This year’s Humanities Awards luncheon was special. For the first time in decades, we brought the ceremony back to New Orleans, where more than 280 guests made 2014 our biggest award event since Katrina. Author and Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson joined us to accept the 2014 Humanist of the Year award. Board members, partners, awardees and friends from across the state enjoyed the hospitality of the Audubon Tea Room. The LEH thanks our major sponsor IBERIABANK, as well as table sponsors Bellwether Technology, Ragan Green, the Historic New Orleans Collection, Metro Security, Brenda Mounier and CODOFIL, Stirling Properties, Phyllis Taylor and Union Pacific Railroad. Once again, the people and culture of Louisiana inspired the LEH staff to continue our rewarding work in service of this great state.
Walter Isaacson is the 2014 LEH Humanist of the Year. President and CEO of The Aspen Institute and the best-selling author of biographies of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Ben Franklin, Isaacson contributed this autobiographical article to the new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. To read the full issue online and view more photos from this article, click here. To renew your subscription to LCV, click here. The LEH will honor Isaacson at the March 29th Humanities Awards.
I once was asked to contribute a piece for a section of the Washington Post called “The Writing Life.” This caused me some consternation. A little secret of many nonfiction writers like me—especially those of us who spring from journalism—is that we don’t quite think of ourselves as true writers, at least not of the sort who get called to reflect upon “the writing life.” At the time, my daughter, with all the wisdom and literary certitude that flowed from being a 13-year-old aspiring novelist, pointed out that I was not a “real writer” at all. I was merely, she said, a journalist and biographer.
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has named journalist and author Walter Isaacson as its 2014 Humanist of the Year. Isaacson and other recipients will be honored at the Humanities Awards on Saturday, March 29th, 12:30 p.m., at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.
The Humanities Awards are sponsored by IBERIABANK. Tickets to the awards luncheon are $125 per person, with special discounted $90 tickets for young professionals and tables available for sponsorship. Tickets go on sale Feb. 12th. Click here to purchase tickets online, or mail a check to the LEH at:
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Awards Event 938 Lafayette Street, Ste. 300 New Orleans, LA 70113
For media credentials or additional information on this year’s awardees, contact Brian Boyles at email@example.com or 504.620.2632.