#HumCitizen: The State of Tennessee’s Civic Participation

Presented by:
Humanities Tennessee
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Nonprofits, Other Subject: Cross-Cultural Understanding, Journalism, Other Audience: All, Colleges and Universities, Young Adult, Youth/Teen

Humanities Tennessee will create a variety of programs and resources designed to examine and encourage civic participation in Tennessee. Tennessee currently has the lowest voter turnout in the US and all the daily newspapers are owned by a single company. Programs include the creation of an infographic on voter turnout across the state, opinion pieces, sessions at the Southern Festival of Books, and a neighborhood story telling workshop.

Programs will take place across the state throughout the year and partnerships include with the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, and Think Tennessee.

MARCH 2018

Pressing Concerns: The State of the Free Press in Nashville – Nashville, TN – Humanities Tennessee partnered with PEN American to explore the health of Nashville’s local press and its power to engage and inform citizens. Demetria Kalodimos, former WSMV-Channel 4 anchor; Steve Cavendish, former editor-in-chief of the Nashville Scene; and Ken Paulson, former editor-in-chief of USA Today and current president of the First Amendment Center provided a “fun and interactive look at the first amendment” at the event, which was hosted at the Third Coast Comedy Club.


“Democracy and the Informed Citizen” special session track at the Southern Festival of Books – Nashville, TN