Monday, November 11, 2013
The Humanities CouncilSC is pleased to announce that three extraordinary South Carolina individuals are the recipients of this year’s annual Governor’s Awards in the Humanities, presented at a gala that was held Oct. 17 at the Palmetto Club in Columbia. The three recipients are: Ron Rash, award-winning author who is the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University; Dr. Stephen Wise who is director of the Parris Island Museum; and Dr. Mary Ann Kohli, English instructor at Trident Technical College.
Established in 1991, the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recognize outstanding achievement in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship; institutional and individual participation in community-based programs that promote public understanding of ideas and issues related to the humanities; excellence defining South Carolina’s cultural life to the nation or world; and exemplary support for public humanities programs. From 1991-2012, sixty-two awards have been presented. The Humanities CouncilSC is completing its 40th year as the state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. Mary Ann Kohli is founder and director of the Charleston Clemente Course, hosted by Trident Technical College. This course offers two free college-level humanities courses to the homeless and disenfranchised. She is also founder of the Charleston Socrates Café, a public Socratic dialogue that meets twice a month, and of the Southern Artists Celebratory Series, an annual Piccolo Spoleto event that celebrates a different southern artist each year.
With degrees from Winthrop University and the University of South Carolina, Kohli has taught at Trident Technical College since 1999. She has also taught at USC, Voorhees College and The Citadel. Kohli is a member of the Charleston Rotary Club, the MUSC Humanities Committee and the Humanities Book Club at MUSC. In 2008, she won the Service Learning Award from the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education, and she has been named the South Carolina Technical Education Association’s Educator of the Year.
To learn more about the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities and to see a complete list of the previous 62 recipients, visit The Humanities CouncilSC website: www.schumanities.org.