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#HumCitizen: FRANK Talks – The spread of fake news


Casa Grande, AZ – [discussion] Join us for a FRANK Talk on how to find the right prescription for healthy media consumption.

PROGRAM: WaterSim Arizona


Sierra Vista, AZ – [training and workshops] To combat challenges of drought and climate change, Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) at Arizona State University has created a water simulation model, WaterSim Arizona, that uses water data to mimic the water supply for five distinct regions in the state of Arizona. Visitors to the Water/Ways exhibit can use the WaterSim Arizona kiosk to see the impact of their decisions as they balance water supplies and demand in their region. (Educators)

PROGRAM: We The People – The Citizen and the Constitution

North Dakota

Bismarck, ND – [workshop] We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a comprehensive instructional program to help students understand the history and principles of our constitutional government. The program focuses on the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights and fosters civic competence and responsibility among high school students. (K-12, Youth, Educator)

PROGRAM: We The People – Summer Institute

North Dakota

Bismarck, ND – [professional development, workshop] The Center for Civic Education, the James Madison Legacy Project, and Humanities North Dakota are offering a summer institute that provides rigorous training to educators as they work with constitutional scholars and mentor teachers. Participants attend lectures and sessions dedicated to teaching methods appropriate to the We The People curriculum. Educators from across the state of North Dakota are eligible to participate based on their application. One or two graduate credits will be available. (Educators)

EXHIBIT: Crossroads – Change in Rural America


Select locations, MI – [exhibit] The Smithsonian’s Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit is coming to Michigan in 2019. The Michigan Humanities Council is coordinating the exhibit’s tour in Michigan and seeks six partner organizations in rural communities to host Crossroads in 2019-2020. Selected sites will host the Smithsonian exhibit, work with local partners in their community, and create additional programming to support the exhibit. (Rural Communities)

PROGRAM: Danger Close


Anchorage, AK – [workshop, discussion] Danger Close is a joint project of 49 Writers and the Alaska Humanities Forum to build community and forge connections between military and civilian participants through writing workshops. (Veterans, Public)

PROGRAM: Community Conversations


Statewide, MN – [discussion] Community Conversations are events that help build thoughtful, literate, and engaged Minnesotans. This summer, Minnesota Humanities Center will host 10 listening sessions across the state to explore local issues by gathering people from diverse backgrounds to express key issues of concern and opportunity, and brainstorm ways the council can collaborate to support community solutions. (Public)

PROGRAM: Teaching Historical Thinking


Select locations, HI – [training and workshops] In partnership with Chaminade History Center, the council will host three series of one-day professional development workshops for middle and high school teachers featuring best-selling author and teacher, Bruce Lesh. (Educators)

PROGRAM: The Great American Read


Statewide, FL – [television] In partnership with the Florida Library Association, Florida Humanities Council has designed a special initiative grant for Florida libraries and Florida Public Broadcast stations to implement public programming related to “The Great American Read.” Created by PBS, the Great American Read is an eight-part televised series running each summer that promotes the joy of reading through a selected list of 100 novels. (Public)

RESOURCE: The Mississippi Encyclopedia


Statewide, AL – [online] The online version of The Mississippi Encyclopedia is a partnership between the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Humanities Council. The encyclopedia is a wide variety of experiences and perspectives of the diversity of the state, its people, and the dramatic ways all of these facets of life have changed over time. (Public)

PROGRAM: Candid Conversations – A Discussion of Race in Wichita


Wichita, KS – [archived] A community-wide series of events examining issues of race and policing in Wichita. Humanities Kansas partnered with the Wichita Public Library with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Public

PROGRAM: Heritage Grants – Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People


Statewide, MI – [Schwartz Prize Winner: 2016] With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Michigan Humanities Council’s Heritage Grants Program supports projects that explore local histories of race, ethnicity and cultural identity in Michigan. (Public)

PROGRAM: Hometown Teams


Anne Arundel, MD – [Schwartz Prize Winner: 2015] Hometown Teams is the fourth Museum on Main Street exhibit tour that Maryland Humanities Council has sponsored in the state. This program has been archived. (Rural Communities)



Statewide, CA – [Schwartz Prize Winner: 2015] War Ink illustrates how 21st century public humanities programming can make use of new technologies and reflect contemporary cultural forms while maintaining continuity with traditional humanities practices of reading, listening, reflection, and dialogue, in order to illuminate ideas and experiences at the heart of what it means to be human. This program is ongoing. (Veterans, Public)

PROGRAM: Hometown Humanities


Statewide, MT – [Schwartz Prize Winner: 2015] Through this program Humanities Montana created a focused partnership with one Montana community, offering between 25-35 different humanities programs, organizational support, marketing support, and neighborly advice over the course of twelve months. This program is ongoing. (Rural Communities)