December 2017

It has been a great year!

We have seen you at programs across Arizona, at poetry readings, film discussions, and author's talks. We've met families and children enjoying ghost stories, free books and storytelling. We've listened as you shared your experiences and opinions at FRANK Talks. Together we have learned about our histories and the world around us. It has been a great year, and next year will be even better with your help. Your support matters. Give today.

From left to right: Claudia Kaercher at the Arizona Humanities Awards, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History film screening and discussion in Casa Grande, author Rodo Sofranac at Hop, Skip & Jump into Reading, Dr. Alan Eladio Gómez signs books, Brenda Thomson and festive crowd at the Ellis-Shackelford House 100th birthday party, and attendees discuss education policy at the Author + Talk with Dr. Angelina Castagno.
Apply to serve on the Grants Review Panel

Arizona Humanities seeks public humanities scholars interested in serving on our grants review panel. The grant review panel meets twice a year in February and August. Selected scholars will join Arizona Humanities board members in reviewing Project Grant applications. The panel convenes for a full day meeting to review and issue grant award recommendations.

Mark your calendar for 2018 NEH grant opportunities

As 2017 comes to an end, now is a great time to review opportunities from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Review the eligibility, requirements and deadlines for different grant types. Some of the grants include:  summer seminars and institutes for educators, the public scholar program, and preservation assistance for organizations. 

Grantee Highlight: Archaeology Café 

Archaeology Cafe is a longstanding program from Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization that fosters "meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguards its irreplaceable resources." These unique and lively programs take place in Phoenix and Tucson where attendees explore and reflect on the depth and breadth of the human experience with presentations by humanities scholars. The Tucson programs take place at The Loft Cinema, and the Phoenix programs take place at Changing Hands Bookstore Phoenix each month through May 2018. If you can't make it to the programs, check out the Archaeology Southwest YouTube channel the watch the video recordings.

Reclaiming History series engages City of Surprise youth and community members

The Reclaiming History project is a youth-led series of community
engagements that explore and celebrate experiences within Latinx &
LGBTQ+ culture. All  are welcome to attend free programs, participate in group discussions, documentary screenings, and poetry readings facilitated by local scholars, artists, and community organizers each month  at the Surprise Senior Center. 

Schedule your spring AZ Speaks and FRANK Talks today

Speaker R. Casey Davis in Lake Havasu City
The AZ Speaks program offers humanities scholars who travel to rural and urban libraries, museums, schools, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona. AZ Speaks is a very popular program and delivers 200+ presentations each year at over 100 locations. Over 170 AZ Speaks programs have already been booked for this upcoming year. Don't delay. Schedule programs now, as funding is limited. Check out new speakers and topics highlighted on our website. 

FRANK Talks are thought-provoking, expert-facilitated discussions on important issues facing our communities.  Please note that the following topics will no longer be available after March 31, 2018.
  • Energy in an Uncertain World
  • Local Democracy and Politics in Education: Does it help or hinder student achievement?
  • Immigrants and the American Dream: We the People Today and Tomorrow
  • Securing the Borders and Stopping Terrorism: A Constitutional Framework
This program is FREE for Arizona libraries. If you would like your library to host a FRANK Talks, share this flyer with your librarian . Stay tuned for April-October topics.

December program highlights

Take a road trip and check out humanities programs across Arizona. The events calendar is updated weekly.

FRANK Talks: The Impact of Fake News in the Real World 
Tuesday, December 19
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Southeast Regional Library
775 N Greenfield Rd - Gilbert, AZ 85234
Learn more
Arizona's Wild Myths and Legends with Jim Turner
Monday, December 11
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Church of the Nazarene
55 Rojo Dr - Sedona, AZ 86351
Learn more
Hopi Quilting Traditions with Carolyn O'Bagy Davis
Wednesday, December 20
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Joyner-Green Valley Library
601 N. La Canada Drive - Green Valley, AZ 85614
Learn more
Climate and Moral Responsibility in Arizona with Matthew Goodwin
Tuesday, December 12
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Copper Queen Library
6 Main St. - Bisbee, AZ 85603
Learn more

Phoenix Trolley Museum is moving

For forty years the Phoenix Trolley Museum has 
resided  at 25 W. Culver St. next to Arizona Humanities at the Ellis-Shackelford House. Beloved by the neighborhood and local community, it has preserved an important piece of 20th century transportation history. In the past  miles of trolley track covered Phoenix city streets. T he Phoenix Trolley Museum will move to a new location on Grand Avenue and 12th Avenue.
Learn more about the Phoenix Trolley Museum.
Thank you to our November supporters

Benevity/Ann-Marie Lee
Roberta and Robert Buchanan
Tina Clark*
Julie Codell*
Dana Jamison*
Karl Kendall*
Eve Krahe*
Jean Luce
Mary Lu Nunley*
Claire Sargent
Dianna Soe Myint*
Patricia White
Emerson Yearwood*

*current Board Member
The Social Buzz

A few popular  articles  from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know!  
  • Dark Sky Places: A Bright Idea via Southwest Folklife
  • The 10 Best Books of 2017 via NY Times
  • Preserving A Piece Of African-American Military History In Arizona via KJZZ
  • Why philosophy is so important in science education via Aeon
  • Philosophy matters in medicine via Bio Med Central
Important Dates
  • December 25 - Christmas Day Office Closed
  • January 1 - New Year's Day Office Closed 
About Arizona Humanities

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

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

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