October 2017

October is National Arts and Humanities Month!

Explore, share, and experience the humanities this October! Our eNews is filled with news, grants announcements, and programs taking place all across Arizona.Thank you for reading and visit our calendar to see upcoming programs.

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Arizona Humanities welcomes two new board members

Congratulations to Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand and Dr. Eve Krahe!

Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand is Dean of the College of Humanities, Professor of French, Honors College Distinguished Fellow, and affiliated faculty in Africana Studies, Latin American Studies and LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. His research interests include French and Brazilian literatures, French Cinema, Hip-Hop, and the promotion of the Humanities disciplines in the professions. 

A signature program at the University of Arizona College of Humanities is the annual  Tucson Humanities Festival  taking place October 3-November 7 -  check out the article in UA News  for all programming and events.

Dr. Eve Krahe is the Dean of Graduate Programs, School of Health Services Administration, College of Health Professionals for the University of Phoenix. Krahe's research includes philosophy of science, and theories of anarchy and individualism as ways to prime the brain for collaboration, innovation, and embracing complexity. She explores effective pedagogies for teaching and designing curricula around these areas. Krahe's current research seeks to examine closely the healthcare theories and philosophies of science that underpin the creation and sustaining of health and healing systems. Read more about Dr. Eve Krahe.
Noche en Blanco to benefit the future of Hance Park 

On Saturday, October 28th you are invited to  the second annual Noche en Blanco in Hance Park. Inspired by a similar "dinner in white" which began in Paris 30 years ago, Noche en Blanco has a character unique to Phoenix. Guests arrive dressed all in white and experience an evening dining under the stars. This fun, elegant event will feature live music and dancing.  Arizona Humanities is located next to Hance Park, which many people know as the park over the I-10 Deck Park Tunnel. As a member of the Hance Park Conservancy, we support the work of this vibrant urban park.
Water/Ways Host Site Training comes to Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona

Water/Ways host site representatives at the Amerind Museum

Last weekend, representatives from all twelve host sites for the Smithsonian exhibit Water/Ways attended a training at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. Thank you to Carol Harsh from the Smithsonian for joining the training, as well as our Arizona Water/Ways partner, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.  Thank you to Kristine Navarro-McElhaney, Michelle Gahee, J.J. Lamb, Kerry Schwartz, and Robert Spindler who each led sessions at the training. And finally thank you to the Amerind for their warm and welcoming accomodations. We are excited to share more about the wonderful programs and companion exhibits the host sites are working on. Stay tuned!

Follow the Water/Ways conversation on twitter  and instagram at #thinkwater and #waterwaysAZ
Community partnerships highlight storytelling, refugees, and education

The Gila & The Salt: Our River Stories featuring Zarco Guerrero

This program is made possible the NEH and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity Grant.
Wednesday, October 11
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Paramount Theatre
420 N. Florence St. #4
Casa Grande, AZ

The zany cast of mask characters from "Face to Face in a Frenzy" will come together to share the fascinating stories of the Gila and Salt Rivers.  Zarco Guerrero spent over a year interviewing valley residents from different backgrounds about the importance and history of these two rivers.
This performance showcases over 2,000 years of history laced with humor, sarcasm and poignant social commentary. 
A conversation will follow the presentation. 

Searching for Refuge in a World on the Move
Keynote presentation with UCLA sociologist Roger Waldinger 
Sunday, October 15
7:30 p.m.
Northern Arizona University - Cline Assembly Hall - Flagstaff, AZ

Roger Waldinger, Professor explores international migration: its social, political, and economic consequences, the policies and politics emerging in response to its advent, the links between immigrants and the countries and people they have left behind. Waldinger is the author of over 100 articles and seven books, including Still the Promised City? New Immigrants and African-Americans in Post-Industrial New York and Ethnic Los Angeles. Waldinger's latest book is titled  The Cross-Border Connection: Immigrants, Emigrants, and their Homelands.

ASU Ethnic Studies Week 2017
October 16 - 19

Keynote Lecture: Dr. Arash Daneshzadeh - We Are All Complicit: Moving Beyond the Peace-Violence Binary in the Academic Dark Matter 
Monday, October 16
5:00 - 6:30pm
ASU Tempe Education Lecture Hall, 100 E. Gammage Parkway

Educator Workshop with Dr. Arash Daneshzadeh
Tuesday, October 17
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Arizona Humanities 1242 N. Central Ave., Phx, 85004

Brown Bag Discussion with Dr. David Stovall - Are We Ready for "School" Abolition?: Thoughts and Practices of a Radical Imaginary in Education 
Thursday, October 19
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
ASU Tempe, West Hall 120

Discuss Health, Law & Humanities October 5th and 26th

Community conversations continue in downtown Phoenix with part II and III of Health, Law, and the Humanities. 

Policing and Law / Thursday, October 5th / 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Discuss strategies for peacekeeping in a diverse society. This conversation will examine information relevant to criminal justice professionals and the public on how to form effective partnerships for community-based policing. Learn about criminal justice resources and services for multicultural communities.

Employment and Equity / Thursday, October 26th / 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join us for a community conversation on employment and housing non-discrimination policies. Learn about best practices to promote access and equality in the workplace and housing market. Conversation moderated by Steve Kilar of the ACLU Arizona.

Learn more about Health, Law & the Humanities.
Ghostly Stories Festival returns Sunday, October 22nd

Come to our annual spooky celebration in downtown Phoenix this October! Listen to ghost stories with a historical twist. Wear a spooky costume and enjoy snacks, story time, arts and crafts, a free book giveaway, and chalk art mural. Free and fun for families and kids ages 2-12!

Upcoming grantee programs this month

Autumn Moon Festival - "Where are you from?"
Saturday, October 7
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Tucson Chinese Cultural Center - Tucson, AZ

Celebrate diversity and fight stereotypes under the Autumn Moon. The program features Asian Pacific American storytellers from around Tucson and is in collaboration with the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum - Arizona Chapter, and the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute. Enjoy light refreshments and mooncakes immediately following the conclusion of the program.

Women on th e Mother Road in Arizona: Route 66 
Film Screenings and Discussions in Flagstaff and Kingman

Thursday, October 12
6:00 p.m.
Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, AZ

Saturday, October 14
1:00 p.m.
Mohave Museum of History and Arts - Kingman, AZ

Called the "Mother Road" by author John Steinbeck, the iconic U.S. Route 66 stretches some 2,400 miles from Los Angeles to Chicago, and is symbolic of the mobility available to Americans, and an iconic highway for many travelers. Yet much of the historical perspective of the highway that passes through Arizona has primarily focused on men, often overlooking the experiences of women and girls. Please join us for a screening and conversation with project director Katrina Parks, historians Heidi Osselaer and Olivia Charest, and archivist Sean Evans, on Route 66 from a female perspective.

For more information contact filmmaker Katrina Parks at

Editors Dawn Lundy Martin and Erica Hunt 
Kore Press Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN /Radical WRITING
Reading and Discussion at Thinking its Presence
Friday, October 20
2:00 p.m.
UA Poetry Center - Tucson Arizona

In October, Kore Press will host a series of community engagement events based on the forthcoming anthology "Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING." This series will explore the formal and linguistically innovative late-modern and contemporary work by Black women from the United States, England, Canada, and the Caribbean.

Read more about Kore Press and the Thinking its Presence Conference.
Humanities Awards nominations due October 9th!

Do you know an outstanding scholar, leader, partner or volunteer who has advanced the humanities? Nominate them today!

Next Project Grant Letter of Intent Due November 1st

Do you have an idea for a humanities project in Arizona? 
Project Grants are competitive grants supporting public programming in the humanities. Organizations may request up to $10,000 to support their program implementation. All organizations  must submit a Letter of Intent by November 1st in order to submit a full application.

Watch the new Project Grants webinar or take a look at our Grant Guidelines to learn more about the funding guidelines, review process, budget, and online application. Want to discuss your project with staff? Call us at 602-257-0335.
FRANK Talks explore borders, fake news, and the American Dream

Have you checked out the FRANK Talks program yet? Produced in partnership with the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, FRANK Talks offer Arizona libraries FREE community conversation programs to discuss important issues. Participants have the opportunity to put ideas in context, weigh facts, and consider different points of view.

"Find Your Nose" Book Party delights families

Thank you to the 100+ people who attended, volunteered, and came out to support Arizona Humanities and enjoy readings by author Rodo Sofranac.

We also want to give a shoutout to our sponsor Thrivent for helping to support this program. Arizona Humanities is a Thrivent Choice organization. Thank you!

Thank you to our generous September supporters

Judith Hardes
Ann-Marie Lee
Carol Schilling
Allan Affeldt
Ryan Bruce*
Vincent and Benita Bruno
Carol J. Christine
Tina Clark*
Paula M. Holcomb
Dr. Bjorn H. Krondorfer
Sallie McCutcheon
Barbie and Charlie Moody
Mary Lu Nunley*
Linda and Martin Rosenthal
Dr. John and Dr. Helen Schaefer
Wiiliam and Mary Ann Sheely
Jane Swicegood
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!  
  • Digitization of Arizona historic newspapers to continue to preserve history via The Daily Wildcat
  • How the Humanities Can Train Entrepreneurs via The Atlantic
  • Water Conservation is Brewing in Arizona via Local First Arizona
  • Tucson Humanities Festival Has Theme of Resistance and Revolution via UA News
Important Dates
  • October 9 - Humanities Awards Nominations Deadline
  • October 20 - Board of Directors Meeting, Glendale 
  • November 1 - Project Grants Letter of Intent Due
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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