Humanities Now
March 2020
AZ Humanities Happenings
Arizona Humanities Celebrates: Hands-on Humanities
Sunday, April 5 @ 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Heard Museum 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
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Come early for complementary access to the Heard

We are really excited about the upcoming awards program, and so pleased to honor these special people. First you should know that our awards program is very family friendly. The Heard Museum has indoor and outdoor spaces, and we will have areas where children can play and do crafts. In the lobby you will be able to meet grantees, and see the exciting work they do. There are great auction items and experiences to bid on, and great entertainment. Of course, the award winners are the true stars of the evening. They have really made us proud. They are unique, and all highly engaged with the public...hands-on, through their teaching, sharing and generosity. Read on to learn a little bit more about each of them in the weeks leading up to awards night April 5. Then join us for a fun-filled celebration of the humanities in Arizona!

The recipients of this year's awards are:
  • Paul Hirt, Dan Shilling Public Scholar Award
  • Aguila Youth Leadership Institute, Co-recipient, Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award
  • J.J. Lamb, Co-recipient, Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award
  • Rosaura Magaña, Humanities Rising Star Award
  • Judith Hardes, Outstanding Supporter Award
  • Karen O'Keefe, Founder's Community Partner Award
Space is limited. Purchase your tickets at or contact Missy Shackelford: or by phone 602-257-0336 x 29.
A Word From Some of Our Winners

Rosaura  Magaña:
"Receiving this award means so much to me and not because I always aspired to win it.  When you are doing the work there is no time to think and worry about if people are noticing, if you ' re being appreciated or sometimes even to reflect on everything you ' ve done. It warmed my heart to its core to know that people went out of their way to nominate me for such an award."
J.J. Lamb:
"Creating opportunities for community members of all ages to connect through history, heritage, preservation, and the arts is my passion. It is very humbling to be honored as a Friend of the Humanities, thank you. I am blessed to share this honor with my dedicated volunteers and partners in Vail, who make bringing history programs, student projects, participatory public art, oral history interviews, and even a documentary film "Voices of Vail," possible. Working together is a great joy as we discover the stories that surround us. Through stories we overcome barriers, build understanding, respect and meaningful connections to the place we call home."
Upcoming FRANK Talks

FRANK Talks  are interactive conversations on ideas that matter. Attendees discuss issues of local and national importance in local libraries at a 75-minute program. FRANK Talks encourage participants to weigh facts, provide the opportunity to put them in context, and consider different points of view. 

Free Speech: Can I Tell You How Much I Hate You?

Glendale - March 12 @2:00 - 3:00 pm

Glendale - March 18 @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Water in Arizona: Sustainability, Supply and Demand

Prescott Valley - March 24 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Water in Arizona: Sustainability, Supply and Demand

Green Valley - March 24 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Poetry Reading: Hanif Abdurraqib at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix
Wednesday, March 25 @7:00 pm
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
FREE Admission

We are proud to present Hanif Abdurraqib, a writer from the East side of Columbus, Ohio. Hanif will read from his latest books, Go Ahead In The Rain and A Fortune For Your Disaster After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and book signing.

Readings in Phoenix are presented in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Burton Barr Central Library and with support from the Literary & Prologue Society and  Superstition Review .  
10th Annual Human Rights Film Festival
Free Admission
Friday, April 4 - Sunday, April 12
Harkins Valley Art Theater
509 S Mill Ave, Tempe 85281

Join us for the 10th Annual Human Rights Film Festival. Conversations with fimmakers, activists, and scholars will follow most films .

This year's lineup:

Decriminalizing Mental Health 
Friday, April 10 @ 4:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Bedlam
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind
War, Refugees, and Resilience 

Saturday, April 11 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

  • For Sama
Gender Equality
Saturday, April 11 @ 1:00 - 4:00 pm 
  • Equal Means
  • ERA 101
Indigenous Rights, Just Transitions
Sunday, April 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Spears from all Sides
More Humanities Programs from our Friends and Affiliates
The Great Migration: Indiscernibles in Arizona
  Free Admission
January 10 - June 30
Stevens-Haustgen Heritage Gallery
622 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

This new Heritage Square exhibit explores Arizona's part in the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West from approximately 1915 to 1970. Mainstream narratives of the state have previously marginalized Black people and left out their stories, rendering them  indiscernible . This exhibit tells their story, exploring the search for new beginnings and financial opportunity, as well as the experiences of racism and isolation faced by both early migratory cotton pickers and newer residents. It provides a glimpse into the lives of ordinary Black Arizonans, celebrates the survival of their ancestors, and of their establishment of enduring and thriving communities in the Valley of the Sun.
Book Discussion:
Antisemitism: Here and Now
Free Admission
Thursday, March 19 @ 7:00 PM
122 E Culver St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left: from white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, to mainstream enablers of antisemitism such as Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, to a gay pride march in Chicago that expelled a group of women for carrying a Star of David banner.

Over the last decade there has been a noticeable uptick in antisemitic rhetoric and incidents by left-wing groups targeting Jewish students and Jewish organizations on American college campuses. And the reemergence of the white nationalist movement in America, complete with Nazi slogans and imagery, has been reminiscent of the horrific fascist displays of the 1930s. Throughout Europe, Jews have been attacked by terrorists, and some have been murdered.

Where is all this hatred coming from? Is there any significant difference between left-wing and right-wing antisemitism? What role has the anti-Zionist movement played? And what can be done to combat the latest manifestations of an ancient hatred? In a series of letters to an imagined college student and imagined colleague, both of whom are perplexed by this resurgence, acclaimed historian Deborah Lipstadt gives us her own superbly reasoned, brilliantly argued, and certain to be controversial responses to these troubling questions. Discussion led by Mark Sendrow, M.A.
March 19 @ 4:00 pm
University of Arizona Center for Art
1031 North Olive Rd, Tucson 85721

How does someone create when their only material is paper?

Recently-incarcerated artist Scott Gleason will join Celeste O'Brien of UA's Prison Education Project and UAMA Curator Olivia Miller for a panel discussion on the significance of prison education programs and the origins of the exhibition Hobby Craft: Artwork from the Arizona State Prison Complex .

This talk - part of the Spring 2020 Museum Lecture Series - is free and open to the public. Please arrive early to see the  Hobby Craft exhibit before the talk.
March 26 @ 6:00 pm
32333 East Speedway Blvd
Tucson 85716

This short narrative film, which screened at HBO's O.G. Experience in NYC, explores the pathways of girls and queer youth of color into the juvenile justice system. It uses gender and sexuality as a framework for understanding their rising rates of incarceration. Through the lead characters in this powerful triptych, we also come to understand the necessity of art and youth-led community spaces in their healing and liberation, as well as the power of story.

The screening will be followed by a conversation between writer/director Shontina Vernon - one of four women collaborators in the University of Arizona Museum of Art exhibition Other TARGET/s - and Dr. Stephanie Troutman.
Black Women Walking
Monday, March 30 @ 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Estrella Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center  3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale 85392
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Estrella Mountain Community College is delighted to celebrate Women's History Month by bringing Black Women Walking to the Performing Arts Center March 30. The award-winning, one-act play brings Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Marian Anderson, Wilma Rudolph, Bessie Coleman, Willie Mae Ford Smith, Fannie Lou Hamer, and others to life. These courageous Black heroines changed the course of American history.
The play - written by Karen F. Williams, writer, editor, and author with a diversified career in journalism and publishing - is seen through the eyes of three elderly women. By coming together and sharing the stories of these great women of history, they too become liberated and empowered. They stand tall, move with faith, and step out with courage, despite the limitations and frailties of their age.
Poetry in America: An Evening with Two Poet Laureates of the United States
Tuesday, April 7 @ 5:15 - 6:15 pm
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W Rio Salado, Tempe 85281
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Join the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands at Arizona State University for a reception and "Poetry in America: An Evening with Two Poet Laureates of the United States," on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Help us celebrate and honor Joy Harjo, the First Native Poet Laureate of the United States, and former Poet Laureate of the United States, Natasha Trethewey, through a reading and conversation about the power of poetry in uplifting and igniting our imaginations as we consider the "America" we live in as well as the "America" we want to live in. It will be a night of language and love.

6x6x2020 Accepting Submissions!
Deadline for submissions: April 11, 2020
Send Submissions to: Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, 137 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604

6x6 is an international phenomenon of thousands of artworks from all over the world and it's completely free to enter. Simply fill out an entry form and mail or deliver your 6-inch by 6-inch artwork to Rochester Contemporary Art Center by April 11, or postmarked April 10.

6x6 is hosted by Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), a small, non-profit art center in Rochester, NY! This annual exhibition 6x6, raises critical funds needed to pay artists, maintain our building and administer contemporary art programming to our community this coming year! With just one, simple artwork you can help our mission to provide unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists. Learn more about 6x6 at and on social media using #roco6x6 and @roco137.

Arizona Women's Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Celebration
Wednesday, April 29 @ 3:00 pm
AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park
1300 N College Ave, Tempe 85281
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Join Arizona Women's Hall of Fame for the 2020 Induction Celebration.  The Arizona Women's Hall of Fame was initiated in 1981 by the Office of the Governor and the Arizona Women's Commission to pay tribute to the remarkable women who have played a significant role in the history of this state.

This year's inductees are:
Living Legacies
Catherine Steele, Betsy Bayless, Michele Halyard, Jana Bommersbach, and Karrin Taylor Robson

Jean & Betty Fairfax, Pauline O'Neill, Carolyn Warner, and Gracia Liliana Fernandez

Upcoming Grants and Awards Deadlines
Applications Open! 2020 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has recently opened the application for its 2020 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. The national competition, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitizing collections of rare and unique content in collecting institutions.
Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for a single-institution project, or between $50,000 and $500,000 for a collaborative project, may be sought for projects beginning between January 1 and June 1, 2021.
The application process has two phases. The initial proposal round is open, and proposals are due by 11:59 pm Eastern time on March 31, 2020. The final proposal round is by invitation. Only those applicants whose initial proposals have been approved by the program's independent review panel will be able to submit a final proposal. Information for applicants, including a link to the online application form, is available at
We will be holding three webinars for prospective applicants:
  • Applicant Informational Webinar: Tuesday, January 28, 2:00 pm Eastern - recording now posted online
  • Q&A session: Thursday, February 13, 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Q&A session: February 26, 3:00 pm Eastern
Registration is required in advance for all three events. All webinars are recorded and shared online to the program's Applicant Resources page. 
Also feel free to email us with questions at any time:

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Application due June 30, 2020

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

2020 Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.  Here is your opportunity to help your community and get paid for your work

Earn Extra Income
Work Flexible Hours
Pay $17.50-$21.50

Clerical*Supervisory*Census Takers 
Thank you to our February Donors

James Blasingame*
Sherman Elliott
Karl Kendall*
Tanae Morrison*
Mary Lu Nunley*
Susan & Rodo Sofranac
Emerson Yearwood*

*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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