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Jane Austen Summer Program wins humanities award

At a reception on Aug. 26, the Jane Austen Summer Program received the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in Public Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council. The award, according to the council, honors “significant, imaginative, Council funded public humanities projects that reflect and affirm the Council’s mission.”

The Jane Austen Summer Program was recognized for its educator capacity-building efforts. Since its inception, JASP has awarded 22 teachers — representing 19 counties across the state — free admission and 20 other teachers discounted admission.

JASP would like to thank Ronnie Jackson, founder of the teacher scholar program and its first chair, as well as all the members of the committee past and present. The incoming chair is Kathryn Edelstein.

From left: Paula Watkins, director of the N.C. Humanities Council; Harlan Joel Gradin; JASP alumni teacher scholar Caitlin Donovan; program co-founder Inger Brodey; Professor Bill Andrews, incoming chair of board of NCHC; JASP alumni teacher scholar Sherrill Jolly; JASP volunteer Susan Buonocore; JASP co-founder James Thompson.

From left: Andrews; Buonocore; outgoing JASP teacher scholarship chair Terri O’Quin; Brodey; Donovan; Jolly.

From left: Buonocore; O’Quin; Brodey; Donovan; Jolly.


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