Foundation News

New Board Members Elected

At the Foundation`s June 13 board meeting in Plymouth, three new board members were elected to three-year terms. The new members are Orlando Isaza of Leeds, Martin Newhouse of Winchester, and Frank F. Sousa.

Orlando IsazaOrlando Isaza is Acting Assistant Dean of Social Sciences at Holyoke Community College. Orlando has served as adjunct faculty at a number of Boston-area institutions and has taught courses in psychology, sociology, anthropology, education and Spanish. He earned his BA in Sociology and did graduate work in Sociology of Medicine and Health Care at Brandeis and has an MSW in Community Organization, Social Planning and Social Policy from the University of Connecticut. He recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of Our Lady of the Elms. Since 1969, Orlando has been consulting and lecturing extensively on public welfare, health care, alternative healing practices, minority affairs, diversity concerns and human services. He lives in Leeds.

Martin NewhouseMartin Newhouse is a partner at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston. He earned his BA in Economics from Columbia College and his PhD in Modern European History from Columbia University. After teaching history at Columbia University and Boston College, he attended Yale Law School, where he received a JD. He has practiced law in the litigation department of Ropes & Gray since 1984. Martin has served as one of the firm`s legal ethicists since 1990 and has been chairman of the firm`s Pro Bono Committee. He contributed an essay on Friedrich Nietzsche to European Writers: The Romantic Century (New York, 1985) and an article on alternative dispute resolution to the Boston Bar Journal. He lives in Winchester.

Frank SousaFrank F. Sousa is Associate Professor of Portuguese and Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Frank is also founder and first chair of the Department of Portuguese, in addition to being co-founder and director of Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies, a semiannual academic journal, and general editor of the Portuguese in the Americas series, both published by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. He earned his BS in Psychology from the University of Santa Clara and completed his graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned an MA in Portuguese and a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. He is the author of O Segredo de Eça: ideologia e ambiguidade (1996), and has received numerous awards and fellowships, including two Fulbrights and recognition from the Government of Portugal for the promotion of Portuguese language and culture in the U.S. Frank coordinated "A Tribute to José Saramago: Contemporary Literature in the Portuguese-speaking World," a conference organized by the Foundation in 2002.

Departing Board Member Lisbeth Tarlow

Term limits have advantages and disadvantages. When we have to say good-bye to a wonderfully effective and hard-working board member the disadvantages come to the fore. The Foundation wishes a fond farewell to retiring board member Lisbeth Tarlow, who has generously and graciously contributed her time and her talents to the public humanities for the past six years. As chair of the Membership and Nominating Committee from 2000 to 2003, Lisbeth has been responsible for recruiting over half the current board. She also served on the MFH Executive Committee, 1999-2003, and wrote a widely requested essay about the Foundation`s first traveling seminar to Cuba for Mass Humanities (Fall, 2000). A major donor as well, no board member has done more to advance the mission of the Foundation than Lisbeth Tarlow. We will miss her—a lot.

Primary Source Awarded NEH Grant

Primary Source, Inc. of Watertown, a professional development center that has received numerous grants from the Foundation in the past 10 years, has been awarded $145,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a teacher institute, "African Americans and the Making of America, 1650-2000," to be held July 6-30, 2004, at Tufts University in Medford. The month-long institute will offer 25 middle and high school teachers from around the country the opportunity to explore in depth how the experiences of African Americans both reflected and shaped the world in which they lived. Participants will examine the many ways in which African Americans have influenced American thought, cultural expression, and the traditions of freedom and democracy. Congratulations to Primary Source. For more information on the institute, go to or call (617) 923-9933.

Bay State Historical League Receives Award of Merit

Congratulations also go to the Bay State Historical League, one of the Foundation`s longtime partners in delivering services to Massachusetts history organizations. On the occasion of its centennial, the League has received an Award of Merit for general excellence from the American Association for State and Local History. Mina Wright McCandless of Harvard, Massachusetts has been named the new Executive Director of the BSHL.

John Sieracki, New Director of Development

John Sieracki has joined the Foundation staff as Director of Development. An avid reader and writer of poetry, John has spent ten years as a professional fundraiser, most recently serving as Director of development for the Northern Forest Center in Concord, New Hampshire. A graduate of the University of Delaware, John did graduate work in Language and Literacy at City College of New York. He will be based in the Northampton office.

©2003 The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities

Published in Mass Humanities, Fall 2003