FMU’s Tuttle honored as a recipient of the 2020 Governor’s Award in the Humanities
Francis Marion University English professor Jon Tuttle was one of several South Carolinians honored last week as a recipient of the 2020 Governor’s Award in the Humanities presented by S.C. Humanities.
Established in 1991, the Governor’s Awards celebrate the Palmetto State’s most ambitious humanities academics and advocates. S.C. Humanities recently introduced the Fresh Voices in the Humanities Awards as a way to recognize innovative individuals who use culture and history to bring people together, but whose efforts may have gone relatively unnoticed beyond their own community.
Tuttle is a professor of English, the Director of University Honors, and the Nellie Cooke Sparrow Writer-in-Residence at Francis Marion University. Tuttle coordinates such events as the Beyond Mother Emanuel Symposium; a visit from the Moving Wall Vietnam War memorial; and many touring play productions, lectures, and readings. His most recent book, The Trustus Collection, includes six of his plays that premiered at Trustus Theatre since 1994. At present, he is editing South Carolina Onstage, which will collect seven plays by Palmetto State playwrights from the post-colonial period to the present. Tuttle has won the South Carolina Theater Association’s Founders Award, a Porter-Fleming Award and Puschart Prize nomination for fiction, and fellowships from the South Carolina Academy of Authors and Florence Regional Arts Alliance, on whose boards he has served.
Joining Tuttle in the Governor’s Awards category are Billy Keyserling, Robin Waites, and Barbara Williams Jenkins. As the longtime Mayor of Beaufort, Keyserling has led collaborative cultural and environmental initiatives designed to educate the public and mobilize the community for the common good. Waites, the executive director of Historic Columbia, established an expansive community engagement program in Richland County and has worked with local partners on a number of major historic preservation projects.
Williams Jenkins has championed historic preservation efforts in Orangeburg, from identifying key sites to hosting preservation workshops to her work establishing the South Carolina State College Historic District and more.
The 2020 recipient of the Fresh Voices in the Humanities Award is Caroline DeLongchamps. As the Manager of Patient-and-Family-Centered Care for the Medical University of South Carolina Health System, Caroline DeLongchamps has created opportunities for MUSC to apply the humanities in a practical sense and impact the lives of patients, families, clinicians, and students through such initiatives as the Patient Story Workshop and Patient Story Library. She serves on the Humanities Program Leader Committee and the Hospital Ethics Committee.
The virtual Governor’s Awards in the Humanities Award Ceremony will be held on YouTube on Thursday, Oct. 22. For more information on the award winners and the event, visit www. schumanities.org/annualevents/govawards/
The mission of S.C. Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, the organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.