Arthur Rothstein, Horse on Ira Ison's farm. Ross County, Ohio , 1940. Courtesy of Library of Congress.
Ohio Humanities E-news January-February 2018
Winter is here.  

In Ar thur Rothstein's 1940 photograph (above), Ira Ison trudges across a snow-laden field to harness his draft horse. What first appears as a charming pastoral scene is actually a careful photo documentation for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), the New Deal program begun during the Depression to combat rural poverty. Rothstein tells us in his notes that Ison, a farmer in Ross County, bought two horses with an FSA loan. The photo reminds us of the heroic and often solitary life of Ohio farmers, and how work goes on through the cold winter months.

In this reflective season, take advantage of the work that Ohio Humanities supports throughout the state. Whether it's through a grant-sponsored program, an insightful article in Pathways magazine, or a speakers bureau event, Ohio Humanities is committed to bringing the humanities to all Ohioans to help guide us in defining our individual beliefs, values, and aspirations.
Supporting great humanities programming all over Ohio.
Grants Spotlight: G is for Gun
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. The film explores the growing controversial practice in K-12 public schools of arming teachers and other school personnel as a security measure. The film uses history, philosophy of education, and ethics as humanities lenses through which to understand the larger cultural forces that have gotten us to a place as a society where such a trend is being debated, let alone practiced.

A screening of the film G is for Gun will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, to be followed by a 45-minute panel discussion. 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 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.

Elijah Pierce,  Elijah Escapes the Mob

Elijah Pierce: An American Journey
On view through March 4
This exhibition, on view at the Canton Museum of Art, celebrates the work of woodcarver Elijah Pierce (1892-1984). Pierce was a self-taught artist internationally known mostly for his brightly painted sculptural panels illustrating biblical stories, moral lessons, historical events, and images from popular culture. Enjoy FREE admission on Thursdays.

February 6: "The Great Migration of African Americans to the North"
Program begins at 6:00 p.m.
Event details HERE.

One Community Reads
Through April 19

Various scholars will lead rich and thoughtful conversations at libraries around Cuyahoga County on the topic of eviction and its effect on the community. The purpose of the discussion is to engage both the public and community leaders in a conversation about the impact of housing insecurity on the region and shed light on the work being done by fair housing, veterans affairs, mental health and social services.

Conversations will be based on Matthew Desmond's book, Evicted, but it is not mandatory to read the book prior to program.

Find out more about this program, including event details HERE.

Civil Conversations About Constitutional Matters: A Roundtable Dialogues
February 7: Freedom of Assembly

Walsh University's Lifelong Learning Center presents this series of roundtable dialogues on the First Amendment's Constitutional guarantees. Participants will discuss topics of citizenship with each other in a moderated dialogue across party affiliations and philosophical and religious differences.

Programs begin at 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines
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
March 15, 2018 -Draft submitted by Feb. 15, 2018 for projects beginning after May 24, 2018.
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:
Ohio Chautauqua
History puts on a show.
Ohio Humanities presents Ohio Chautauqua 2018-2019: Modern Legends

History has a way of catching up with us. People who lived within our lifetimes have 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.
2018 Tour
Attend an evening performance or daytime program at these tour stops:
  • Piqua June 5-9
  • Gallipolis June 12-16
  • Rossford June 19-22
  • New Richmond 26-30

Call for Host Community Applications: 2019 Tour

Applications are now available for communities who would like to partner with Ohio Humanities to present Ohio Chautauqua 2019: Modern Legends.
Find out how to become a host community HERE!
Pathways magazine
Sharing the human story in print and online.
Pathways Winter 2017

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. The winter edition examines the notion of American greatness.

Speakers Bureau
Bringing the humanities to your town.
Spotlight: Legacy of Race and Ethnicity Speakers Bureau
These moderated discussions emphasize the value in recognizing the common threads that bind us all together. Each scholar uses a national and statewide framework to explore where we've been, who we are, and to weigh the question, where do we want to be?

The Community Within:
African American History in Rural Ohio

Ric Sheffield , JD
Director, Law & Society Program, Kenyon College

Way Up North in Dixie

Howard Sacks, PhD
Professor Emeritus at Kenyon College

Race, Racism, and the US Women's Movement

Kimberly Hamlin, PhD
Director and Professor, American Studies Program, Miami University

The Jewish and Interfaith Experience in Ohio

Rabbi Gary P. Zola, PhD
Executive Director, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

The Emancipation Proclamation

John C. Fazio, JD
Author, former president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable

Ohio's KKK of the 1920s: Terrorizing Immigrants and Catholics

William Trollinger, PhD
Professor, History and Religious Studies, University of Dayton

Upcoming Speakers Bureau Events

February 3, 2:00 p.m.
Sandusky Public Library

February 10, 1:30 p.m.
Twinsburg Public Library

February 10, 2:00 p.m.
Loudonville Public Library

February 11, 10:30 a.m.
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Bellville

February 19, 7:00 p.m.
Cleveland Grays Archive and Armory

February 22, 6:00 p.m.
Ohio University Zanesville

February 24, 12:00 p.m.
Milan-Berlin Public Library