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Thomas Fick honored by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Contact: Christina Chapple


Thomas Fick

     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) has honored Thomas Fick, professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University, with a 2009 Individual Achievement in the Humanities Award.

     Each year, LEH, the Louisiana affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, recognizes residents who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities. Fick’s honor is one of two Individual Achievement awards that will be presented at LEH’s 2009 awards ceremony March 21 at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow, La.

     At the ceremony, LEH will also present awards for Humanist of the Year, Lifetime Contribution to the Humanities, Chair's Award for Institutional Support, Humanities Documentary Film of the Year, Public Humanities Programming, Humanities Book of the Year, the Humanities Teacher of the Year award and the Michael P. Smith Memorial Award for Documentary Photography. For ticket information, contact Brian Boyles at the LEH, 504-620-2622 or

     Fick, LEH said, “has long been involved with the LEH and done a tremendous amount of work in St. Tammany Parish to promote education, art and the humanities for people of all ages. He has directed three LEH Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) programs and four summer teacher institutes to engage and better prepare middle and high school teachers for their important work.”

     “We extend our congratulations to Dr. Fick and our gratitude for the important work he has done to promote understanding of our regional culture,” said David Hanson, head of the Southeastern English Department.

     Fick, a graduate of Reed College and Indiana University, specializes in American literature, literature of race, and women's literature. He currently holds Southeastern’s Leola Purcell Endowed Professorship in English for his work on Creole literature and is a former recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in the Humanities.

     Fick’s LEH summer institutes have included "Creoles in Fact and Fiction" and ARegion, Race, and Identity in Louisiana.@ He has also published essays in many major journals, including “Genre,” “South Atlantic Review,” “Studies in American Fiction,” “Nineteenth-Century Literature,” and “Studies in Short Fiction.” He is co-editor of “Alice Ilgenfritz Jones's Beatrice of Bayou Teche,” published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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