Virtual Hill Visits – Preparing for Your Virtual Visit (Humanities on the Hill 2021)

With three (3) weeks remaining before Humanities on the Hill, this is the time to be preparing for your virtual Hill visits. Read on to learn how to prepare, how to prep your advocacy team, and what to do if you don’t know an answer to your legislator’s questions (hint: don’t panic).

‘Every Beat Will Fight for Me’: Black Alabamians and the Vote

In 1946, Alabamians voted to approve the Boswell Amendment—a law that required citizens to explain a section of the Constitution to the satisfaction of the registrar before they could be registered to vote. With no clear guidelines, it meant that each registrar could effectively choose who got to vote. Read more in here.

Virtual Hill Visits – Scheduling Your Virtual Visit (Humanities on the Hill 2021)

Now is the time to schedule your Humanities on the Hill virtual congressional visits for the first week of March. Need help? Check out this article and learn the who, what when, how, and why of setting up your virtual Hill visits. #HumHill21

Florida Humanities Navigates Sacred Waters

“When we think about stories, we think of this ‘Once upon a time…’ there’s a moral, a take-away, that tells us something larger about ourselves and about our environment,” Machado said in “Sacred Water: Exploring the Protection of Florida’s Fluid Landscapes,” a Florida Humanities virtual presentation recorded on October 14, 2020. Read more about Florida Humanities’ program and how the humanities can help us think about our environment.

Learning Early about Race with Colorado Humanities

Growing up, how many children’s books did you have with characters whose race was different from yours? How many conversations did you have with a grown-up about difference, white privilege, and prejudice? Learn about Colorado Humanities’ conversation “Talking to Children about Race” here.

Donuts Ask Big Questions Too: Humanities Washington’s Cabin Fever Kids

“His parents wanted him to accept who he was—a zombie,” the narrator says, “And zombies don’t eat veggies.” Afterward, you can turn back to the Cabin Fever Kids collection, where there are thoughtful questions for readers to ask about Mauricio’s dilemma, like “How are you different from or the same as your family?” Read about Humanities Washington’s “Cabin Fever Kids” program.

Building Community Relationships During a Pandemic: PHC’s Teen Reading Lounge

The core of Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s (PHC) award-winning, nontraditional book club, the Teen Reading Lounge (TRL), has always been relationships—between young adults, librarians, and communities who ask questions, share ideas, and develop together. So when schools and libraries closed earlier this year after the pandemic hit, relationships were still going to be at the heart of whatever way the program adapted. Read more.

Discover Your Poetic Creature – Poetry Quiz for the Holidays

Poetry unveils unexpected truths about who we are and what we’re doing in the world, showing us parts of ourselves that we didn’t see before. U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo says that “Without poetry, we lose our way,” and this quiz is here to help you find that inner-poetic-creature part of your path in the world.

Michigan Humanities Explores the Urban/Rural Divide

How long has the divide between urban and rural communities existed? Longer than you think. And how big is that divide? Not as vast as it might seem. Read more here.

Democracy as a Way of Living: Jamelle Bouie with Oregon Humanities

“I think the reason people are motivated [to vote]…is less because they think their individual vote is going to be decisive and more because voting, casting a ballot, is sort of part of a set of things you do as part of a community,” Bouie told Davis. “This is civic participation, it is a collective endeavor that we all do to sort of signal to each other our investment in this idea of self-government and this idea of choosing our leaders.” Read more here.

Building Trust: Telling Stories

“Many stories, one people,”—that’s the tagline for the North Carolina Humanities Council. In a webinar on October 22, a panel of scholars and leaders across disciplines talked about what that tagline looks like when it comes to creating an inclusive space to explore the state’s difficult histories and trace how those stories diverge and overlap.

Nevada Humanities: Making Voices Heard

When you walk into an art gallery, do you move clockwise or counterclockwise? Are your eyes drawn to the color, the medium, the framing, or the other people milling around? These are just a few questions Nevada Humanities asked themselves when they were adapting their latest exhibition, “Resiliency: A Blooming Diaspora,” online. A lot about the way we move in the world has changed this year because of the pandemic, and walking through a gallery is no exception, but Nevada Humanities knows that doesn’t mean the experience is any less powerful. Read on.