The Alabama Colloquium

Each year, we present the Alabama Colloquium to honor new Alabama Humanities Fellows — individuals whose outstanding work in the humanities has positively impacted our state, nation, and world. In 2024, as part of our 50th anniversary, we’ll host two Alabama Colloquium events.

Our first, August 26 in Huntsville, honors musicians Brittany Howard and Jason Isbell.

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The 2024 Alabama Colloquium series:

August 26, 2024 | Huntsville 
December 2, 2024 | Birmingham 


AHA will honor four new Alabama Humanities Fellows in 2024, at a pair of Alabama Colloquium events. The first, in Huntsville on August 26, will honor Brittany Howard and Jason Isbell.

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Brittany Howard and Jason Isbell: In Conversation

On August 26 in Huntsville, the Alabama Humanities Alliance (AHA) will recognize Brittany Howard and Jason Isbell as Alabama Humanities Fellows.

This ticketed event at the Von Braun Center will feature an in-depth conversation between Howard and Isbell, and each honoree will perform a song they’ve selected for the occasion. Another legendary Shoals musician, Patterson Hood, will be our special guest to present each Fellow with their awards. Our appreciation to Regions Bank for serving as the event’s presenting sponsor.

Howard and Isbell share deep roots in north Alabama – Howard in Athens, Isbell in Green Hill and Muscle Shoals. The two are among the most acclaimed artists of their generation, with a combined 11 Grammy Awards between them. And it’s their tremendous talent as songwriters that makes them Alabama Humanities Fellows. Their powerful storytelling challenges us all to think, to empathize, and to explore what it means to be human.

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2024 Fellow: Brittany Howard

Brittany Howard grew up in Athens, Alabama. In 2009, she and her first bandmates formed the Alabama Shakes. Howard began her solo career in 2018. She has five Grammy wins and 16 nominations; her newest album is What Now, released in 2024.

2024 Fellow: Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell was born in Green Hill, Alabama, and raised in the Muscle Shoals area. His music career has taken him from FAME Studios to the Drive-By Truckers and on to his longtime band now, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. He has six Grammy wins.

Special Guest: Patterson Hood

Howard and Isbell will be presented their awards by Patterson Hood, another legendary north Alabama musician and songwriter. Hailing from Muscle Shoals, Hood co-founded the influential Drive-By Truckers, and has deep connections to these Fellows.