PROGRAM: NY Reading and Discussion

Presented by:
New York Council for the Humanities
Local Partner: Libraries, Nonprofits, Other Subject: Varies Audience: public

In each of Humanities NY’s Reading and Discussion programs, participants read a series of thematically linked texts over the course of four, five, or six sessions. At each session, participants come together with others in their community to discuss a text in a conversation facilitated by a trained local scholar.

The texts in each series vary: novels, poems, speeches, memoirs, and essays; works of history, philosophy, religion, and criticism. The council provides up to 15 copies of books for the host sites to borrow.

Any tax-exempt organization in New York State can host this program. Traditional humanities organizations like libraries, museums, and historical societies, as well as organizations such as AmeriCorps sites, prisons, veterans’ groups, and churches, use the program to enrich their programmatic offerings or to build new audiences.

Host sites agree to pay a $25 fee per session, which may be waived upon request.

Deadlines: Apply by June 16th to host a program in the fall, or in December for spring programs.


  • Serving
  • Muslim Journeys
  • Making Sense of the Civil War
  • Serving: Standing Down
  • Pulitzer “Campfire” Readings: Reaching for the American Dream
  • In Cold Blood: True Crime, an American Genre
  • Growing & Aging
  • Lincoln on the Civil War
  • The Serious Side of Food
  • American Politics & Community Today
  • James Baldwin’s America
  • Votes for Women!
  • Our World Remade: World War I