Students in a first grade classroom, Sidney, OH. From G is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America .

Ohio Humanities E-News
March 2018
Are the humanities relevant today? You bet.
If the list of Ohio Humanities funded programs seems pulled from the headlines of local, national and international news, it's no surprise. We take our commitment to bringing real conversations about real issues to all Ohioans seriously. Whether it's through a grant-sponsored program, an insightful article in Pathways magazine, or a Speakers Bureau event, the humanities help guide us in defining our individual beliefs, values, and aspirations.

Nevertheless, we could not know just how tragically timely the completion and public release of the documentary film G is for Gun: The Arming of America's Teachers would be. We are featuring it again in our "Grants Spotlight" section, and encourage you to attend the March 15 screening and panel discussion. Details are below.

Supporting great humanities programming all over Ohio.
Grants Spotlight: G is for Gun: The Arming of America's Teachers
Two filmmakers came to Ohio to explore one of the most controversial issues in education today: the arming of teachers in America.
This documentary was funded by an Ohio Humanities 2017 media grant. G is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America is the first documentary film of its kind to examine the rapidly growing, controversial trend of US schools to arm teachers. Through the story of the Sidney, Ohio, School Board's decision to arm a group of volunteer teachers, the film explores the tensions in the national debate and the tenuous state of public education. A wide range of viewpoints and experiences bring into focus the difficult choices many communities are struggling with today.
A preview screening of the film followed by a panel discussion will be held at ThinkTV (Dayton) on March 15 at 6pm. The panel will debate many of the larger contextual questions related to the arming of teachers, and will include scholars, educators, law enforcement officials, and politicians. This event and a related website were funded by a quarterly grant. Event details are HERE. Visit the website HERE.
"This documentary raises salient issues as we reflect on the role of guns in society and in schools," according to Ohio Humanities Executive Director Pat Williamsen. "Such a challenging topic invites careful consideration. Ohio Humanities was pleased to help support the documentary and its related programming." 

Upcoming Ohio Humanities-Sponsored Events
Don't miss these free events that spark real conversations about real issues across the state.

One Community Reads
Through April 17 Program details here.
Various scholars will lead rich and thoughtful conversations at libraries around Cuyahoga County on the topic of eviction and its effect on the community. Discussions aim to engage both the public and community leaders in a conversation about the impact of housing insecurity on the region. Conversations will be based on Matthew Desmond's book, Evicted, but it is not mandatory to read the book prior to program. 

Civil Conversations About Constitutional Matters
March 14, 7:00 p.m. Separation of Powers 
This roundtable discussion on separation of powers is part of Walsh University's Lifelong Learning Center's series of events about the US Constitution. 

What lessons did our framers learn which caused them to put the framework of separation of powers into our government? Are there activities which a branch of government can engage in without review? 

Dr. Laurence Bove, J. Dean Carro, J.D., and Rabbi John Spitzer will facilitate discussion on these topics. 

G is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America
Airing on ThinkTV beginning March 22. Schedule HERE.

G is for Gun is a thirty-minute documentary film exploring the highly controversial trend of armed faculty and staff in K-12 schools. The film follows a firearm-training program in Ohio designed to teach school staff to respond to an active shooter, and tells the story of one Ohio town divided by the decision to arm its teachers.

The Athens Asylum: 150 Years of a Healing Landscape
March 17 - December 31 Exhibit and program details HERE.

This exhibit is the centerpiece of the  Southeast Ohio History Center's 9-month commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Athens Asylum. The exhibit will focus on how healing, both medical and personal, was defined at the Athens Asylum in the past, and how the Athens community can bring healing to the Asylum landscape today.

12th Annual Ohioana Book Festival
April 14, 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Program details HERE.

Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 100 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year.

Visit the Ohio Humanities calendar page for more events!
Let us help you with your public humanities program!

Major Grants | $20,000 maximum
July 13, 2018
Draft submitted by June 13, 2018 for projects beginning after November 1, 2018. Questions? Contact David Merkowitz: 

Quarterly Grants | $5,000 maximum
June 15, 2018
Draft submitted by May 15, 2018 for projects beginning after Aug. 24, 2018.
Questions? Contact Robert Colby:

Monthly Grants | $2,000 maximum
Due the first business day of each month and at least eight weeks before the start date of the funded activity.  Questions? Contact Robert Colby:

Visit the   Ohio Humanities grants page for more information.
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History puts on a show.

Ohio Humanities presents Ohio Chautauqua 2018: Modern Legends
History has a way of catching up with us. The people who have lived within our lifetimes have now faded into memory. Some have become legends.
Ohio Chautauqua: Modern Legends features the stories of Robert F. Kennedy, Erma Bombeck, Cesar Chavez, Benjamin O. Davis Jr., and Betty Friedan--mid-twentieth century persons who left a larger-than-life imprint on the American psyche.

Ohio Chautauqua 2018 Tour
Attend an evening performance or daytime program at these tour stops:

Piqua: June 5-9 
Gallipolis: June 12-16
Rossford: June 19-23
New Richmond: June 26-30
Find out more about Ohio Chautauqua!
Real conversations about real issues in print and online.

Pathways Spring 2018
Pathways magazine is Ohio Humanities' flagship publication. Each issue delivers a humanities perspective on issues that affect the lives and engage the minds of Ohioans. By delivering richly illustrated and timely articles, Pathways helps Ohioans interpret the past, imagine the future, and define individual values.  

Spring 2018 brings our travel issue. "Wander Ohio" examines ways of travelling that help you open doors and build connections to the places you visit. Ohio offers many opportunities to get to know a place, its history, and its people--and ultimately get to know a little more about yourself. 

Find the latest issue of  Pathways   HERE !
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Bringing the humanities to your town.
Upcoming Speakers Bureau Events


March 1, 6:30 p.m.
Canalway Visitor Center, Cuyahoga Heights

March 7, 6:00 p.m.
Sandusky Library

March 14, 7:00 p.m.
The Barn at Stratford, Delaware

March 28, 1:00 p.m.
Griswold Center, Columbus

March 29, 6:30 p.m.
Barberton Public Library

March 31, 2:00 p.m.
Warren-Trumbull County Public Library

Mindy McGinnis "The Dirt Behind Not A Drop To Drink"
March 31, 2:00 p.m.
Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library


April 11, 7:00 p.m.
Athens Public Library

John Fazio "The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln"
April 12, 6:30 p.m.
Dover Public Library

Cathy Nelson "A History of the Underground Railroad"
April 14, 2:00 p.m.
Warren-Trumbull County Public Library

Mindy McGinnis "Blood, Brains, and Lobotomies"
April 19, 6:00 p.m.
Southeast Ohio History Center, Athens

Ric Sheffield "The Community Within: Discovering African American History in Rural Ohio"
April 21, 2:00 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Dayton

Susan Talbot-Stanaway "WWI Posters: For the Hearts and Minds of Ordinary People"
April 26, 11:30 a.m.
Fairfield County District Library, Lancaster

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