Humanities Now -  January 2019
Water/Ways Opens in Sierra Vista Saturday, January 12

San Pedro River courtesy Bob Hermann

The City of Sierra Vista is nestled near the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona. It benefits from the mountain watershed, nearby natural springs, and the San Pedro River to the east, which all provide water to the community. The area's access to water was critical to the establishment of Fort Huachuca in 1877. Founded originally to serve the fort, Sierra Vista grew as residents established  mercantile shops, saloons, and hotels. Sierra Vista is now the largest city in Cochise County. Join us as we celebrate the opening of Water/Ways at the City of Sierra Vista's Henry F. Hauser Museum this Saturday, January 12! Water/Ways and Sierra Vista's local exhibit Changing Landscapes will run through February 25, 2019.

January 12 - February 25, 2019
City of Sierra Vista's Henry F. Hauser Museum
2950 E. Tacoma St. - Sierra Vista, AZ - 520-439-2306
Monday-Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

During the Water/Ways exhibit, Sierra Vista will offer an array of programs, including: lectures, river walks, a Quilt Show, Rain Chain Workshop, and more.

Visit the Water/Ways website for more information about all Sierra Programs.

Saturday, January 12
Sierra Vista Water/Ways Grand Opening 
Henry F. Hauser Museum (2950 East Tacoma Street)
1:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
1:30-3:30 p.m. Exhibit Open to the Public

Tuesday, January 8
Whose Fault is it? Revisiting the 1887 Sonoran Earthquake
Henry F. Hauser Museum (2950 East Tacoma Street)
1:00 p.m.

Friday, January 18
Stacks After Dark - Water Panel Discussion
A Conversation About Water Resources, Use, and Management in the Upper San Pedro River Valley
Sierra Vista Public Library (2600 East Tacoma St.)
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 26
San Pedro River Tour
San Pedro House (Hwy 90 East)
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 26 
Hydrology and Water Resources 101 with Victoria Hermosilla
Ethel H. Berger Center (2950 East Tacoma St.)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 2 - Sunday, February 3 
Quilt Show - A Sierra Vista Water/Ways Special Quilt Exhibit
Buena High School (5525 E. Buena School Blvd.)

Saturday, February 2
Slow the H2O - Rain Chains Workshop for Kids & Adults
Ethel H. Berger Center (2950 East Tacoma St.)

Tuesday, February 5 
Water in Arizona: Past, Present, Future with Dr. Paul Hirt
Henry F. Hauser Museum - Ethel H. Berger Center (2950 East Tacoma St.)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Thank you to the Water/Ways Arizona Sponsors! Premier Sponsor Salt River Project and additional sponsors Nestlé Waters North America, the American Slavic Association, and Chaos RX Optics.
Grantee Hightlight: Riders on the Orphan Train Arizona Tour Visits Globe, Camp Verde, Clifton, and Coolidge

Courtesy Riders on the Orphan Train

Do you know the story of the largest child migration in U.S. history?  Between 1854 and 1929 over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out o f New York City and given away at train stations across America.   The Orphan Trains-Foundlings to the Frontier  program informs and entertains audiences of all ages about the little-known chapter in history. Led by Author and Humanities Scholar Alison Moore and Musician and Presenter Phil Lancaster, these programs incorporate live music, storytelling, video interviews, and a discussion. The programs are free and family-friendly.

Friday, January 11
7:00 p.m.
High Desert Middle School Auditorium
4000 High Desert Dr 
Globe, AZ 85501

Thursday, February 7
5:30 p.m.
Coolidge Public Library
160 W. Central Avenue
Coolidge, AZ 8512

Tuesday, January 22
6:00 p.m.
Camp Verde Public Library
130 Black Bridge Lp Rd
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Saturday, February 9
2:00 p.m.
Clifton Public Library
588 Turner Ave
Clifton, AZ 85533
Learn about the FRANK Talks Program for Arizona Libraries: Webinar on January 10

FRANK Talk at the Glendale Public Library

Join Arizona Humanities,  Librarian  Sarah Herlache from Glendale 's Foothills Library, FRANK Talks Facilitator Dr. Jennifer Richter, and Donna Throckmorton from the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records for an informative webinar to learn more about FRANK Talks

FRANK Talks  are interactive conversations on ideas that matter. FRANK Talks encourage participants to weigh facts, provide the opportunity to put them in context, and consider different points of view on important issues that affect our communities. Join us to learn about our current topics and how to apply for a  FREE program at your library!

Thursday, January 10, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Explore Literary Landscapes with Writers Keeonna Harris and Saretta Morgan on January 28

Literary Landscapes is a public reading and conversation with Keeonna Harris & Saretta Morgan. Join us for the evening as these writers share new work at the intersections of incarceration, intimacy, and indigenous erasure in the borderlands of Arizona. Conversation and audience Q&A to follow.

Monday, January 28
Arizona Humanities (1242 N. Central Ave.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Click here for more info and to RSVP through Eventbrite.

Literary Landscapes brings together emerging and renowned writers to share their work and interrogate how the landscapes and culturescapes of Arizona shape our emotional and interpersonal lives.
Experience Arizona: Land of the Water Haves and Water Have-nots with Sarah Porter in Yuma January 30

"Water certainty," that is, a resilient, long-term water supply, is crucial to our prosperity and quality of life. Yet, some communities in the state lack water certainty. These communities may be extra vulnerable to shortages. They may lack access to water for basic needs. And they have little control over the stewardship of their water resources. Sarah Porter from the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy will discuss the underpinnings of water uncertainty and policy reforms to address the problem.

Wednesday, January 30
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul's Cultural Center
645 S. 2nd Ave.
Yuma, AZ 85364

In partnership with the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area

Click here to RSVP through Eventbrite.
Important AZ Speaks Updates for the New Year

AZ Speaks presenter Deni Seymour

Host an AZ Speaks Program
Start the New Year with AZ Speaks programs for your organization. Don't delay in booking your Spring and Fall programs. Over 200 presentations have been booked so far, don't miss out on this popular program! Visit the AZ Speaks page to learn how to apply for a program.

Interested in becoming a speaker for our AZ Speaks program?
The time to apply as a speaker for the AZ Speaks program is almost here! More information about the application process is coming soon. In the meantime, please check out our current AZ Speaks catalog to see the topics we currently offer to inspire your topic proposals. Please sign up in the link below to share your contact information and we will contact you when the application becomes available. Thank for your interest and stay tuned!

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Two Projects Receive NEH Grants

San Xavier del Bac via Flickr Commons
Congratulations to National Endowment for the Humanities Arizona grant recipients Patronato San Xavier and the The University of Arizona! 

The $5,997 grant to Patronato San Xavier will support a preservation assessment of the metal bells at San Xavier del Bac Mission, a National Historic Landmark located on the Tohono O'odham Nation.  The current church at San Xavier was built between 1783 and 1797 and is the oldest European-designed building in Arizona. 

The  $75,000 grant to UofA will support the development of image-to-text conversion for Pashto and Traditional Chinese languages through use of a  software prototype for an open-source global language and culture databank.

January NEH Regional Writing Workshop Postponed

Due to the partial government shutdown, the regional January 17-18 NEH grant workshop is postponed. Once the shutdown has ended, a new date for the workshop will be scheduled.

For updates or to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Carrie Stusse with U of A Research, Discovery & Innovation.

Phone: 520-621-1105
NEH News and Other Opportunities

Please note: The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency and is currently shut down due to the federal government closure. Information about the following opportunities will be updated when NEH resumes its operations.

American History and Culture Workshops, Summer Seminars, and Institutes
NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for K-12 educators and higher education faculty to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends are available to help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs. Topics include: U.S. History, Literature, Religion, and History. Deadline is March 1, 2019. Learn more about NEH Summer Programs.

Research grant opportunities with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Upcoming deadlines include: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections ( Link), Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions ( Link), and more.  Read more about all NEH grants.

Join the National Humanities Alliance in Washington, D.C. to advocate for the humanities March 10-12, 2019. Connect with humanities advocates, explore approaches to advocacy on college campuses and in local communities, and prepare for Capitol Hill visits. Learn more about Humanities Advocacy Day.

Archives Summit

2019 Annual Archives Summit January 24 and 25, 2019
Tempe History Museum (809 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ)
For more information, contact Dennis Preisler at or 602-926-3720.
Highlighted January Programs

Explore more programs on our website calendar.

FRANK Talks - Crime, Punishment, and Prisons in America
Thursday, January 10
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Coolidge Public Library
160 W. Central Avenue
Coolidge, AZ 85128
FRANK Talks - Energy in an Uncertain World
Saturday, January 12
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
John Wesley Powell: Into the Great Unknown 
Tuesday, January 22
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library
1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Coming Home to a Place You've Never Been Before
Friday, January 25
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library
449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
The Social Buzz 

A few popular articles from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know! 
  • 10 tips for first-time authors via ASU Now
  • Can tech and the humanities exist side by side? Can they afford not to? via Washington Post
  • U.S. Groundwater in Peril: Potable Supply Less Than Thought via UA News
  • Appreciating the 'powerful good' of the public library via PBS News Hour
Thank you to our December Donors

Ernesto Abeytia
Judy Ankenbrandt
Betsey Bayless
Erik and Shay Berg
David C. Berliner
Ryan Bruce*
Vincent Bruno
Michael and Ricki Cantor
Carol and John Clemency
Julie Codell*
Malcolm Compitello
Robert W. Crawford
Allen Dart
Steven Davis
John L. Doty
Wendy B. Drew
Marilyn Duerbeck
Sharon A. Friedman
Jill Ginsburg
Jo Ann Handley
Gary L. Hanneman
Sharon Hoblit
Emily and William Jaeger
Karl Kendall*
Eve Krahe*
Marcia Lott
F. Ellen Martin
Liz and Ramon Montes
Roger and Vivian Mueller
Lynette and Paul Murphy
Thomas Nakayama
Mary Lu Nunley*
Martha Prumers
Albert M. Quihuis
Wayne Ranney
Susan and Michael Rohrbach
Claire K. Sargent
William Scales
Debora Schwartz
Dan Shilling
Maire Simington
Nancy Splain
Thomasita Taylor
Laura Tohe
Elaine W. Warner
Annie Waters
Jean and Ed Womack
Drexel G. Woodson
Emerson Yearwood*

Tribute Donations
Barbara Hatch - In honor of Veterans Heritage Project
Christine Marin  - In memory of Lupe and Eulalia Marin of Globe, AZ
Jane Rosenbaum - In honor of Brenda Thomson for her excellent leadership at AZ Humanities

*Arizona Humanities Board Member
Important Dates
  • Postponed (January 17-18 NEH Workshop Tucson)
  • January 21 (Office Closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
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Barbara Hatch In honor of Veterans Heritage Project
Christine Marin In memory of Lupe and Eulalia Marin of Globe, AZ
Jane Rosenbaum In honor of Brenda Thomson for her excellent leadership at AZ Humanities