Benefit Dinner


2015 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

A Dinner to Benefit the Public Humanities in Massachusetts

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Columbia Point, Boston

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

Watch three short videos about each of the award recipients

Margaret H. Marshall

Margaret Marshall is renowned for her pursuit of justice and equality, from her anti-apartheid activism in her native South Africa to her service as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, where in 2003 her ruling made this the first state to recognize marriage equality.  Video

The Lowell Institute

Founded in 1836 with a mission to inform the populace regardless of gender, race, or economic status, The Lowell Institute has reached thousands of Boston area residents
by sponsoring free public lectures and other educational programs.  Video

Margot Stern Strom

Through Facing History and Ourselves, an organization she founded and led for four decades, Margot Stern Strom has enabled millions of students to study the steps that led to the Holocaust and genocide, and to investigate the root causes of racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry and violence.  Video

2015 Sponsors:

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Carolee Howell, in memory of Harry Howell
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Hertel & Konish Wealth Management Group
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Gourmet Caterers
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Seyfarth Shaw
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer, LLP
Eastern Bank
Goodwin Procter LLP
Harvard University, Division of Continuing Education in honor of the Lowell Institute
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Northeastern University College of Professional Studies in honor of the Lowell Institute
Peabody Essex Museum in honor of the Lowell Institute
Stern and London Families in honor of Margot Stern Strom
Wells Fargo Foundation in cooperation with Wells Fargo Advisors
WGBH in honor of the Lowell Institute

Sponsorship Opportunities:

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

  • An ad in the program booklet given to all 200+ 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 and Family Adventures in Reading. 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 followed the Mass Humanities 2015 Fall Forum:

Citizenship, Justice, and Racial Conciliation

Edward M. Kennedy Institute’s full-scale replica of the United States Senate Chamber
Columbia Point, Boston
3:30 – 5:00 PM, Sunday, November 1, 2015
A free panel discussion between scholars, writers, and public intellectuals who have interesting, thoughtful and constructive things to say about how to understand and improve race relations in the United States.
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