Northwestern’s Dr. Shawn Holliday Appointed to Oklahoma Humanities Board of Trustees

November 12, 2020

Dr. Shawn Holliday, associate dean of graduate studies and professor of English at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, has been appointed to the board of trustees of Oklahoma Humanities, with duties already starting.

Holliday has been appointed to serve one, three-year term. After the initial three-year term, he will be eligible to serve one additional three-year term.

According to the Oklahoma Humanities website, the Oklahoma Humanities uses “the humanities — history, literature, ethics and culture — to inspire fresh thinking, promote civic engagement and strengthen our democracy. Since our founding as an independent nonprofit in 1971, our programs, grants and partnerships have used humanities scholarship to promote critical thinking and community building. Our affiliation with the National Endowment for the Humanities gives us unique access to resources that benefit people and communities across our state."

In her letter of appointment, Oklahoma Humanities executive director Caroline Lowery stated that the board agreed Dr. Holliday’s academic humanities experience, emphasis on public learning, and exemplary community engagement will help ensure their mission is met throughout all 77 counties of Oklahoma.

The mission of Oklahoma Humanities is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives and participate knowledgeably in civic life.

“I am thrilled with this appointment to the Oklahoma Humanities board of trustees,” Holliday said. “I look forward to using my knowledge and wide-ranging experience to promote the humanities in the state of Oklahoma. It is something that I am well-prepared to do. I look forward to spending my time and energy in support of such a wonderful organization.”               

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