Humanities TN Annual Report 2013

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“...examining and reflecting upon the histories, cultures, and ideas that shape us as individuals and as Tennesseans.”


JOE FOWLKES Cornersviille

DONALD FANN, Vice Chair Woodbury



ROBERTA T. HERRIN Jonesborough








THETA RONE* Burlison



CARMEN DAVIS Chattanooga



KATHI GRANT WILLIS Chattanooga †Immediate Past Chair * Gubernatorial Appointee


SERENITY GERBMAN Director, Literature & Language Programs

LACEY COOK Program Officer, Youth Programs

PAUL MCCOY Program Officer, Community History Program

GEORGIA COPELAND Event & Office Coordinator

ALEXIS STEVENS Development & Marketing Officer

MELISSA DAVIS Director, Community History Program

WELCOME The Board and Staff of Humanities Tennessee are excited to share this snapshot of our work in 2013 with you. As you read through this year’s report, we invite you to consider the impact of our unique programs that bring free and accessible educational opportunities to Tennesseans across the entire state. The year was one of milestones for Humanities Tennessee. From a major organizational birthday to the largest public humanities program in our history, there was much to celebrate. We are proud to summarize the year’s work, none of which would have been possible without the generous support of our partners and friends across the state. Humanities Tennessee turned forty in 2013. Initially incorporated as the Tennessee Committee for the Humanities in 1973, we were then solely a grant-making institution; in the ensuing four decades, the organization began conducting original programs itself. Now, as we celebrate these first forty years, we are building on a strong commitment to a clear mission with a mature set of programs emphasizing the history, culture, stories and communities that make up our state. Another important anniversary was the 15th annual Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop [see page 7]. Over the course of those fifteen years, the workshop has adapted to the changing needs and Interests of the students while consistently maintaining the same standard of excellence in faculty and administration. It has also led directly to the creation of a second workshop, the Appalachian Young Writers’ Workshop, held this past year at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate. The Southern Festival of Books celebrated its 25th year with the largest line-up since its founding [see page 5]. As part of the commemoration, we were proud to present Meet Me on the Plaza: TwentyFive Years of the Southern Festival of Books [see page 5]. This anthology featured a foreword by Humanities Tennessee President Emeritus, Robert Cheatham, and included essays, poems and stories by a stellar cast of past festival participants. Indeed, this publication was a fitting reminder of the festival’s legacy of connecting readers of all stripes with authors and ideas in an intimate environment for an entire weekend in downtown Nashville. After spending a majority of the year developing a strategic plan to guide our work over the coming three years, we came to understand more fully the need for honing tools that help us interact with our fellow Tennesseans – our families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues – with increased civility and respect. With these goals in mind, we look forward to the coming year and to continuing a long-standing tradition of working with partners, patrons, friends and volunteers – both old and new – who represent our communities state-wide. We look forward to working with you.

Tim Henderson

Executive Director

Neil Hemphill

Board Chairman

What are the humanities? The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to: • Languages • Literature • History • Jurisprudence • Philosophy • Comparative Religion • Ethics • The Arts

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OUR MISSION Humanities Tennessee nurtures the mutual respect and understanding essential to community by enabling Tennesseans to examine and critically reflect upon the narratives, traditions, beliefs, and ideas — as expressed through the arts and letters — that define us as individuals and participants in community life.

OUR HISTORY Founded in 1973 as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Tennessee is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a sense of community through programs and grants in literature, history, and culture across Tennessee. In its early years, Humanities Tennessee was primarily a re-grant organization, offering funding for humanities projects statewide. No longer solely a grant-making organization, HT now conducts original programming, raises significant non-federal funds, and attempts to engage the public actively in the humanities and to integrate the humanities into community life in Tennessee. Our programs include a variety of Literature & Language and History & Culture programs, Grants & Awards for teachers and community organizations, and many more.

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WHAT WE DO Humanities Tennessee’s programs and grants respond to a need for dialogue, civility, an understanding of history, and a love of lifelong learning among Tennesseans. Our History & Culture programs, including the Conversations Bureau and Bittersweet Harvest, promote an appreciation of the diverse histories of our state and support community dialogue. Our Literature & Language programs, including the Southern Festival of Books, Young Writers’ Workshops, and Student Reader Days, encourage lifelong learning and a love of reading and writing for Tennesseans of all ages. Our digital program,, is the only publication that provides comprehensive coverage of Tennessee’s literary news and events. Our Grants & Awards support humanities educators and local/regional community organizations. These programs and more reach an estimated 850,000 Tennesseans per year and help to strengthen Tennessee communities by nurturing mutual respect and understanding. In 2013, Humanities Tennessee:

Sponsored more than 1,500 activities Awarded $72,360 in grants, awards, and scholarships Reached an estimated 850,000 people through programming

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Literature & Language


Humanities Tennessee founded The Southern Festival of Books in 1989 to promote literature and discussion of books among the general public. The Festival is a three-day Celebration of the Written WordSM held each year in downtown Nashville. It is always FREE and open to everyone, and it is one of the nation’s premier literary events. The 25th annual Southern Festival of Books was held October 11-13 at War Memorial Plaza and the Nashville Public Library. For this milestone year, we were thrilled to have our largest program ever, including authors: Bill Bryson, Karen Joy Fowler, former Vice President Al Gore, Congressman John Lewis, Kevin Henkes, Ayana Mathis, James McBride, Jill McCorkle, Jon Meacham, Chuck Palahniuk, Rick Riordan, Mary Jo Salter, Barney Saltzberg, Lee Smith, Gene Luen Yang, and many more. In partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Robert Penn Warren Center and Center for Medicine, Health and Society, the Festival featured a special track entitled “Taking Our Pulse: Promises and Pitfalls of Modern Medicine” featuring authors Susannah Cahalan, Katy Butler, Paul Starr, Suzanne Corkin, and more. Between 25,000 and 30,000 participants attended the Festival and enjoyed readings, signings, and discussions.

1989 & 2013 Author Reunion

More than 325 participating authors FY2013 STATS AT A GLANCE:

Approximately 400 volunteers Between 25,000 and

30,000 visitors

Our biggest project marking the 25th Festival is the printed anthology, Meet Me on the Plaza: Twenty-Five Years of the Southern Festival of Books. We were honored to have a stellar group of contributors, all of whom have donated their work to the book. They include: Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Ben Fountain, Orange Prize winner, Ann Patchett, current Poet Laureate of the United States Natasha Trethewey, and many other critically acclaimed and beloved writers who have been a part of the Festival through the years, including: Roy Blount Jr, Rick Bragg, Bobbie Ann Mason, George Singleton, and Lee Smith. Humanities Tennessee President Emeritus, Robert Cheatham contributed the foreword.

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Visit to order a copy of the anthology and read more about the 25th annual Festival celebrations.

Literature & Language

AUTHORS IN THE ROUND Benefit dinner for the Southern Festival of Books The sixth annual Authors in the Round dinner, a fundraiser for Humanities Tennessee and the Southern Festival of Books, was held Friday, October 11 at War Memorial Auditorium. Since its founding in 2008, this dinner has become a vital fundraiser for the Festival. Master of ceremonies John Seigenthaler spoke eloquently as always about the immense talent of the 40 guest authors gathered in the room. The evening ended with a champagne toast in the courtyard, celebrating the Festival’s twenty five years as a rich part of Nashville literary history. Co-chaired by Helen Hemphill and Humanities Tennessee board chairman Neil Hemphill, the dinner raised close to $45,000 for the 25th annual Southern Festival of Books.

Photos by Peyton Hoge Š2013

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Literature & Language “I counted it a successful week when my students were writing about things they’d never thought to write about before. One student told me she didn’t realize she was so angry about the way she was treated by some other kids at school till she started writing about it, and that made her feel so much better. Those little breakthroughs are what I love about the TYWW.” -2013 Young Writers’ Workshop instructor

THE TENNESSEE YOUNG WRITERS’ WORKSHOP The Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop (TYWW) is a weeklong, residential program that provides students who have completed grades 7-12 the opportunity to explore their interest in writing and devote time to the development of their skills with accomplished authors in a supportive environment. In 2013, TYWW was held July 14-20th on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. The 31 students who attended—10 of whom received scholarship aid from Humanities Tennessee—hailed from Brentwood, Camden, Clarksville, Collierville, Cottontown, Franklin, Gallatin, Harrison, Knoxville, Memphis, Monteagle, Morristown, Mt. Juliet, Nashville, Rickman, Sewanee, Spring Hill, White House, Fort Campbell, KY, and Naples, FL.


52 participating students Representing more than 35 cities and 4 states $8,425 in need-based scholarships awarded THE APPALACHIAN YOUNG WRITERS’ WORKSHOP Like TYWW, The Appalachian Young Writers’ Workshop (AYWW) is a weeklong, residential workshop that provides 10th-12th graders with the opportunity to explore the craft of creative writing, learning from the region’s foremost poets, fiction writers, playwrights, creative non-fiction writers, and lyricists. Held June 23-29th at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, AYWW hosted 21 students—18 of whom received scholarship support. The students came from Bean Station, Clairfield, Cumberland Gap, Harrogate, New Tazewell, and Sneedville. Students also came from Kentucky, Virginia, and Georgia.

Visit to read the 2013 Young Writers’ Workshops anthologies.

“I am so very, very glad I decided to go. I have not been able to stop gushing about how amazing the staff and experience is. Going truly did revive the absolute love I have for writing and ideas have been surfacing and demanding attention ever since. Thank you all so, so much for your kind words, wonderful personalities, fantastic teachings, and encouragement, and I definitely will stay in touch! My only regret is that I never did this sooner.” -2013 Young Writers’ Workshop participant page 7

“The teachers were as excited to hear presentation as the students. Many teachers commented about how much they learned. They also took many of the ideas in the presentation to elaborate in the classroom.”

Literature & Language

STUDENT READER DAYS The Student Reader Day Program brings writers together with young readers with the goal of offering great literature, critical thinking, and discussion opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school classrooms across the state. Authors are matched with schools (or invited to a community-wide, students-only event), free of charge, for unique presentations and to encourage connections between reader and author. This connection underscores the importance of literacy and literature in a young person's life and encourages young people to read for pleasure and personal growth. Participating authors in 2013 included Tracy Barrett, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, Helen Hemphill, Matthew Kirby, and Miranda Kenneally. Towns visited included Shelbyville, Vanleer, Chapel Hill, Tullahoma, and Murfreesboro. Student Reader Days reached more than 1,300 students in five counties. Humanities Tennessee purchased 1,380 books, one for each participating student and the host school's library thanks to grants from Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Humanities Tennessee was thrilled to receive a formal commendation from the American Association of School Librarian (AASL) for the Student Reader Day program. The program was recognized for empowering school librarians as knowledgeable educators.


More than 1,300 participating students

5 critically acclaimed authors 1,380 free books to students & libraries LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE

Letters About Literature (LAL) is a writing contest that encourages students in grades 4–12 to write a personal letter to the author (living or dead) of a fiction or nonfiction book, a short story, poem, essay or speech that they have read and about which they have strong feelings. A panel of judges selects the top entries in the state. State Winners receive a cash award and a certificate from Humanities Tennessee. The 1st place winner on Level 3 is awarded a full scholarship to attend the Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop. First place winners advance to the national level judging. In 2013, 1,626 students, teachers and librarians participated in LAL, representing 31 towns and cities across the state. Winners included: (Level 1, 4th-6th grade) Ansley Stamper, Maggie Warren, Kyler Hamilton; (Level 2, 7th-8th grade) Ariel Asher, Emilee Taylor, Haley Wright; (Level 3, 9th12th grade) Christine Lee, Sudesha Barman, Tela Taylor.


1,595 participating students 63 participating teachers and librarians 31 towns and cities represented

"Participation in [the Letters About Literature] contest has strengthened the curriculum of our reading and writing intensive Humanities course. While composing their letters my students engage in thoughtful discussions about literature and exchange helpful insight concerning the writing process. Thank you for this opportunity." - Kinion Pond, teacher, Sewanee

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Literature & Language

CHAPTER 16 is a website founded by Humanities Tennessee in 2009 to provide comprehensive coverage of literary news and events in Tennessee. The site posts fresh content every weekday, focusing upon author events across the state and new releases from Tennessee authors. Chapter 16 maintains partnerships with newspapers in each major media market statewide. Through its website, the use of social media, and newspaper partnerships, Chapter 16 reaches 450,000 potential readers each week. In 2013, Chapter 16 ran interviews with, reviews of, poems and excerpts by Isabel Allende, Clyde Edgerton, Lee Smith, Jonathan Tropper, Meg Wolitzer, Kevin Powers, Bill Bryson, Augusten Burroughs, Marc Maron, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ann Patchett, Janis Ian, John Egerton, Rick Riordan, and many more. The Southern Festival of Books anthology, Meet Me on the Plaza (see page 5) contained a selection of some of the best work published in the first four years of Chapter 16’s existence, including interviews with and original work by Lisa Alther, Claudia Emerson, Blas Falconer, William Gay, Amy Greene, Alice Randall, and Ruta Sepetys, among others.

SALON@615 Salon@615 is a free author reading series produced jointly by Humanities Tennessee, Parnassus Books, the Nashville Public Library, and the Nashville Public Library Foundation. The 2013 schedule included author events with Evan Thomas, Becca Stevens, Anne Lamott, Elizabeth Strout, Cheryl Strayed, Isabel Allende, Marisha Pessl, Garrison Keillor, Pat Conroy, Amy Tan, Donna Tartt, Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, Nikki Giovanni, and Laura Lippman.

NASHVILLE READS Nashville Reads is a community-wide reading program that encourages everyone to read a specific book and attend special events and discussions related to the book. The book selected for 2013 was Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. Author Yann Martel spoke in Nashville on March 2 to kick off six weeks of public events, which included book discussions at libraries, bookstores, schools, and bars. The campaign concluded with a free outdoor showing of the film Life of Pi at the Nashville Zoo, which drew 600 attendees. Nashville Reads is a partnership between Mayor Dean’s office, the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, Parnassus Books, and Humanities Tennessee.

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History & Culture

THE CONVERSATIONS BUREAU The Conversations Bureau provides a selection of topics available for 90-minute, small-group discussions based on a brief text and guided by a scholar/facilitator. Each of our topics encourages participants to reflect on the outcomes of social and political divisions from the Civil War era to the present, and to consider the significance of these events to our current civic affairs. Any not-forprofit organization or high school in Tennessee is eligible to use the program. Humanities Tennessee covers the cost of the scholar/facilitator’s honorarium and travel expenses. The four available conversation topics in 2012 included Dred Scott and the Origins of American Citizenship; From Plessy to Brown: Resolving the Question of Equal Protection under the Law; Region, Race, and Memory: Inheriting the Civil War; and The Emancipation Proclamation and James Baldwin: A 20th Century Disquisition on Equality. In 2013, The Conversations Bureau took place all three grand divisions, reaching a total of 67 people at the following locations: Stigall History Museum, Humboldt; Sam Davis Home & Museum, Smyrna; and Heritage Alliance, Jonesborough.

MAKING SENSE OF THE CIVIL WAR Making Sense of the American Civil War is a scholar-led reading and discussion program that occurred at four libraries across the state in 2013. Each library hosted a five-part series of conversations that explored the significance and meaning of the war to Tennesseans today. The book selections included fiction and nonfiction, plus an anthology of short stories, speeches, diaries, memoirs, letters, and more, and illuminated the experiences of individuals from a range of perspectives. The conversation topics included Imagining War, Choosing Sides, Making Sense of Shiloh, The Shape of War, and War and Freedom. The program began in the fall of 2012 in Chattanooga and continued in Memphis, Clarksville, Morristown, and Jonesborough in 2013. The combined total of 2013 participants was 714. The libraries considered the project successful and beneficial; one library noted 60% of participants were new to adult library programming. All indicated that the series positively promoted the library in the community, contributed to interest in future programming, and exposed the library to new people.

MEDIA LENDING LIBRARY The Media Lending Library consists of documentaries addressing a broad range of topics on Southern history and culture available to Tennessee nonprofits and schools for free public or classroom screenings. The Media Lending Library features award-winning documentaries addressing issues related to the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and Civil Discourse in American democracy, including At the River I Stand (1994), The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (2002), Dawn’s Early Light: Ralph McGill & the Segregated South (1988), and many more.



History & Culture

COMMUNITY HISTORY DEVELOPMENT FUND* The Community History Development Fund (CHDF) provides partner organizations financial support in the various phases of their work bringing the humanities to the public. The objective of the CHDF is to provide organizations with opportunities to achieve long-term goals, such as institutional growth and sustainability, through supporting endeavors that strengthen the professional skills of staff, volunteers, and board members, and that develop increasingly accomplished humanities programming. In 2013, the CHDF supported the following organizational assessments projects: Amqui Station (Madison), Bemis Historical Society (Bemis), and Clay County Museum (Celina). The CHDF also supported or approved six programming development projects: Tom and O.E. Stigall Ethnic Library and Museum (Humboldt) for an interpretive exhibit about the life and activism of Reverend Freeman; Overton County Heritage Museum (Livingston) for an interpretive exhibition plan; Parsons & Greater Area History Museum (Parsons) for long range education program planning with area teachers to develop local history lesson plans, a series KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun—Rhodes College profesof local history based film shorts produced by students, and an sor Dr. Charles McKinney speaks to Humboldt High School students interpretive living history tour of the town cemetery; Pleasant Hill about the importance of Black History in today’s generation, Feb. 21, 2013. Dr. McKinney was a guest of the Tom & O.E. Stigall Ethnic Historical Society & Pioneer Hall Museum (Pleasant Hill) for long Library & History Museum, and Humanities Tennessee. range education program planning with area teachers to develop local history lesson plans; Campbell Culture Coalition (LaFollette) for a multi-media exhibit about a mid-century radio and television barn dance and its impact on regional culture. Total 2013 CHDF grants and approved support equaled $15,598. *Beginning in 2014, the Community History Development Fund will be renamed the Partnership for Public Humanities.


$15,598 in CHDF grants $5,634 in TAM scholarships 8 partners and 18 TAM attendees supported

TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS (TAM) ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS Since 2003, Humanities Tennessee has offered a scholarship program for the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) annual conference held every March. The scholarships are available to volunteers without museum-related backgrounds who work for a nonprofit museum or organization that is starting a museum, and that has no paid professional staff. Each scholarship provides two nights lodging and conference registration fees for two people from up to fifteen organizations. Humanities Tennessee provided scholarships to attend the 2013 TAM conference in Franklin, March 20-22, to 18 people from 11 organizations across the state. The organizations included: Big Black Creek Historical Society, (Mercer); Buchanan Log House (Nashville); Community Action Group of Englewood; Elkton Historical Society; Granville Museum; Mayme Carmichael School Organization (Oliver Springs); Mt. Pleasant Museum; Overton County Heritage Museum (Livingston); Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Association; Pleasant Hill Historical Society; Historic Ramsey House. This was our 11th round of scholarship awards, bringing the total awards to 216 people from 95 organizations. page 11

History & Culture

MUSLIM JOURNEYS: POINTS OF VIEW Muslim Journeys: Points of View is a five-part book discussion series focused on literature by/about individuals of Muslim-majority nations, and partially supported by a grant from the American Library Association. The “Points of View” theme was developed by journalist Deborah Amos with the goal of counteracting the one-dimensional views of Muslims depicted in the mass media and news coverage in particular. The authors reflect on the daily lives of individuals in a variety of cultural and historical contexts. The books served as a launching point for small, diverse groups of individuals to gather and reflect on one another's perspectives, reaching a deeper understanding of our world and the inhabitants that share Tennessee communities. The fall 2013 series, held at the Endmondson Pike Branch of the Nashville Public Library, included the following books: In the Country of Men, by Hisham Matar (novel, Libya); Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi (graphic memoir, Iran); House of Stone, by Anthony Shahid (memoir, Lebanon); Broken Verses, by Kamila Shamise (novel, Pakistan); Dreams of Trespass, by Fatima Mernissi (memoir, Morocco). The series was facilitated by Dr. Kari Neely, assistant professor of Arabic & Middle East studies at MTSU. Sixty participants attended the series.

BITTERSWEET HARVEST: THE BRACERO PROGRAM, 1942 1942--1964 Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 is a bilingual, traveling panel exhibit exploring the roots of Mexican migrant labor to the United States, and began touring across the state in the fall of 2013. Organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the exhibit examines the bracero program, through which millions of Mexican nationals came to the U.S. on short-term labor contracts--the largest guest worker program in American history. The story serves as a springboard to consider timeless themes of labor, immigration, families, and communities in Tennessee today. The Tom and O.E. Stigall Museum in Humboldt hosted the exhibit from November 4th-December 21st, as well as our first “Life on the Fence: A Long View of Guest Worker Programs” conversation, facilitated by Dr. David Barber of UT-Martin. “Life on the Fence” is a public discussion using excerpts from research on guest worker programs to provide a shared context for discussing themes of labor, immigration, family and community in Tennessee. Forty high school students participated.

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Grants & Awards

AWARDS OF RECOGNITION FOR OUTSTANDING TEACHING OF THE HUMANITIES Awards of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities are available each year for up to six full-time 3rd–12th grade Tennessee teachers who receive cash for professional development and school humanities projects or materials. Each award recipient will receive a $2,000 fellowship to further their professional development in the humanities. The award recipient's school will also receive a $1,500 grant to be used for the purchase of humanities instructional materials or for student humanities projects. Since 1985, Humanities Tennessee has awarded more than $400,000 to 169 teachers in Tennessee. The 2013 Teacher Award Recipients included: Jennifer Vasil, St. George’s Independent School in Collierville; Kim Blevins-Relleva, Abintra Montessori School (Nashville); Elizabeth Barry, Oak Ridge High School; Sylvia Woods, Oak Ridge High School; Ray Scheetz, Franklin High School (Williamson County). The 2013 awards equaled $17,500.

THE ANNUAL GRANT PROGRAM The Annual Grant Program provides funding support for ambitious public humanities projects awarded each spring, and small project grants awarded each summer. The 2013 recipients included: East Tennessee Historical Society for “Core Conversations: Summer Workshops Focused on Museum and School Partnerships”; Memphis Public Library for “Bridging Cultures: Muslim Contributions to the United States since 1776” public presentation by Dr. Edward Curtis IV; African American Heritage Alliance for “Echoes of Emancipation: One Region, Many Voices” conference to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Emancipation; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for “Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South” exhibit and lecture; Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of TN for 50th Anniversary Lecture Series; Union County Chamber of Commerce for planning a self-guided walking tour of historic Maynardville; Lipscomb University for “Nashville’s Glory: Race and Remembrance in a Civil War City” guided tours to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Nashville. These 2013 grants totaled $34,225.

PROGRAM SPONSORSHIPS & COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS Humanities Tennessee has a cooperative agreement to sponsor the Children’s Festival of Reading in Knoxville and Tennessee History Day, a statewide event held in Nashville, every year. The Children’s Festival of Reading, held on May 18th at World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, featured authors Sharon Draper, Bob Shea, Kerry Madden, Deborah Diesen, Jarrett Krosoczka, and many more. Of the 7,000 students to participate in statewide Tennessee History Day competitions, 458 advanced to the state finals of Tennessee History Day on April 20th at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Thirty-six students advanced to the National History Day competition in Baltimore, June 9-13th. Eight students returned with “Outstanding Entries” recognition, including: Keya Patel, Lily Joiner, and Katelyn Mitchell from Northeast High School (Clarksville); Areej Malley and Ibtinal Malley from Pleasant View School (Memphis); and Hunter Henry, Tyler Showman, and Patric Vance from South Greene High School (Greeneville). Total support equaled $15,000. page 13


STATEWIDE RECEPTIONS Humanities Tennessee held a series of statewide public receptions in 2013 to introduce our partners, donors, and program participants to our new executive director, Tim Henderson. The receptions also gave us a chance to update constituents on programs in their area and collect ideas on how to better serve their regions. Receptions were held in Jonesborough, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. We will continue to hold public receptions throughout the state in the years to come.

AN EVENING WITH NEIL GAIMAN Humanities Tennessee partnered with Parnassus Books to bring Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, American Gods, and numerous other books, graphic novels, and television screenplays, to War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville on July 10. The ticket price included a copy of Gaiman’s newest book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The event was a sell-out, and a portion of the net proceeds benefited the 25th annual Southern Festival of Books. Author Neil Gaiman at WMA. Photo by WMA

BEER, BOOKS & BANTER On September 5th, Humanities Tennessee held a “Beer, Books, and Banter” event at Fat Bottom Brewery, 900 E Main Street in Nashville. The event was a benefit for the 25th annual Southern Festival of Books. Fat Bottom Brewery generously donated $1 from every pint purchased. The event featured a literary trivia game, select merchandise including commemorative Southern Festival of Books pint glasses, delicious Fat Bottom beers, and great conversation.

CLAY RISEN BOOK RELEASE & WHISKEY TASTING New York Times editor, blogger, and long-time HT friend Clay Risen brought his new book, American Whiskey, & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit to Nashville on October 25th for a book release, whiskey tasting, and Humanities Tennessee fundraiser. Held at Barista Parlor in East Nashville, guests enjoyed samples from Angel’s Envy, Collier & McKeel, Corsair, and Pritchard’s distilleries and music by Johnny Campbell & the Bluegrass Drifters. Proceeds benefited Humanities Tennessee.

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To obtain our complete financial statements, please contact Humanities Tennessee at (651) 770-0006 or

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LIST OF FUNDERS Humanities Tennessee is grateful to the following organizations and individuals who have made our programs possible. A special thanks to our primary public funder, the National Endowment for the Humanities.

CONTRIBUTIONS OF $10,000 AND UP AWC Family Foundation Dollar General Literacy Foundation Ingram Industries The Memorial Foundation Metro Nashville Arts Commission Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. National Endowment for the Arts Tennessee Arts Commission Vanderbilt University

CONTRIBUTIONS OF $5,000-$9,999 The Frist Foundation Ingram Content Group Parnassus Books R. P. Warren Center for the Humanities

CONTRIBUTIONS OF $2,500-$4,999 American Library Association Jean and Dennis C. Bottorff Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Dollar General Corporation Helen and Neil Hemphill

CONTRIBUTIONS OF $1,000-$2,499 Lynn M. Alexander Julia Baker BookPage The Center for the Book Tom Collins Holly Conner The Jane and Richard Eskind and Family Foundation Melanie and Randall D. Ford Beth Fortune Serenity and Russell Gerbman Hall Strategies Tim Henderson Donna and Michael S. Kestner Patricia G. Lane Gail Murray Nashville Electric Service Christina and John Norris Joy and Ed O'Dell Oxford American Literary Project, Inc. Alma Faye and Ed Rivers Ken Roberts, Jr. Julie Schoerke Target Turner Publishing Company The Vandewater Foundation Karen and Randy Williams Joyce and Stephen Wood

CONTRIBUTIONS OF $500-$999 Anonymous Clay Bailey Mary T. Barker T.A. Barron Beverly Bond Nathan Andrew Buttrey Jennifer and Mark Chalos James A. Clodfelter Lacey Cook Katharine Pearson Criss Melissa Davis Denise W. and Stephen E. Henley Roberta T. Herrin Frances and David Linley James Paul and Alexis McCoy Linda N. Rittenhouse Anne and Charles Roos Cynthia P. Smith The Joanne Stephenson Foundation Kathryn A. Stephenson Nancy Rankin and Whitworth Stokes Vanderbilt University‘s Center for Medicine, Health and Society Jane Walters Women's National Book Association

CONTRIBUTIONS OF $250-$499 Nicole and Roland Baggott, III Anne and Robert Brandt Ann and Frank Bumstead Hedy Weinberg and Dan Cornfield Carmen Davis Amy Dietrich Barbara and Robert Enkema Mariwyn Evans Donald Fann Sarah E. and Donald W. Fish Joe F. Fowlkes Robert C. Goodrich, Jr. Jonny Harwell Kevin Henderson Hot Yoga Nashville, LLC Sharon H. Lassiter Elaine K. Lytle Jeff Daniel Marion Katie McDougall Sandra McLeroy Erin M. and Theodore G. Morrison, II Ellen Myrick Nashville Public Library Foundation Carolyn D. and Courtney N. Pearre Lisa Peerman A. Warren Phillips, III David Pickens Fiona Prine Regions Financial Corporation Foundation Susan Robinson Theta Rone The ROROS Foundation Melissa M. and Philip R. Russ Carolyn W. and Gary W. Schott

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Dolores W. and John L. Seigenthaler Mr. and Mrs. Jim Snider Kathi Grant Willis Etta and Amos Wilson

CONTRIBUTIONS OF $100-$249 Dan Albergotti Honey and Lamar Alexander Kathi and Edgar Allen Mary K. Allen Jamie Anderson Rosalyn Anderson Clay Bailey, Jr. Tracy Barrett Bruce Barry Madison Smartt Bell Martha P. and Roger D. Bishop Gordon and Claudia Bonnyman Brenda and Trip Boon Charles Borders Ralph Bowden Karen Bowyer Rebecca Busby-Maiello Berdelle Campbell Mary Vaughan Carpenter Tony Cavender The Barbara and Eric Chazen Family Nancy and Ira Chilton Wayne Christeson Randall Clemons Stephanie and Forrest Conner Georgia Copeland Ron Watson and Jeffrey Corvin Jim and Ellen Coulter Tamara Crabtree Karen Davis Dennison Tombras Ruth D'Eredita J.T. Ellison Dale C. Farran Fat Bottom Brewery Jennie Fields J. David Gibson Mary Belle Ginanni Pat Gosch Sara K. and Stanley E. Graber Katherine D. Graham Connie and Richard Green Ruth A. Hillis Martha Hooper Susan and Mark Hosbach James and Peggy Hoyal Margaret and Charles Hubbert Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hutton Julia L. and Franklin M. Jarman Margaret Faye Jones Michael P. Jones Marilyn Kallet Marilyn R. Kemp Christine and Michael Kreyling Dewey W. Lambdin, II Susan S. Lanigan Beth Waltemath and David Lewicki Bobby Lovett Sally H. and John W. McDougall, Jr. Gretchen and Jeff Moore

Peggy A. Morris Karen S. Neal Ann M. Neely Penguin Group USA, Inc. Judy and Ron Pennel Gregory Plemmons Kimberly Quillen Linda and Bruce Ralston Jennifer Robinson Margaret M. and Robert Joseph Rolfsen Victoria O. Ross Laura H. Schmink Phyllis and L. Ray Sells Ruta Sepetys Joan Blum Shayne George Singleton Mary Q. Stevens Alexis M. Stevens Michael Strickland Branson Townsend Byron Trauger Barbara B. and Alan Voss Nancy S. Walker Ruth R. Warner Jinx Watson Sara West Mr. and Mrs. W. Ridley Wills, II Carolyn T. Wilson Patricia Murtaugh and Craig Wise Jane and Bill Young

CONTRIBUTIONS OF $35-$99 Tom Bailey Nancy C. and Benjamin F. Adams, Jr. Helen A. and James E. Akenson Clare C. Armistead Stephen V. and Jean C. Ash Cornelia T. and Joe K. Bain Neal and Linda Barber Robert Barber Ralph and Donna Barr Walker Bass Katrin Bean Linda Behrend Devon Boan Maggie Bootman Lois L. Brown Bill and Suzanne Brown Mary Ann Buehler Tina Caldwell Alice R. Cannon Mary Helen Clarke Randal D. Cooper Denise Davis Jean Dedman Ingrid Denney Mr. and Mrs. Don W. Der Sandy DeWald Bonnie and John Dings Kira Duke Ronald H. and Jane H. Dykes Patricia and William Dykstra Kathy Emery Teresa Ervin Bryn Evans Janet Fairchild Harriet H. Foley

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Kim Ford Wilmoth Foreman Phyllis and Stanley P. Frank Stephen G. Fritz Joy Fulkerson Edwin S. Gleaves Nancy Godleski Henrietta A. Grant Patricia R. Green Johnanna L. Grimes Hope Hall Kathleen Harkey Georganne Harmon Christopher Hebert Carole A. and Paul R. Hirth Henrietta Hobdy Jerrilyn Hobdy Bonnie Holaday Kay Johnson Rachel Wright and Matt Jones Ronald Kidd Doris Shea King Jim Knox William Kornrich Joe and Kathy Kremer Susan Kupisch Leslie LaChance Michael and Ellen Levitt Ellen A. Macek Esther Mackintosh Linda Marion Douglas Markham Ben and Loy Martin Jonathan Marx Michaela Mathews Julie McCargar Debra McClanahan Jill McCorkle Joyce A. McCullough Woodley and Ted McEachern Judy and James E. McFarland Susan Emery McGannon Joan McGranaghan Alice Merritt Dr. and Mrs. J. David Miller Sheri Moore Joe Morris Kay and Robert Moss Montina J. and D.M. Motley, Jr. Scott Newstok Kay Newton Ann S. and Charles L. Nored Margaret S. Norris, M.D. Robert T. Ogorman Tonie Osborne Ophelia Paine Jean W. and Ratliffe Paschall Martha K.S. Patrick Bill and Emily Peach Michelle and Mark Phillips Gilbert R. and Tobie B. Pierce Joyce D. Platz Carol and Richard Ranta William Renkl, Jr. Diana B. and David L. Revell Elizabeth Rowland-Riddell Julie K. Sandine Alice M. Sanford

Barbara and Don Saunders Maggie Selvidge Daniel Sharfstein Susan L. Shuman Helen Sirett Belinda Smith George Spain Louis Charles Stagg Alice Marie Starks Helen Stewart Ann and Hix Stubblefield Stephanie Swartz Mary L. Tanner Janice H. Tracy Kay Tyler Corinne Van Buren Dr. and Mrs. Gary Waltemath Dr. L. Charles and Jerry N. Ward Louise W. Watkins Kory Wells Lola White Alana White Ruth B. and James O. White Jean B. Wiseman Patricia Wright Diane Wyckoff


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