New Award Honors Carnegie Director

Contact: Kathy Johnson

Photo of President Lee T. Todd Jr, Aumaine Mott and Jan Isenhour
(l-r) President Lee T. Todd Jr, Aumaine Mott and Jan Isenhour

""

Isenhour is credited with helping keep the Kentucky Women Writers Conference alive when its funding was eliminated by the University of Kentucky in 1998. Funding for the conference was restored in the 2001-2002 school year, and the conference returned to UK. In the interim period, the conference was based at the Carnegie Center.

""

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2004) -- The Kentucky Women Writers Conference announced its sponsorship of a new student award at the University of Kentucky. The Isenhour Award for excellence by a woman in undergraduate research in the humanities has been named for Jan Isenhour, director of Lexington’s Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Isenhour is credited with helping keep the Kentucky Women Writers Conference alive when its funding was eliminated by the University of Kentucky in 1998. Funding for the conference was restored in the 2001-2002 school year, and the conference returned to UK. In the interim period, the conference was based at the Carnegie Center.

The first Isenhour Award was presented to Aumaine Mott, a senior Russian and East European Studies major from Orville, Ohio, at the conference kickoff March 25. Mott was honored for her project that gives voice to a Muslim woman, formerly a refugee of Bosnia Herzegovina, through her own memories and those of the American woman who became her best friend. By combining interviews, journal entries and secondary materials, the project explores the similarities and differences between the perspectives of the two women, resulting in an intimate account of the Muslim woman’s experiences through childhood, war, immigration and starting over as a refugee.

Mott and future Isenhour Award winners receive a monetary award, present their research at the annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference, and have it published in UK’s undergraduate scholarly journal Kaleidoscope.


Back to Campus News Homepage