Humanities Now
April 2021

I am not the person who runs the fastest. I am not the person who is the strongest. I am not the person who has all the answers to life's questions. I am the person who loses my keys, my phone, my train of thought. I wonder if a year from now, I will feel the same way about last year. I miss seeing whole faces. I want to see a gap-toothed grin from ear to ear. I want to high-five, shake hands, hold hands, not just touch elbows. I will not forget you if I don't see you again. I will remember you, and will tell the story of how we lived, when the world changed forever.

"I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it." - Maya Angelou

Brenda Thomson
Executive Director
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Contribute to Journal of the Plague Year: Covid-19 Digital Archive

The Arizona Historical Society is partnering with the ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies to contribute to A Journal of the Plague Year: Covid-19 Digital Archive. We invite you to share your story of how the pandemic has impacted your life by submitting content to the Journal. In your own words, help inform future generations about what life in Arizona is like during the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn more about the project here.
Accepting Nominations for the 2021 Humanities Awards
Help Us Honor Humanities Champions by Submitting Nominations

Due April 16, 2021

There's still time! Nominations for this year's Humanities Awards have been extended to April 16. Please be a part of recognizing the work and impact of humanities advocates!

Every year, Arizona Humanities celebrates the stellar contributions to the humanities through our Humanities Public Scholar Award, Friend of the Humanities Award, and Humanities Rising Star Award.

In addition to our traditional award categories, we are excited to announce our new Outstanding Speaker Award. This award will recognize a speaker who demonstrates popularity with attendees, communicates the importance of the humanities to a just society, and maintains a positive relationship with AZ Humanities.

Award nominations for all categories are welcome from organizations, institutions, community partners, and patrons of Arizona Humanities. Each nomination requires two (2) letters of recommendation. Click here to read the complete criteria for each award category and to begin the nomination process.

Help us honor humanities champions in the community by submitting a nomination today.

Submit your Nominations by April 16, 2021. 
Grant Opportunities
AZ Humanities Project Grants are Now Open

Arizona Humanities supports innovative, community-based public programs that use humanities disciplines to connect Arizonans to the cultures, peoples, and histories of the state and beyond. Project Grants are competitive grants supporting public programming in the humanities. Organizations may request up to $10,000 to support their program implementation.

The Intent to Apply Form is due May 3, 2021 with the full application due June 15, 2021. All applicants must complete an Intent to Apply form in order to access the full application.

Mini grants are small grants of up to $2,000 available year-round to support innovative public programs that increase understanding of the human experience. To learn more about both grant opportunities, please visit our website and read our Grant Guidelines. You can also register to attend our informational webinar on April 14. Questions should be directed to Grants Manager Samantha Anderson at
April Programs
Attend Virtual AZ Speaks Events

Virtual AZ Speaks are 60-90 minute presentations hosted by non-profits, libraries, educational institutions, and governmental and tribal entities to engage the public in humanities-based topics. Click below to learn more.

Unsettling Empathy: Working With Groups in Conflict with Björn Krondorfer April 1 at 5:30 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Mohave Community College-Lake Havasu Library.

April 5 at 10 AM MST | Co-Hosted by Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

April 5 at 6 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Glendale Public Library.

April 8 at 3 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Buckeye Public Library

April 9 at 2 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Pinal County Historical Society Museum

April 13 at 1:30 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Arizona Western College Honors Program

April 14 at 11 AM MST | Co-Hosted by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission

April 15 at 5:30 PM MST Co-Hosted by Mohave Community College-Lake Havasu City

April 20 at 2 PM MST | Co-hosted by the Coolidge Public Library

April 24 at 2 PM MST Co-Hosted by Old Trails Museum/Winslow Historical Society

Are you a non-profit, library, educational institution or governmental and tribal entity interested in hosting a program?

Visit our website to learn more about our exciting new list of topics. We can help you cross-market these programs to the public. 
To schedule a program or to learn more, contact Missy Shackelford at or call (602) 257-0335 x26.
Attend Virtual Frank Talks

Challenging times have sparked the need for community conversations about systemic racism, implicit bias, civil rights, the history of policing, and much more. FRANK Talks span 90-minutes and are highly interactive. The purpose is to connect people to one another to discuss current events. Click below to learn more about this month's talks and to register.

White Allies: Be the Change with Rory Gilbert 
April 6 at 6 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Glendale Public Library

April 8 at 3 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Tolleson Public Library

April 14 at 11 AM MST | Co-Hosted by Maricopa County Library District - Southeast Regional Branch

April 17 at 11 AM MST Co-Hosted by Yuma County Main Library and sponsored by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

Humanities Programs in the Community
Biographies of Land and Water: a Three-Part Series

The American West is a region as rife with history as it is with life itself. From the Indigenous tribes who've lived in San Xavier for centuries, to the Gila River flowing across states bringing sustenance to the southern desert, and the law of the land after America's expansion into what was once Mexico, you can learn about it all at these three events:

Stories from the Archive, Stories from the (Irrigated) Field: Natural Resources and the Legacies of Old Spanish Law in the American West | April 6 at 4:00 PM MST
Learn more here.

The Gila: River of History | April 20 at 4:00 PM MST
Learn more here.

History of Land and Water in San Xavier | April 26 at 4:00 PM MST
Learn more here.
What is cyberSW? The Potential of Massive Databases for Future Preservation Archaeology Research

April 6 at 6:00 PM MST

Join Archaeology Southwest and Joshua Watts as they discuss cyberSW, a new data-based approach to the Southwest's rich archaeological history. The cyberSW initiative is in collaboration with the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, UC Boulder, and Archaeology Southwest. Learn more here
Literature for Justice: Art In and Of the Carceral State

April 7 at 6:00 PM MST

In its third and final year, the National Book Foundation's Literature for Justice program continues to offer literature as a vehicle for conversations on the topic of mass incarceration, partnering with the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands to present a two-part virtual series to dig deeper into titles selected for this year's reading list. Join writer and curator Nicole R. Fleetwood and scholar Sarah Haley for a discussion on the convergences and divergences of academia, archives, and art in the carceral system. Learn more here.
4th Arizona Women's History Symposium Arizona Women: Our History, Our Vote, Our Democracy

April 9 at 9:00 AM MST and April 10 at 9:00 AM MST

The Arizona Women's History Alliance is excited to be hosting our fourth symposium on Women's History celebrating women's battle for the vote, and ongoing contributions to democracy. From questions of women's challenges to suffrage, different prejudices they've faced, the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, and much more will all be addressed by the end of the program. Learn more here.
Sharing an Ear of Corn: An Archaeologist's Perspective on the Role of Food in Community Collaborations

April 19 at 7:00 PM MST

Collaborations, especially with descendent communities, have become an important and vibrant component of archaeological projects. Engagement with community members commonly occurs during the fieldwork and analysis components of a project. What happens when the project is completed? How can archaeologists maintain connections with their community partners, especially in contexts where substantial distances separate them? Learn more here.
Humanities Across the Nation
NEH Receives $135 Million to Distribute to Cultural Institutions Affected by the Pandemic

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will receive $135 million in supplemental funding to assist humanities organizations and other cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus pandemic as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law today by President Joseph R. Biden. Learn more here.
Thank You to Our March Donors

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Robert Federoff
Karl Kendall*
Andrew Krahe*
Debbie Nez-Manuel*
Eshé Pickett*
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Jana D Selk
Crys Waddell*
American Online Giving Foundation, Inc.
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Humanities Now is published monthly by Arizona Humanities.

About Arizona Humanities
Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote the understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona.

Arizona Humanities builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.

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