Humanities Now
January 2021
Calvin C. Goode
One Good Thing
I find myself in the New Year thinking about the past instead of the future. There were so many challenges. And yet people stepped up. They learned to work from home. Teachers taught children inside and outside of classrooms. Bus drivers delivered lunches and books on school buses, so that minds and bellies could still be full. First responders and health care workers took care of everyone that they could in the never-ending pandemic marathon. People collected and distributed clothes, food, blankets and medicine to people all across Arizona, in cities and on reservations. People voted. These things could not be possible were it not for the contributions of those who came before us, people like Calvin C. Goode. Goode was a champion of civil rights his entire life. He worked to fight discrimination so that people could have access to fair housing, jobs, pay, and an education in Arizona. Goode served "a record 22 consecutive years" on the Phoenix City Council. He passed away on December 23 at the age of 93 years. I am deeply saddened by his passing, but grateful for the foundation that he built. His legacy is a lesson for all of us. Do not be discouraged when you encounter obstacles. Do one good thing. Help someone, teach someone, listen to someone, care for someone, stand for something that matters. Do one good thing to make this world a better place.
You can donate to the George Washington Carver Museum restoration fund in his name at
Virtual Service Only (no in-person service)
Tuesday, January 12 at 10:00 AM
via Zoom | Click here to access the link on the day of the service

You can donate to the George Washington Carver Museum restoration fund in his name here:
Brenda Thomson
Executive Director
Arizona Humanities is Hiring

AZ Humanities is seeking a full-time Programs Manager and a full-time Marketing and Communications Manager. We are looking for tech-savvy individuals who are passionate about the humanities and who share our enthusiasm for creating a just and civil society. Applications due January 25, 2021.
Programs Manager
Arizona Humanities seeks a talented manger to join our team. This is a senior position for someone with demonstrated programs experience, creativity and enthusiasm for the humanities. Our programs reflect the diversity of the patrons we serve, and the institutions we support through grants. Arizona Humanities is committed to professionalism, equity, access and inclusion in all that we do. Click here for a PDF of the job description or visit to learn more.

Arizona Humanities seeks a creative manager to join our team. This is a senior position for someone with outstanding communications and social media skills, familiar with cloud technology and virtual platforms. Arizona Humanities communications are critical to successful outreach to and engagement with the diverse patrons and organizations we serve. Arizona Humanities is committed to professionalism, equity, access and inclusion in all that we do. Click here for a PDF of the job description or visit to learn more.

Benefits include health insurance, retirement plan, observance of federal holidays, and paid time off. Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Brenda Thomson, Executive Director at jobs@azhumanities.orgPosition open until filled. Applications due by January 25, 2021.
January Programs
AZ Speaks Programs are Now Virtual

Virtual AZ Speaks programs are hosted by AZ Speakers and local libraries and museums, and span between 60 and 90 minutes. The program is a great way for non-profits, libraries, educational institutions, governmental and tribal entities to engage in humanities-based programs. Click below to learn more about this month's programs and to register.

January 11 at 2:30 PM | Hosted by Arizona Senior Academy

January 14 at 2:00 PM | Hosted by Coolidge Library

January 15 at 2:00 PM | Hosted by Pinal County Historical Society Museum
Lives of Arizonans from Memoirs and Fiction with Jim Turner

January 15 at 3:00 PM | Hosted by Prescott Valley Public Library

January 19 at 2:30 PM | Hosted by Apache Junction Library

January 26 at 2:30 PM | Hosted by Apache Junction Library

Are you a library 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 x29.
Attend a Virtual FRANK Talk 

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.

January 12 at 6:00 PM | Hosted by Glendale Public Library

January 13 at 1:00 PM | Hosted by Desert Foothills Library

January 25 at 3:00 PM | Hosted by Camp Verde Community Library
Humanities Programs in the Community
Voices & Votes Exhibition Arrives at Camp Verde Community Library

Camp Verde Community Library in partnership with League of Women Voters of Greater Verde Valley has been chosen by the AZ Humanities Council to host Voices and Votes: Democracy in America as part of the Museum on Main Street program-a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America explores the action, reaction, vision, and revision that democracy demands as Americans continue to question how to shape the country. From revolution and suffrage, to civil rights and casting ballots, everyone in every community is part of this ever-evolving story - the story of democracy in America. Learn more about the exhibition here.
Joy Harjo
Natasha Trethewey

January 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM MST via ZOOM

The act of reading or writing a poem are both ways of remembering and manifesting the world we want to live in. Joy Harjo and Natasha Trethewey have both built their lives in language-the intimate and personal language they carry to their pages and the language we receive when we arrive at their pages, built at least partly of poems. Join The Center for Imagination and the Borderlands as these two Poet Laureates of the United States talk the energy, imagination, and power of poetry. To learn more and to register, click here.
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing Receives NEH Big Read Grant

Drawing inspiration from Louise Erdrich's The Round House, the Piper Center will be organizing a dynamic and extensive line-up of interconnected performances, workshops, and other conversations celebrating Indigenous culture and literary arts in March 2021.

Programs include keynote reading and discussion with poet Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), a Diné poetry reading curated by Jake Skeets (Diné), a series of oral history and scanning workshops with the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and local poet Amber McCrary (Diné), a storytelling event organized by Liz Warren of South Mountain Community College, a panel reconvening members of the HB2570 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women committee with State Representative Jennifer Jermaine, literary salons, writing workshops, reading groups, tours, and more. 

Learn more about the initiative here or download the press release here.
New Year, New Events from the Arizona Historical Society

Preserving the Past: How to Care For Your Family Photographs 
Thursday, January 14
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Online Event

Do you have historic photographs, albums, or negatives that you don't know what to do with? This one-hour workshop will help you identify the different types of photography in your collection and the ways to best care for and preserve those memories. Suggested donation is $10. To register, click here
Current State: A Conversation with Thomas "Breeze" Marcus
Thursday, January 21
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Online Event

Join artist Thomas "Breeze" Marcus for a presentation and Q&A about the exhibit Current State, a collection of works that explore Breeze's personal experiences and identity as a part of the Akimel and Tohono O'odham communities. Suggested donation is $10. Click here to register.
Arizona Jewish Historical Society Presents its January Programs

A Child of Holocaust Survivors
Friday, January 29th, at 10AM
Guest Speaker: William Steen

William Steen, also known as Willy, was born after World War II, in 1948 in Brussels, Belgium. He has an older sister, Cita, born in Varon (near Grenoble, France) in 1943, as well as two brothers, named David & Harry, whom were also born in Brussels in 1946 and 1947, respectfully. William lived a normal life after immigrating to Montreal, Canada in 1951. He went on to graduate from McGill University, where he majored in Mathematics and Physics, which led him to become a Chartered Accountant (CPA) in a public practice for many years. He grew up to live a life that matters, marrying Sylvie, Tel Aviv (born in Romania) and having three children, Nomi, Ady and Oren. To date, Willy is a snowbird of Scottsdale, lives in Toronto, Canada, and has 6 grandchildren with one on the way. However, Willy is a child of Holocaust survivors and will share his parent's emotional stories of survival.

To learn about more programs at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, click here
Humanities Across the Nation

NEH Announces $33 Million for 213 Humanities Projects Nationwide

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $32.8 million in grants to support 213 humanities projects in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These grants will safeguard extensive collections on Appalachian history at Kentucky's Appalshop archives, enable production of an interactive timeline of African-American music at Carnegie Hall, and support the use of multispectral imaging and X-ray spectroscopy on archaeological objects to better understand color in the ancient world. 

"As we conclude an extremely difficult year for our nation and its cultural institutions, it is heartening to see so many excellent projects being undertaken by humanities scholars, researchers, curators, and educators," said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. 

Click here to learn more.
Thank You to our November Donors
Betsey  Bayless
Ronna & Frederic Beeson in Memory of Carol Walsh
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Judy & Jim Walsh
Thomas H. Wilson
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