Joe Starita to receive 2019 Sower Award

Joe Starita will receive the 2019 Sower Award in the Humanities as announced by Humanities Nebraska.  Starita will be presented with the award on Thursday, October 24 at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center.  The presentation will immediately precede the 24th Annual Governor’s Lecture.

 

Starita is currently a journalism professor at University of Nebraska, Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass communications.  Before joining the faculty in 2000 Sarita was an investigative reporter at the Miami Herald where he specialized in exposing unethical practices in the medical community.  One of his stories of extortion of insurance companies with bogus claims was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the category of local reporting.

Starita is also an author of three books that have been recognized for exploring the role of Native Americans in history.  “The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge – A Lakota Odyssey” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  Proceeds from “I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice and “A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor” fund scholarships that enable Nebraska Native American students to attend college.  Starita earned the national civil right award, Leo Reano Award in July of 2011, for his work with the Native American Community.

 

Starita’s ability to deeply probe these subjects that have shaped the past and the lives of many secures him as one of Nebraska’s treasures.  The Nebraska Cultural Endowment would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Starita for this well-deserved honor.

 

Lincoln Journal Star, Letter, 8/9/2016 : Remembering Crosby

It was with sadness that we noted the passing of LaVon Crosby (“Crosby, beloved state senator, dies,” July 28). LaVon was a treasured legislator but she was much more than that. She will be remembered as an effective voice in the legislature but more so as a beloved lady and friend. She was the godmother of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, which she remembered as her proudest accomplishment. It was her primary bill and was ushered into fruition.

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Norfolk hosts state arts reception

By KENT WARNEKE

editor@norfolkdailynews.com | Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:00 am

It could be called the perfect storm — in the best possible sense of the term.

The collective presence and work of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nebraska Arts Council

and Humanities Nebraska has been of benefit to communities, arts organizations and individuals

across Nebraska.

“It’s a really neat thing to have everything work together,” said Suzanne Wise, executive director

of the Nebraska Arts Council.

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Reception next week for statewide arts, humanities officials

Special to the Norfolk Daily News | Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:04 am

The Norfolk Arts Center will be host to a reception next week designed to provide an opportunity

for Norfolkans and area residents to meet representatives of three statewide cultural arts

organizations.

Special guests will be Marian Fey, the new executive director of the Nebraska Cultural

Endowment, along with Suzanne Wise, executive director of the Nebraska Arts Council, and

Heather Thomas, development director for Humanities Nebraska.

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Press Release: New Executive Director named for Nebraska Cultural Endowment

The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is pleased to announce Marian Fey as its new Executive Director. Marian comes to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment after serving as the Director of Nebraskans for the Arts and she brings to the position extensive non-profit leadership experience and a strong background in the arts and education. She will be responsible for continuing to build the endowment, enhancing statewide relationships and administering the organization.

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