Humanities Now
Congratulations to AH Executive Leaders!
A hearty congratulations to our new officers. Mary Lu Nunley will lead Arizona Humanities for the next two years as Board Chair. The Executive Committee also includes Prof. Jim Blasingame, Vice-Chair, Karl Kendall, Treasurer, Eshe Pickett, Secretary, and two At Large Members: Dr. Julie Codell and Dr. Eve Krahe. The group is more than capable, reflecting diverse professional experience from academic, government, and corporate sectors. Check out the AH website to learn more about these talented leaders and the Arizona Humanities Board of Directors.
Chair - Mary Lu Nunley

"I have found great enjoyment and fulfillment serving on the board for the past five years, and I am proud to be a part of this organization. I believe that Arizona Humanities offers Arizona communities opportunities to learn about our state history, varied cultures and the many experiences of the people forming our past, today and in the future".

Vice Chair - Jim Blasingame

"Arizona is a fascinating place, and its people and history are captivating. I am especially interested in enlarging the humanities experience involving young people, the Latinx population, and Indigenous communities. A wealth of cultural expression resides in Arizona among musicians, painters, poets, storytellers, cultural experts and more".
Treasurer - Karl Kendall

"I have enjoyed serving on the Arizona Humanities board Grants and Finance Committees, and the Executive Committee as Member at Large. I serve as a liaison with the Phoenix Public Library and the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. We have partnered with AH on Ghostly Stories and youth programs, and donated 1000's of books. As the Deputy Director of Collections and Programming for Phoenix Public Library, I help to manage an annual library materials budget of over $5,000,000, as well as several grants. I look forward to the opportunity to serve as Treasurer." 
Secretary - Eshé Pickett

" I am a Software Architect at the Intel Corporation where I champion outreach for young women in STEM. I am an active community member who strongly advocates for civic and civil engagement.
I believe that exposure to Arts and Culture is critical in the development of intelligent and useful design and I feel the mission of the Arizona Humanities is crucial in retaining the human element in advancing technology".

At Large - Dr. Eve Krahe

Eve Krahe serves as the Dean of Graduate Programs in the School of Health Services A dministration (SHSA) at the University of Phoenix, overseeing the experience and outcomes of approximately 1500 students. Prior to joining the University, Eve was the Director of Undergraduate Healthcare Innovations Programs at Arizona State University and held the rank of Associate Professor. Dr, Krahe is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Administrators and founding member of the Upsilon Phi Delta Health Administration Honors Society chapter at the University of Phoenix.
At Large - Dr. Julie Codell

Julie Codell is Professor of Art History at Arizona State University and affiliate faculty in English, Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Asian Studies. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University Bloomington, an MA in Art History from Indiana, an MA in English from the University of Michigan, and a BA in English from Vassar College. She was Vice Chair of the Montana Humanities Council while teaching at the University of Montana, Missoula, and a grants evaluator for the NEH, the Australian Research Council and the National Humanities Center.
Brenda Thomson Elected to Federation of State Humanities Councils National Board
We are delighted by the news that Brenda Thomson has been elected to serve on the national board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, or the "Federation." 

For those not familiar, the Federation is the membership organization of humanities councils from across the country. The Federation represents the interests of humanities councils before Congress, and also provides communication  between the councils nationwide. The Federation collects information and data, shares information on  programs and grants, and supports and encourages activities that foster good nonprofit management and stewardship. 

 "I have found the work of the Federation to be invaluable. It is important to Arizona Humanities to serve the people of this state well, and to offer cultural programs and activities of the highest caliber. The Federation staff is talented and dedicated. They help us learn about national trends, and also help us individually when we have questions about best practices, and governance. I am honored to be able to share what I have learned, and more importantly, to be able to learn from and assist councils across the country in meeting the challenges we face in promoting and preserving the cultural legacy of the United States. We are a diverse nation, and it is important for us to share the humanities with everyone."  Brenda Thomson.  

Thomson's board term begins in November 2019.

The Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit is now open in Camp Verde, Arizona through October 6, 2019!

The area around Camp Verde has been home to human settlements for thousands of years with early Sinagua and Hohokam populations constructing large settlements and impressive cliff dwellings along the Verde River and its tributaries..

Camp Verde was originally established as a military installation meant to subdue indigenous people and confine them to the newly established Rio Verde reservation. Today more than 10,000 people live in Camp Verde and the Yavapai-Apache Nation maintains five tribal communities in the area.

Learn more about Camp Verde and other host sites at

Arizona Humanities is now accepting host site applications for Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition.

When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard?  Voices and Votes will be a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories.
Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about what it means to be a citizen and examine the context and main controversies behind America's democratic system. Towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs, and facilitate educational initiatives to deepen people's understanding of our nation's democratic system.
Applications due October 15, 2019.
Visit our web page for more information or to begin you application
Bringing Nationally-Recognized Poets to Our Community

Arizona Humanities is partnering with the University of Arizona's Poetry Center to bring nationally recognized poets to our community.

On September 4th we co-hosted a poetry reading featuring award-winning poets sam sax and Erica L. Sanchez at the Phoenix Burton Barr Library. The pair surprised the audience by each debuting a new poem, in addition to reading from their published works. The event drew over 150 poetry fans. After the reading attendees got a chance to chat with these two talented poets and get books signed.

Deadline for 2020 Humanities Awards Nominations Extended to September 30
Submit your nominations at: 

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2020 Arizona Humanities Awards has been extended to Monday, September 30. If you know someone who deserves recognition for their efforts to promote the humanities in your community, now is the time to nominate them. Nominees can be educators, advocates or local businesses.

Every year Arizona Humanities honors and celebrates outstanding contributions to the humanities in our state. Since the inaugural awards in 1990, Arizona Humanities has recognized individuals who have advanced the humanities in Arizona through their scholarship, leadership, support and advocacy.
The Awards Committee, comprised of Arizona Humanities board members and public members, reviews nominations The Humanities Award categories are: 

Humanities Public Scholar
Friend of the Humanities
Humanities Rising Star
The Arizona Humanities Awards event will take place in Spring 2020. Please check back for event details at
Nomination deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019
Join Us for New FRANK Talks Beginning October 1st

We are pleased to offer new and thought-provoking FRANK Talks. Stop by and join the conversation. All are welcome!

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.

The goal of FRANK Talks is to inspire people to practice the skills of citizenship - to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues that affect our communities. Topics are diverse and cover a broad range of current events and subjects.

New Topics Include:

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

NEW Hip Hop and American Culture

NEW Through My Eyes - The Impact of Implicit Bias

NEW Colors - The History and Life of LGBTQ America

NEW White Allies 101: Outreach, Engagement and Change-making

NEW What are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

NEW American Native: Native American

NEW Native American Signs and Symbols: Pee-Posh/Kwatsan

NEW Water in Arizona: Sustainability, Supply and Demand

NEW Energy Resources in Arizona: A State of Energy Transition

Apply to Join the New Pen Zen Writer's Workshop!
Sign up by September 21, 2019 

Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemmingway said "writing, at its best is a lonely life." This may be true, but it doesn't have to be. With that in mind, Arizona Humanities launches the new "Pen Zen" writer's group/workshop series this fall. The goal is to provide a space for novice writer's to hone their craft through collaboration and constructive criticism. The first workshop will take place at Arizona Humanities,1242 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix on  Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Each season we will offer a new 4-month workshop focusing on a particular writing genre. This fall the focus will be fiction. Future workshops will include poetry and non-fiction. Each workshop will consist of a group reading, during which participants will have a chance to present their own work, and receive constructive criticism from their peers, along with instruction from a professional facilitator. Facilitators are accomplished writers and academics from diverse backgrounds.

Mark Your Calendars for the Ghostly Stories Festival!

Sunday, October 27th
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Arizona Humanities - 1242 N.Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join us for the annual Ghostly Stories Festival in downtown Phoenix! Celebrate stories, books, and reading with a spooky twist! Wear a costume and enjoy multicultural story time, arts and crafts, a free book giveaway, chalk art mural, poetry performances, and more. Free and fun for families and kids!  In partnership with the Phoenix Burton Barr Library. 
Upcoming Events
Puro Amor: A Reading With Sandra Cisneros
October 24 @ 7:00pm
Location: The University of Arizona's Student Union Grand Ballroom.
1303 E. University Blvd.

Next Month we will host a reading by Sandra Cisneros at the 2019 Tucson Humanities Festival. Cisneros will be reading from her latest work Puro Amor, a bilingual chapbook featuring her own illustrations.

Native American Spirit of Water and Landscape
Presented by Laura Tohe and Dez Tillman
September 21, 2019
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Pioneer Masonic Lodge #82
19055 E. K-Mine Rd
Black Canyon City, AZ 85324

Laura Tohe, an award winning poet and the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate for 2015-2019, is Dine' and Sleepy Rock clan born for the Bitter Water Clan. Tohe will be joined by her son, Dez Tillman, a musician and composer with a passion for creating art that enriches the soul. Tillman is Sleepy Rock clan and born for the White People Clan. The presentation will explore their historical connection to the landscape.

The Literary Southwest Presents
New York Times Bestselling Novelist Janet Fitch 
The Literary Southwest celebrates the beginning of its eleventh season of literary programming in Prescott with a reading by acclaimed novelist Janet Fitch.

Fitch speaks on  Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in the Yavapai College Library's Susan N. Webb Community Room (Bldg. 19, Room 147) on the Prescott campus. An open conversation, audience Q & A session, and a book signing follow the reading.

Janet Fitch is the author of the best-selling novels White Oleander, an Oprah's Book club pick, and Paint it Black, both made into feature films. Her most recent novel, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, is a continuation of The Revolution of Marina M., set during the Russian Revolution. Her short fiction and essays have been widely published in anthologies and journals such as Black Warrior Review, Black Clock, Los Angeles Noir, Room of One's Own, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books

Literary Southwest programs are presented free and are open to all. For complete author and series information, visit:  or contact Series Director Jim Natal through Yavapai College at 928-776-2295.

NEH Upcoming  G rant Deadlines
The Documenting Endangered Languages Program

The Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6000-7000 currently used languages. Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. 

Applications due September

16, 2019

Thank you to our August Donors
Michael & Kathi Baron
James Blasingame*
Becky & Kevin Day
Robert Federoff
Judith Hardes
Karl Kendall*
Christine Marin - In honor of Lupe T. & Eulalia R. Marin
Mary Lu Nunley*
Emerson Yearwood*
Judy & Joel Zaft

*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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