Benefit Dinner

Opening Doors Opening Minds

2018 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

A Dinner to Benefit the Public Humanities in Massachusetts

Sunday, October 28, 2018

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Columbia Point, Boston

5:00 Reception | 6:00 Dinner and Governor’s Award Presentations

The Governor’s Awards in the Humanities will be conferred upon four leaders in recognition of their public actions, grounded in an appreciation of the humanities, to enhance civic life in the Commonwealth.

A Special Celebration of David Tebaldi’s 33-Year Tenure as Executive Director of Mass Humanities

2018 Honorees

Read about our four 2018 Honorees

Ellen S. Dunlap

Ellen S. Dunlap has served as president of the American Antiquarian Society, a national research library of American history, for twenty-five years. Under her leadership, the AAS has made its collections available to a wide variety of constituents—from classroom teachers to artists and creative writers—while maintaining a strong commitment to its traditional scholarly audiences. She has served as an advisor for the Library of Congress, Mount Vernon, the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe, the library at Winterthur, and other libraries and historical societies. She served as president of the board of Mass Humanities from 2002-2004.

David J. Harris

David J. Harris is managing director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Under his leadership, the Institute has created a national platform with its Houston/Marshall Plan for Community Justice, an initiative that seeks to change the way public policy is designed and implemented. Prior to his current position he served as founding executive director of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston. He has served on many boards, including Mass Humanities (as president 2006-2008), and currently as the chair of the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Nancy Netzer

Nancy Netzer is professor of art history at Boston College where she has served as the founding director of the McMullen Museum of Art since 1990. Since that time, she has organized more than 60 inter-disciplinary exhibitions with accompanying publications that have included some of the finest works of art from collections around world. Most recently she has overseen the renovation of a neo-Renaissance “palazzo” on Commonwealth Avenue that opened in 2015 as the new home to the Museum. She has served on several boards including Mass Humanities as a Governor’s appointee for 11 years and as board chair from 2013-2015.

David Tebaldi

David Tebaldi retires as executive director of Mass Humanities this fall, having overseen the funding and implementation of thousands of programs that bring the humanities to the Massachusetts public. Highlights of his 33-year tenure include the college accredited Clemente Course in the Humanities for low-income adults; bronze sculptures of history-making Massachusetts women on permanent display at the State House; Mass Moments, the popular digital almanac of Massachusetts history; and grants totaling more than $10 million for nonprofit organizations and public agencies for an amazing variety of programs presented to all kinds of audiences.


Al and Sally Griggs

John Burgess and Nancy Adams
John and Marie Dacey
Hertel & Konish Wealth Management Group
McMullen Family Foundation
Jeffrey Musman and Lynne Spencer
Lia and Bill Poorvu

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
The Clearbrook Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Michael Pappone and Diane Savitzky
Wells Fargo Foundation in cooperation with Wells Fargo Advisors

American Antiquarian Society
Alice Delana
Jack and Joan Regan
WGBH Educational Foundation

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsorships start at the $2,500 Benefactor level and include benefits such as:

  • An ad in the program booklet given to all 350+ guests.
  • Recognition on Mass Humanities website.
  • Inclusion in displays and materials made for the event.
  • Seats at the dinner.

Please download sponsorship details (pdf) to see specific benefits for different levels of sponsorship. Questions? contact John Sieracki.

The Proceeds:

Proceeds support programs that reach underserved communities such as the Clemente Course in the Humanities, which serves as a bridge to further education and civic involvement for low-income adults. Mass Humanities is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the use of history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to deepen our understanding of the issues of the day, strengthen our sense of common purpose, and enrich individual and community life.

The Awards Dinner follows the Mass Humanities 2018 Fall Forum:

Science, Democracy, and Climate Change

Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Columbia Point, Boston
3:30 – 5:00 PM, Sunday, October 28, 2018

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