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LSUS Professor, Dr. William Pederson, named Humanist of the Year

March 19, 2013

 

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities named political science professor Dr. William Pederson Humanist of the Year. This is the first time this award has been awarded to someone at LSUS in 28 years. The award is given on the basis of someone's contributions to humanities and encouraging public consideration of issues pertaining to humanities.

Dr. Pederson's involvement in humanities began 30 years ago at LSUS when he founded the nation's first International Lincoln Center for American Studies, located in Bronson Hall room 323. This center started with the annual Washington Semester program - the first independent one at a public university in the South. More than 500 scholars from outside the state have visited our campus to view the International Lincoln Center, including the first ever Nobel prize recipient.

The College of Liberal Arts is also home to one of the largest collections of materials related to Abraham Lincoln's legacy abroad. Its resources are used by both faculty at LSUS and abroad, as well as students, for research purposes, which has led to one of the highest publication rates in this area of the humanities.

Pederson dedicates his award to past and present faculty, students, and the community who have built a strong humanities component at LSUS, particularly in the College of Liberal Arts. He will be awarded at the Humanities Awards Luncheon on April 6th.