Archive for June, 2009

23
Jun
09

New catalog on its way

If you’re on our mailing list, you’re just a few days away from receiving the 2009-2010 Whole Humanities Catalog in your mailbox. And what a loaded catalog it is!

CoverThe publication features all of the players in the upcoming season of Kentucky Chautauqua and the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. We are introducing five new Chautauqua characters — Lucy Bakewell Audubon, wife of ornithologist John James Audubon; Rosemary Clooney, the famed actress and singer from northern Kentucky; Johnny Green, Confederate soldier in the Orphan Brigade; U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan; and Billy Herndon, Abraham Lincoln’s friend and law partner for 18 years. Our Speakers Bureau includes 13 new speakers and a variety of interesting talks. Kentucky Poet Laureate Gurney Norman joins our ranks, in addition to a number of Kentucky writers and scholars.

If you’re not on our mailing list but would like a copy of the magazine, call us at (859) 257-5932, or e-mail julie.harris@uky.edu or kathleen.pool@uky.edu. We’ll get you set up and a catalog on its way!

If you’re an educator, check out information in the catalog about our Chautauqua in the Schools program. Our Chautauqua programs are an excellent addition to your curriculum and are available to Kentucky classrooms at a reduced cost, thanks to National Endowment for the Humanities We The People funding. Click here or call (859) 257-5932 for more information.

Take a sneak peek at the catalog on our Web site. And watch your mailbox — bookings for Kentucky Chautauqua and the Speakers Bureau begin July 1!

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05
Jun
09

Dress rehearsal’s over; it’s time for the show

The five new characters in this year’s Kentucky Chautauqua cast made it through their final review this week — and they’re almost ready to take their shows on the road.

On Monday, the characters — Lucy Audubon (Kelly Brengelman), Rosemary Clooney (Bet Stewart), Johnny Green (Ethan Smith), Justice John Marshall Harlan (Ed Smith) and Billy Herndon (Robert Brock) — gave their full 45-minute performances to a crowd of professional and volunteer reviewers. They will use reviewers’ suggestions to fine tune their performances before bookings begin July 1.

Click here to read Herald-Leader arts and entertainment writer Rich Copley’s blog entry about the review and to see a photo slideshow.

The Kentucky Humanities Council’s Whole Humanities Catalog, which advertises all of our Chautauqua performers and Speakers Bureau members, will be available July 1, and bookings for the upcoming season can be made at that time. The catalog is your tool for choosing and booking a Chautauqua performance or Speakers Bureau talk. You can also visit our Web site for instructions.

05
Jun
09

Obama choses former Rep. Jim Leach to lead National Endowment for Humanities

We’re sharing with you today news of the president’s choice to lead the National Endowment for the Humanities, former Rep. Jim Leach. If confirmed by the Senate, the Princeton University professor will succeed Bruce Cole, who spent eight years as chair of the NEH. The Kentucky Humanities Council is supported by NEH, in addition to private donations.

Check out an Los Angeles Times story about Leach by clicking here.