THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES TEN MEMBERS TO THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE HUMANITIES President Clinton today announced the recess appointments of Nina
Archabal, Betty Bengtson, Ron Chew, Bill Duke, Donald Fixico, Henry Glassie, Mary Hubbard, Naomi Shihab Nye, Vicki Ruiz and Isabel Stewart as members of the National Council on the Humanities.
Dr. Nina M. Archabal, of St. Paul, Minnesota, has been with the Minnesota Historical Society since 1977, and has served as its Director and State Historic Preservation Officer since 1987. She is currently on the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, is a former Chair of the American Association of Museums and was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Folklife Center. In 1997, President Clinton awarded Dr. Archabal the National Humanities Medal. Dr. Archabal received a B.A. from Radcliffe College, a M.A.T. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Ms. Betty G. Bengtson, of Seattle, Washington, has held the post of Director of University Libraries at the University of Washington since 1990. Previously, she was associated with the libraries at the University of Tennessee and Georgetown University. Additionally, Ms. Bengtson has served in a number of capacities with the Library and Information Technology Association, the Washington Library Association, the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Association of Research Libraries, to include serving as President of the latter group 1998-99. Ms. Benstson received a Bachelor's Degree from Duke University, and Master's Degrees from Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland.
Mr. Ron Chew, of Seattle, Washington, has been Executive Director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle since 1991. Earlier, he served as Administrative Coordinator of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. While at Wing Luke Museum, Mr. Chew has been Exhibition Writer for a number of museum projects, including "Renewal of America: Voices of Recent Asian Pacific Immigrants" and "20 Years After the Fall of Saigon: The Vietnamese American Story". He is also a Board Member of the Seattle Public Library Foundation and serves on the Advisory Board of the Museum Loan Network. Mr. Chew has received a number of awards, including the Governor's Heritage Award from the Washington State Arts Commission and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Asian American Studies. Mr. Chew studied Editorial Journalism at the University of Washington School of Communications.
Mr. Bill Duke, of Washington, DC, is Chairman of Film Studies at Howard University and is both a distinguished film director and actor. Among his feature film directing credits are "Hoodlum", "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black" and "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit". His primetime television direction credits include: "Raisin in the Sun", "The Outsider", "Hill Street Blues" and "Fame". As an actor he has appeared in "Payback", "Bird on a Wire" and "American Gigolo". In addition to his work at Howard University, he has also taught and lectured at numerous universities including Colorado College, Boston University and Lincoln University. Mr. Duke has received several awards, including Special Recognition for "Hoodlum" from Friends of the Black Oscar Nominees and the Drum Major for Justice Film Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Mr. Duke received a B.A. from Boston University, and M.F.A. degrees from New York University and the American Film Institute.
Dr. Donald L. Fixico, of Baldwin City, Kansas, is Professor of History and Director of the Indigenous Nations Studies Graduate Program at the University of Kansas. He has also served as an Exchange Professor at universities in England and Germany. Among his publications are three books, Termination and Relocation: Federal Indian Policy, 1945-1960, Urban Indians, and The Invasion of Indian Country in the Twentieth Century: American Capitalism and Tribal Natural Resources. A number of other works are in progress, including The Urban Indian Experience in America scheduled for publication this October. Dr. Fixico received a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Henry Glassie, of Bloomington, Indiana, has served as College Professor of Folklore and Co-Director, Turkish Studies at Indiana University since 1988. Earlier, he was Chair of the Department of Folklore and Folklife and Professor of Folklore and American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as President of the American Folklore Society from 1988-1990. Dr. Glassie is widely published and among his recent books are Irish Folktales, The Spirit of Folk Art, Turkish Traditional Art Today, The Potter's Art and Art and Life in Bangladesh. For this latter work he received the Certificate of Honor from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. He received a B.A. from Tulane University, an M.A. from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Mary D. Hubbard, of Birmingham, Alabama, is currently an English teacher at Mountain Brook High School. Last year she received the biennial "Teacher of Merit Award" from the Alabama Association of Historians. She is a member of the Alabama Council of Teachers of English, the National Council for Social Studies Teachers, the Alabama Association of Historians and the National Council for History Education. She received a B.A. in English and History from Washington University, St. Louis and an M.A. in Gifted Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ms. Naomi Shihab Nye, of San Antonio, Texas, is a poet, essayist, anthologist and author of children's books. Among her books of poems are Hugging the Jukebox, Red Suitcase and Fuel. Her books for young readers include Habibi and Sitti's Secrets. She has traveled to the Middle East and Asia for the United States Information Agency promoting international goodwill through the arts. Ms. Nye has received numerous awards for her work including the Award for Contribution to Literature at the American-Arab Convention on Anti-Discrimination, four Pushcart Prizes, two Jane Adams Children's Book Awards and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has also been featured on PBS's "The Language of Life with Bill Moyers" and National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She received her B.A. from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz, of Tempe, Arizona, is Professor of History and Chicana/Chicano Studies and Chair of the Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies at Arizona State University. She is widely published and among her books are Cannery Women, Cannery Lives: Mexican Women, Unionization and the California Food Processing Industry, 1930-1950 and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America. For this latter work she received an award as the Outstanding Academic Book of 1998 from the American Library Association. Dr. Ruiz is a member of the national advisory boards of The Museum of Women- The Leadership Center, New York the National Women's History Project and the American Historical Association. She received a B.S from Florida State University and an A.M. and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Ms. Isabel Carter Stewart, of Chicago, Illinois, served as the National Executive Director of Girls Incorporated from 1991-2000. Ms. Stewart has served on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, National Assembly of Voluntary Organizations, National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. She also serves on the Harvard Business School Strategic Planning in Nonprofit Management Advisory Committee, and participates in the International Women's Forum, the Women's Foreign Policy Group and the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. Ms. Stewart received a B.A. from Wellesley College, Masters Degrees from both New York University and the University of Pennsylvania and has done additional work relating to non-profit organizations at Harvard University Business School and Columbia University Business School.
The National Council on the Humanities is responsible for advising the Chair with respect to the policies, programs and procedures necessary for the operation of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, the Council reviews applications for the awarding of grants and makes recommendations to the Chair. Staff support and funding for the Council are provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.