PROGRAM: MO Humanities in the Public Square

Presented by:
Missouri Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Humanities in the Public Square National Partner: NEH Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Museums, Other, Public Radio, Public Television Subject: African American/Black, Cross-Cultural Understanding, History Audience: All

In 2015, the Missouri Humanities Council received a “Humanities in the Public Square” grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a result of this grant, the council created a year-long project that encouraged statewide conversations on the history of cultural and social polarization in Missouri, from the 1820 Missouri Compromise to the 2014 Ferguson protests. The multi-part project featured lectures, panel discussions, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.

The Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center, Kansas City Public Library, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, Missouri History Museum, Nine Network for Public Media, and the Washington University in St. Louis-Center for the Humanities partnered with the Missouri Humanities Council to carry out the project.