Sharing and Shaping Humanities Perspectives

Throughout National Arts and Humanities Month, the Federation has been exploring the amplitude of “the humanities,” paying close attention to the ways humanities councils both help to shape and are … Read more

Federation Launches First-ever Podcast, Making Meaning: Why Humanities Matter

This six-episode season is about the role the humanities have played during the pandemic and in our recovery across the greater United States. Each episode balances two interviews: one that tells a story from a public humanities program about a specific topic and another that takes a broad-ranging look at it with a humanities leader.

Making Meaning Podcast Episode 2: Civic Engagement by Way of Poetry

Carol Ann Carl, a storyteller from Pohnpei Island in the Federated States of Micronesia, talks about how she uses poetry to advocate for historically marginalized communities, and two-term US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey describes how poetry can articulate acts of civic engagement.

Why Civics Matters: Who is Involved?

Civic engagement itself takes many forms across communities, and one of the most recognizable acts of civic engagement is voting. The right to vote has historically fallen along lines of identity. Take the Voting Rights Act of 1965, for instance, which prohibited discrimination in voting based on race—that’s only been in place for 56 years of our country’s history.

“This is Our Voice”: Just Futures Youth Summit, Hawai’i Council for the Humanities

“There are so many youth out there who are excited about civic education, who are so excited about taking on these issues and so excited about participating in a political process,” Gillespie said. “[By the end of the summit] they had confidence in being able to talk to their state legislators and say ‘hey, we have these issues, you said that you promised to be willing to listen to us, this is our voice, let’s put this into action.’” Read more about Hawai’i Council for the Humanities Why It Matters Just Futures Youth Summit here.

FSHC Announces New Racial Equity Working Group

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Federation’s Racial Equity Working Group. Federation Board Member Gloria White Gardner (Maryland) and Maine Humanities Council Executive Director Hayden Anderson will serve as co-chairs. The group’s goals are to examine the Federation’s practices, policies, and programming, with the intention of coordinating institutional resources to help enact and support a race equity culture among our organization’s staff, board, and member councils nationwide.

Councils Kick Off Democracy and the Informed Citizen Programs in 2018

In partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes and supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, forty-nine councils will launch hundreds of programs and events exploring the importance of being an informed citizen and what that means in today’s society.

Engage, Explore, Encourage, Educate, Experience – It’s National Arts & Humanities Month! (Part 1 of 2)

October is National Arts & Humanities Month! See how councils across the nation are blending the two disciplines to inspire communities and promote understanding. (Part 1 of 2)

FEATURE: From Student Workshops to Summer Teacher Institutes, Councils Provide Enrichment Activities for all Ages

Throughout the summer, councils provide enrichment and professional development opportunities for all ages.

Thousands of Students Present Historical Research Projects at 2016 National History Day – Winners Announced!

State humanities councils, FSHC, and other humanities organizations come together to support National History Day – a program that brings students together, in a friendly history competition, from around the world.

MAY FEATURE: Humanities Documentaries

Through the use of documentary films, councils across the country are reaching new audiences and sharing previously untold stories of our nation in ways that challenge our understanding of history while promoting community engagement.

2022 Schwartz Prize Winners

Congratulations to the Hawai'i and Oklahoma Humanities Councils for winning the Schwartz Prizes for outstanding programming.

  • Page 1 of 2
  • 1
  • 2