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Haaland, McNamer named to receive Governor’s Humanities Awards

Haaland, McNamer named to receive Governor’s Humanities Awards

Tami Haaland and Elizabeth McNamer are among five Montanans who will be recognized during the Governor’s Humanities Awards Ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda in Helena.

Humanities Montana presents the awards, established by Gov. Marc Racicot in 1995, to honor achievement in humanities scholarship and service and enhancement of public appreciation for the humanities.

According to a press release from Humanities Montana, the 2019 honorees represent the full range of humanities accomplishments.

Haaland is a statewide leader on poetry education who has served as Montana’s poet laureate and volunteers extensively in the Billings area to encourage literary engagement among citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

McNamer is a religious studies professor at Rocky Mountain College who has introduced Montana students to archeology in Israel and Montana citizens to literature through her public radio programs.

Other honorees are Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, of Helena; Ellen Crain, of Butte; and Thomas McGuane, of McLeod.

The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2019, and is free and open to the public. A banquet at the Radisson Colonial Inn will take place after the ceremony, with no-host cocktails at 6 p.m. and a dinner and program at 7 p.m. Bill Pullman, actor and rancher, will provide the keynote address. Banquet tickets will go on sale in mid-September at Humanities Montana’s website,


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