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Professor Test joins Idaho Humanities Council board

Photo of Professor Test in the Basque block.

The Idaho Humanities Council recently elected Mac Test to its board of directors.

Test is a professor of English and the chair of the Department of English at Boise State. He is the author of “Sacred Seeds: New World Plants in Early Modern English Literature,” which examines how New Wold plants, including tobacco, amaranth, guaiacum, and the prickly pear cactus and their associated Native myths impacted English literature and European culture.

He has held fellowships at the Huntington Library, Folger Shakespeare Library and the John Carter Brown Library. Test also is a poet and translator of Spanish. He has four book translations and just finished a translation of the 1626 Spanish play, “The Lieutenant Nun,” which he workshopped at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada in September 2018, and which he recently presented at the Boise Contemporary Theater. He frequently gives talks at Boise State’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The Idaho Humanities Council board comprises academic, public and at-large members representing all regions of the state.

The board also elected Mary Ann Allison, a professor emeritus in media studies at Hofstra University who lives in Idaho Falls. Test and Allison will serve three-year terms and attend their first meeting in February 2020.

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