By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Tupelo’s Carla Falkner has long been involved in promoting the humanities.
On Friday, she received a statewide award for her efforts.
Falkner, a history instructor at Northeast Mississippi Community College, received the Humanities Educator Award during the Mississippi Humanities Council’s annual banquet – which also celebrated the organizations’ 40th anniversary.
MHC is a nonprofit focused on providing programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage and foster critical thinking, among other things.
“I’ve been very involved with the council for almost 20 years, and I have a great deal of respect for their work and for what they do,” said Falkner, who also spent eight years on the MHC board. “They really raise the level of understanding and dialogue in the state of Mississippi.”
In addition to what she has done in her history classroom, Falkner has helped coordinate regular humanities programming at Northeast.
This most recent one explored food-related issues and encouraged students to look critically at what they are eating. Several years ago, the school took an extended look at racial reconciliation.
“Carla is a driving force behind our outstanding humanities program each year at Northeast,” said Glenice Stone, director of learning resources at Northeast and member of the school’s Cultural Arts Committee.
Falkner is married to Pat Falkner and they have two children and one grandson.