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National Humanities Center Names Students for 2022–23 Leadership Council

December 15, 2022

Undergraduates From Across the Country to Participate in Pre-professional Training

The National Humanities Center (NHC) is pleased to welcome twenty-two undergraduates who have been selected for the Center’s National Humanities Leadership Council. Nominated by faculty from colleges and universities across the country, these students will receive professional development and mentoring from leading scholars and other humanities professionals as well as research support, opportunities for networking, and access to NHC programming and expertise.

Council members will participate in a series of interactive sessions with leaders from across the country exploring the importance of the humanities in addressing contemporary challenges.

By bringing together a diverse group of students with shared intellectual passions and similar professional goals, the council aims to facilitate creative and ambitious inter-institutional collaborations that help students prepare for a wide range of careers. Council members represent a range of institutions, including liberal arts colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities from nine states—California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
“The exceptional students selected for the council this year are pursuing a wide assortment of majors, from history, English, and philosophy to biology, environmental studies, and government relations,” said NHC Director of Public Engagement Jacqueline Kellish, “but they all share a deep interest and passion for the humanities.”

The 2022–23 council members are:

  • Emma M. Akuyeva, Bowdoin College
  • Laci Burton, Stony Brook College
  • Giovanni Calabrese, Bowdoin College
  • Hailey Drapcho, Bucknell University
  • Irma Fowe, Prairie View A&M University
  • Toshaani Goel, Davidson College
  • Owen Gramley, Bowdoin College
  • Stanley Hamilton, Prairie View A&M University
  • Elise Hasseltine, Bucknell University
  • Anwar Ibrahim, North Carolina Central University
  • Huihui Jiang, Macalester College
  • Elena Mindell Kendrick, North Carolina Central University
  • Emi Kuroda, Soka University of America
  • Shelby May, Bucknell University
  • Morgan Elise Mayo, William Jewell College
  • Nada Balsam Merghani, North Carolina Central University
  • Jennifer Mzobe, Stony Brook College
  • Mikey Tang, Macalester College
  • Meghna Vasiraju, Stony Brook University
  • Benjamin Michael Wardlow, William Jewell College
  • Ever Whitlock, Trinity University
  • Charlotte York, Stony Brook University
  • Irina Znamirowski, Brandeis University

About the National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center is the world’s only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities. Governed by a distinguished Board of Trustees from academic, professional, and public life, the Center began operation in 1978 and offers programs to encourage excellence in scholarship, improve teaching, and increase public appreciation for, and engagement with, the humanities.


Don Solomon
Director of Communications