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Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

Announcing the 2022 Award Recipients

Save the date for the celebration! Sunday, October 23, 5:00-7:00 pm, Kennedy Library, Columbia Point, Boston

Proceeds from sponsorships, ticket sales, and direct donations are being put to use to maintain and enhance the Clemente Course, Reading Frederick Douglass Together, Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, and other humanities-based programming that reaches people throughout Massachusetts.

Callie Crossley

Callie Crossley is host of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley and presents radio essays each Monday on GBH’s Morning Edition. She also hosts Basic Black, which focuses on current events impacting communities of color, and serves as on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Wellesley College.

Frances Jones-Sneed

Professor of history and former Director of Women’s Studies at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Frances Jones-Sneed teaches and researches local history, focusing on African Americans. She directed three National Endowment for the Humanities grants and is co-director of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail.

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee is a national leader in advancing women’s equality and representation in American politics and in the field of contemporary art. She founded and leads the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which endowed a nonpartisan training program for women at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an internship program at the Massachusetts State House for students at Simmons College in Boston.

Fredric Rutberg

Fred Rutberg is the president and publisher of New England Newspapers, Inc., which owns The Berkshire Eagle located in Pittsfield, MA. The Eagle is a daily paper that serves all of Berkshire County and adjacent areas of Connecticut and New York State.

The 2022 Awards Committee: Co-chairs Amy Macdonald and Marita Rivero; Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Al Griggs, Denise Kaigler, Jeff Musman, Nancy Netzer


Last Year: The 2021 Governor’s Awards

The 2021 virtual celebration was livestreamed on Sunday, October 24. You can watch the program below, honoring John Burgess, Annette Gordon-Reed, Sonia Nieto, and Heather Cox Richardson.

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