The Humanities Council of South Carolina has named three recipients of the annual Governor’s Awards in the Humanities, including a Lowcountry educator.

Mary Ann Kohli, an English instructor at Trident Technical College, will join award-winning author Ron Rash, who teaches at Western Carolina University, and Parris Island Museum Director Stephen Wise at a gala celebration planned for Oct. 17 at the Palmetto Club in Columbia.

Kohli is founder and director of the Charleston Clemente Course, hosted by Trident Technical College. This course offers two free college-level humanities courses to the homeless and disenfranchised. She is also founder of the Charleston Socrates Café, a public Socratic dialogue that meets twice a month, and of the Southern Artists Celebratory Series, an annual Piccolo Spoleto event that celebrates a different southern artist each year.

Kohli has taught at Trident Technical College since 1999. She has also taught at the University of South Carolina, Voorhees College and The Citadel. She is a member of the Charleston Rotary Club, the MUSC Humanities Committee and the Humanities Book Club at MUSC. In 2008, she won the Service Learning Award from the S.C. Commission of Higher Education, and she has been named the S.C. Technical Education Association’s Educator of the Year.

Established in 1991, the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recognize outstanding achievement in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship; institutional and individual participation in community-based programs that promote public understanding of ideas and issues related to the humanities; excellence defining South Carolina’s cultural life to the nation or world; and exemplary support for public humanities programs.

The Humanities Council is in its 40th year as the state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more about the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities and to see a complete list of the previous 62 recipients, visit