Humanities Now
August 2019
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen accepting Humanities Public Scholar Award on behalf of Natalie Diaz  

Rachel Egboro receiving the Humanities Rising Star Award

Arizona Humanities is seeking nominations for for our 2020 Humanities Awards. I f you know of a community member whose contributions deserve recognition, now is your chance to let their star shine.

Click here to view the  2020 Nomination Guidelines

Awards will be given in three categories:

The Humanities Rising Star Award.

Submit your nominations by Monday, September 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the awards, visit
Arizona Humanities is debuting several new topics for our FRANK Talks program. The new topics are:

What are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

American Native: Native American

Colors - The History and Life of LGBTQ America

Check out these popular community conversations at a library near you. FRANK Talks are free, thought-provoking discussions on important issues facing our communities produced in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records. Please visit the website for a complete listing of  FRANK Talk topics available.

Image courtesy of the University of Arizona
to present lectures on topics such as philanthropy, modern lessons from ancient philosophy, reimagining urban space, the #MeToo movement's impact on religion, and the 100th anniversary of the German art movement Bauhaus.

The festival will feature author and poet Sandra Cisneros. Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist, whose latest work is the bilingual chapbook Puro Amor, featuring her own illustrations. Her classic, coming-of-age novel, The House on Mango Street, has sold over six million copies. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship. Cisneros is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.  

Cisneros will give a reading from her latest work, Puro Amor, on October 25th at the Student Union Grand Ballroom on the University of Arizona campus.

Tickets for the event will be available of August 26th
More details to come.

Free Admission
Tuesday, August 23

7:00pm - 9:00p   
Northern Arizona University
Cline Library Assembly Hall
1001 S Knoles Dr, Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Arizona Humanities invites you to experience a new (or rather centuries old) perspective of the Grand Canyon in " Hualapai and the Grand Canyon," presented as part of of the Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Lecture Series.

The Hualapai people have lived in and around the Colorado River and Grand Canyon region for countless generations. Loretta Jackson-Kelly, Carrie Cannon, Ka-Voka Jackson, and Peter Bungart will provide a glimpse of Hualapai history and culture; ethnobotanical resources; research on springs; and an overview of the Hualapai cultural landscape in the canyon. 
For inquiries, please contact Kathleen Schmand at or call (928) 523-0341.
Arizona Humanities Welcomes Chris Wells
Arizona Humanities welcomes Christopher Wells, Programs Manager, to the valley of the sun. Chris comes from Houston, Texas, where he worked for the Houston Museum of Natural Science for eight years. Chris majored in Anthropology, and minored in History at the University of Houston.  Chris worked in a variety of areas at the museum during his tenure, including programs and marketing and communications, and also actively engaged museum visitors in tours, and youth and adult education programs. We are looking forward to expanding program opportunities and outreach with Chris.  

Chris is excited to be in Arizona, and join the staff. "I'm thrilled that I've been given the opportunity to work for such an amazing institution. The folks I'll get to work with at Arizona Humanities are the daredevils of the humanities world. Like the the Air Force test pilots of the Space Race they break through barriers and expand the frontiers of cultural education further than ever before"

 Presentation by Weston C. McCool at the Water/Ways Symposium in Page, Arizona
Musical entertainment st the Water/Ways Symposium in Page, Arizona
The USGS booth at the Water/Ways Symposium in Page, Arizona.
The Glen Canyon Conservancy, where many of Page, Arizona's Water/Ways Programs were hosted.
The Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition wraps up its visit to Page, Arizona on August 11. The Carl Hayden Center at Glen Canyon Dam hosted the exhibit, as well as several programs that expanded on Water/Ways themes.

The town of Page has a unique relationship with water. The city originated as a workers' community during the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1957. To this day, the local economy relies mostly on Lake Powell, the Navajo Generating Station, and tourism.

Throughout the Month of July, visitors to the Water/Ways exhibition and complimentary programs were able to experience the unique flavor of the community's relationship with water through stories, songs, and science. 

Thursday, September 12
8AM - 12PM
Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium

The 3rd Annual Bilingual Business Conference will feature talks by leading bilingual business experts at no cost for multicultural business students, entrepreneurs, and professionals who are interested in learning more about the benefits of bilingualism, multiculturalism, and diversity as a tool to empower the economy, create deeper business connections, and expand cultural knowledge in today's workplace.

Arizona Humanities Executive Director Brenda Thomson will be featured at the event. Her presentation will highlight the importance of embracing linguistics and cultural diversity.

Humanities Happenings
National Humanities Conference Hotel Almost Sold Out!

The 2019 National Humanities Conference hotel room block at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is selling out fast. We anticipate that the majority of rooms and nights will be sold out by next week. A wait list and information regarding an overflow hotel will be distributed within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email
Application Deadline for
Growing Water Smart: Arizona Approaches

The  Sonoran Institute and Babbitt  Center for Land and Water Policy are seeking communities to participate in   

Historically, planing for water resources and land use have been conducted separately. Yet, where and how we build has impacts on water that nourishes our ecosystems and replenishes our supplies.

The  Growing Water Smart program introduces communities to the full range of communications, public engagement, planning and policy implementation tools to realize their watershed health and community resiliency goals

Deadline to  Submit application is  August 2nd
Upcoming Grant Deadlines

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)'s Division of Education Programs is offering a fifteen-month cooperative agreement to assess the state of, and best practices in, the teaching of American history, civics and government in k-12 education and to and to design and implement a national publicity strategy to the education community and general public.

Thank you to our July Donors

James Blasingame*
Thomas & Cinda Cole
Karl Kendall*
Mary Lu Nunley*
Emerson Yearwood*
Eve Krahe*

*Arizona Humanities Board Member
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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