English Professor Gets Governor’s Award in the Humanities

Simon Lewis, professor of English and speaker of the College Senate at the University of Charleston, has been honored with the 2021 Governor’s Award in the Humanities.

Conferred by the South Carolina Humanities, a 501(c) 3 organization ruled by volunteer local community leaders, the Governor’s Award in the Humanities acknowledges exceptional achievement in humanities study, instructing and scholarship in the Palmetto Point out.

Lewis, a previous associate dean of the School of Languages, Cultures and Planet Affairs and director of African Scientific tests, is one of much less than 100 people today and businesses to obtain the award.

“This signifies a large sum to me and I’m just tremendously grateful to all the individuals who have enabled my perform around the yrs,” Lewis claims. “I’m tempted to put ‘work’ in quotation marks, since it’s not substantially like function at all when you have the guidance of colleagues, at all concentrations, as awesome as we’re blessed with at CofC.”

Proven in 1991, the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities spotlights institutional and person participation in serving to South Carolina communities far better fully grasp cultural heritage troubles connected to the humanities, as well as recognizing excellence defining the state’s cultural existence to the country or globe and support for public humanities applications.

“Simon’s experienced a massive impression on the intellectual lifetime of our campus,” says Gibbs Knotts, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “He’s a planet class instructor-scholar and a staunch advocate for the humanities. He also has a knack for bringing people jointly from a assortment of disciplinary perspectives, and we are so blessed to have him on our college.”

Totally southern, Lewis was raised in the South of England and near Cape City, South Africa. He returned to England to comprehensive higher faculty and an undergraduate degree at Worcester College in Oxford. A year as a graduate pupil at the University of South Carolina in Columbia revealed a passion for instructing and for the future 9 several years he taught significant university English in England and Tanzania. Returning to graduate university in the United States, Lewis done his doctorate at the College of Florida. Because 1996 he has taught in the Section of English at CofC, specializing in African and postcolonial literature.

Fascinated by Charleston’s African heritage, Lewis turned enthusiastically associated with the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic Entire world (CLAW) program, which was established in 1994 to promote scholarship and public engagement with the history and culture of the Lowcountry, the Atlantic Environment and the connections among the two. For the past two a long time he has been affiliated with CLAW as both affiliate director or director, overseeing several community lectures, symposia and conferences on subjects as various as foodways, materials culture, general public background and Jewish intellectual migration.

“As considerably as CLAW is involved, I admit to a whole lot of delight in that program,” Lewis suggests. “I feel we’ve punched way above our pounds in excess of the past 25 decades or so and have experienced a important influence on the way folks consider about Lowcountry and Atlantic Globe background. On the campus, I’m especially happy that we’ve been equipped to be so properly interdisciplinary, connecting with individuals from African experiments, African American research, and so forth. as a result of to zoology.”

President Andrew T. Hsu, in a latest electronic mail to CofC college and workers, praised Lewis’ contributions to his office and the School: “Simon has been and is a stalwart winner for the campus neighborhood, although also continuing to be a distinguished scholar and advocate for the humanities. Properly done, Simon, on obtaining this much-deserved honor. You provide wonderful acclaim to the Faculty of Charleston.”