Thad Cochran Humanities Achievement Award
First established in 2009, the Thad Cochran Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities honors Senator Thad Cochran (U.S. Senate—R.MS) for his support and tireless efforts on behalf of the humanities in Mississippi. He was and is a driving force in supporting the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Mississippi Humanities Council, and the Mississippi Arts Commission. He has been instrumental in the success of the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration since its inception and is an active member of our steering committee.
Each year, the Chairman and her awards committee choose a worthy candidate from the state of Mississippi who, like Senator Cochran, has dedicate years of time, talent, and expertise to the field of humanities in Mississippi and the surrounding region. Traditionally, the award is presented publicly at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration each February and appears on the conference agenda.