Wed February 25, 2015

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to honor Cokie Roberts

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The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has announced it will honor New Orleans native Cokie Roberts as its Humanist of the Year. Over the past 30 years, the award has been given out annually by the state’s humanities council as part of an effort to recognize the artists, authors and organizations making valuable contributions to the culture of the state.

The LEH’s Brian Boyles says NPR’s senior news analyst and ABC News’ political commentator was a perfect fit for the award.

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Thu February 5, 2015

African American history in Marshall, Texas, chronicled in new video

The Marshall Historic Landmark Preservation Board will debut a 30-minute video Thursday that showcases the city’s African American heritage. It’s called “The Buard History Trail.”

The video is a montage of interviews and historic photos that highlight the local Civil Rights leaders whose work altered America’s racial divide. The trail shows some of the places where this history happened, and makes the case that African Americans made a remarkable contribution to Marshall’s growth and development.

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Wed February 4, 2015

LSU Shreveport historian completes Russian war memoirs anthology

LSU Shreveport military historian Alexander Mikaberidze is an expert on the Napoleonic Era, and has a doctorate from Florida State University.
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A military historian at LSU Shreveport is out with his third volume in an ongoing anthology of Russian memoirs that are part of the “Eyewitness Accounts” series.

Alexander Mikaberidze read more than 4,200 pages of Russian diaries, memoirs and reports about Napoleonic Wars involving Russia for his latest effort.

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Tue January 27, 2015

Panola College in Carthage, Texas, mounts Prohibition exhibit

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Panola College in Carthage, Texas, will open its first large-scale exhibit Wednesday. 

The exhibit, “Spirited: Prohibition in America,” is organized by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ On the Road Initiative.

Panola’s library services director Cristie Ferguson says the exhibit came in 21 crates, and many people at the college had a hand in setting it up. They cleared almost the entire first floor of Panola's M.P. Baker Library to make room for it.

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Mon January 26, 2015

Stephen F. Austin State composer scores music born out of national park visits

Stephen Lias has been producing classical music works inspired by his national park adventures since 2009.

A Stephen F. Austin State composition professor writes music inspired by his experiences in America’s national parks.

Stephen Lias is producing a new CD of contemporary classical music featuring five works, each focused on the wonders found in national parks.

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