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Mary Murphy to receive Governor's Humanities award June 12 at MSU

June 5, 2013

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 Montana State University history professor Mary Murphy will receive a Governor's Humanities award at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the Leigh Lounge in MSU's Strand Union Building. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Murphy and Walter Fleming, Native American studies professor and chairman of MSU's Native American Studies Program, were among seven recipients of Governor's Humanities Awards announced in January. However, Murphy was unable to attend the presentation of the award at a ceremony held in Helena in February, so Humanities Montana initiated the June 12  ceremony to present her award.

 Murphy has taught at MSU since 1990. In that time, she's won several awards for her teaching and scholarship, including the Wiley Award for meritorious research, and the Betty Coffey Award for contributions on behalf of women at MSU. She was the Michael P. Malone Professor of History from 2005-2010.

Murphy is known for her engaging history books focusing on gender in Montana. She has published 10 books and book chapters, including "Hope in Hard Times: New Deal Photographs of Montana, 1936-1942," which won the Montana Book Award in 2003.

She has served on the Humanities Montana and Montana Historical Society Boards. Humanities Montana named Murphy a Humanities Hero in 2012. Murphy is currently researching the historic role of food in the American West, as a way of tracing the history of women in the region.

The Humanities Montana awards were established by former Gov. Marc Racicot in 1995. Humanities Montana presents the awards to honor achievement in humanities scholarship and service and enhancement of public appreciation of the humanities.


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