-Herald and NET.
Cozad and Gering/Scottsbluff are among the communities that have won the award.
Nominations must be postmarked no later than June 13.
For more information or to receive a nomination form, contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508; call (402) 474-2131 ext. 110; or send a e-mail message firstname.lastname@example.org. The nomination form also can be downloaded from theweb: humanitiesnebraska.org/program/governors-lecture/.
The Sower Award will be presented during ceremonies Oct. 30 at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed. She will speak about Thomas Jefferson’s intellectual development, drawing from her forthcoming book, “The Most Blessed of Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination.”
Her collaborator, Peter S. Onuf, will join her on stage after the lecture for further discussion.