Two Schwartz Prizes Awarded to Nevada Humanities and Minnesota Humanities Center at #VirtualNHC21

In a year that demanded so much from our humanity, these programs brought opportunities for community members to express themselves, gather together, and provide much-needed context for what we were experiencing as a nation.

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: Exploring What Civic Engagement Means Today

Given the upheaval and tragic losses of the pandemic, among so many other unprecedented events that have since materialized, it makes sense that our ideas about civic tenets like community, responsibility, and involvement are changing.

For Pride Month: Humanities Council Programs

For Pride Month, humanities councils join parades across the country with histories of change, LGBTQ ancestors, jazz, politics, literature, film, and stories past, present, and future. And people have noticed: among many, read stories about Vermont Humanities Council and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities programs that celebrate the contributions of trans and LGBTQ+ individuals and check out the list inside for additional programs.

HNY’s Amended Podcast and the Nuances of History-telling

The idea for a podcast about the diversity of the women’s suffrage movement took root after HNY’s 2017 centennial commemoration of women’s right to vote in New York state. Rebman said that as they were looking to 2020, the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment (which states that a citizen’s right to vote cannot be denied on the basis of sex), they noticed an appetite to learn and to grapple with what the suffrage movement did—and did not—achieve. Read more about Humanities New York’s Amended podcast here.

Sample of Council Programs on Race, Inequality, Black History, and More

Here is a small sample of programs offered by the state humanities councils on race, inequality, Black history, interracial communications, and more. These programs use the humanities to provide historical context, share personal experiences, and build understanding to better foster empathy.

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.

Pulitzer Prizes Council Campfires Events Heat Up In October

More than 30 events are occurring in October, making it one of the busiest in terms of council Campfires programming. These programs include festivals, poetry celebrations, distinguished lectures, and reading and writing workshops.

Councils Kick Off Summer-Inspired Pulitzer Programming

Councils launch programs geared towards summer, American history, food safety, the outdoors, and youth in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Councils in the “Public Square”

Eight state humanities councils received a total of more than $1.4 million from NEH’s Humanities in the Public Square to conduct programs across the nation.

Pulitzer Prizes and FSHC Launch Centennial Campfires Programming

Pulitzer and the Federation of State Humanities Councils kick-off the 2016 launch of the Pulitzer Centennial and Campfires Initiative

Nominate a Council Program!

We are now accepting nominations to the 40th annual Schwartz Prize!

The deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday, August 18, 2022. 

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