Humanities Now
September 2021
Rescue Me

In 2014 our dog George died. We raised him from a little puppy, so I was just devastated. I knew that he was getting old, but to me, he was still a puppy. I was so sad. I told my husband I did not want another dog. Of course my husband didn't listen to me. He woke me up early one morning and said he wanted me to meet someone. What?! I was still in bed. And there was this dog. He tilted his head to look at me. "No way." I said. "Please can I keep him?" Two pairs of big eyes sucked me in. And so began life with Dizzy, a rescue. He was named after the trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie because he squeaked sometimes. Our neighbor had lured him home with French fries. We did not know then that she had introduced us to the best dog ever. He was maybe a border collie, black lab mix. He was super smart and happy. He wasn't a big fan of cats, but he never hurt any. He was a bigger fan of toys and treats. He herded us. He woke us up in the morning. He wanted a banana every day with a few cheerios. He put his head in my lap when he needed me, and licked Dave's shins when he needed Dave. Sometimes we don't realize that the people we see every day, connect us to each other. They help us get along, get by, get going, or just be still. We had to say goodbye to Dizzy last week. We did not know how old he was, but he was ours for 7 years. I guess we are getting old too. One thing I know for sure. We did not rescue him. He rescued us.

Brenda Thomson
Executive Director

Register for the Keynote Event in Our New 
Climate Conversations Series!
The Humanities, the Arts, and the Climate Crisis with Sir Jonathan Bate

September 16, 6:00 PM MST Virtual 

We think of science and public policy as the only ways to fight the climate crisis, but the humanities and the arts are vital too. They give us the narratives and the emotional engagement that we need to address the environmental challenges facing our planet and our way of life. Internationally acclaimed Shakespearean scholar and eco-critic Sir Jonathan Bate will offer a wide-ranging introduction to past and present "green thinking" in literature, film and art, history, philosophy, and religion. Join us for this keynote event followed by Q&A with the audience, as we launch our new program series, Climate Conversations. 

Jonathan Bate is Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities at Arizona State University and a Senior Research Fellow in English Literature at Oxford University, where he was formerly Provost of Worcester College. The author of twenty books, he is a world-renowned expert on Shakespeare, the Romantic movement and ecological approaches to the arts and humanities. He was knighted by the Queen for his services to literary scholarship.
Register for our Virtual Hands-On Humanities Awards Ceremony!

Join us on September 25 as we celebrate our Humanities Heroes! We are proud to recognize their outstanding contributions to the public humanities across Arizona. Their scholarship excellence, leadership, support and advocacy has impacted lives and enriched communities. Our theme is Hands-on Humanities. All of this year's winners are hands on humanitarians, meaning they engage the community in their efforts to promote the humanities in Arizona. Register for our virtual ceremony here.
Apply for Our Mini Grants
Mini Grant Funds Still Available!

Mini Grants are small grants of up to $2,000 that are available year-round to support innovative public programs that increase understanding of the human experience. Mini Grants can be used for capacity-building, program planning, and implementation of programs. Capacity-building may include training and education for constituents to help plan and/or implement public humanities engagements. The applicant organization's budget must not exceed $500,000. Larger institutions must partner with a smaller institution that will lead the program or project. For more information please visit our website and review the Arizona Humanities Grant Guidelines.
Check out our New AZ Speaks Catalog!

Our new AZ Speaks catalog is out NOW, which means your organization can book new speakers and topics for both in-person or virtual programs from November 2021 to October 2022. Learn more about the new speakers and their presentations by clicking here.
History at Your Fingertips
Learn our Military's History with the Doughboy Foundation's New App

The Doughboy Foundation is bringing the new National WWI Memorial from Washington, D.C. to schools and homes all over America with a new release of the award-winning Augmented Reality App called The WWI Memorial "Virtual Explorer". The "Virtual Explorer" App brings a walk-around-inside-it digital 3D model of the National WWI Memorial to students and educators utilizing iOS or Android tablets, available in many K-12 schools, or the smartphone already in nearly every pocket. For more information about the app, visit the Doughboy Foundation's website.
Work in the Arts Today!
Looking for a Job? TCA is Hiring!

The Tempe Center for the Arts has a wide variety of part-time jobs available now! They tout new and improved jobs and wages on the EXPERIENCE TEAM that includes gallery greeters, ushers, box office cashiers, concessions and more. For those looking for jobs in the arts, flexible schedules and convenient Tempe location- this is the place! Apply here.
Shemer Art Center Has Events through the Fall!

From introductory classes in watercolor painting and drawing, to the finer details of photo printing, and all the way to portrait drawing lessons. It can all be found at the Shemer Art Center! Learn more about it here.
September Programs
Attend Virtual AZ Humanities Programs

AZ Speaks are 60-minute presentations hosted by non-profits, libraries, educational institutions, and governmental and tribal entities to engage the public in humanities-based topics. FRANK Talks, which are now offered both virtually and in-person, span 60-minutes and are highly interactive. The purpose is to connect people to one another to discuss current events. Click the links below to learn more about the events.

The Food of Arizona September 8 at 6 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Phoenix Public Library

An Uneven Landscape: Inequities in Transportation, Community Planning and Land Management September 9 at 2 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Coolidge Public Library

Understanding and Learning to Talk about Systemic Racism September 14 at 4 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Mohave Community College - Lake Havasu Library 

She Dared Do What??? The Courageous Arizona Journalist History Tried to Erase September 25 at 10:30 MST | Co-Hosted by Chandler Public Library - Downtown Branch

For the Love of Turquoise September 25 at 3 PM MST | Co-Hosted by East Flagstaff Community Library

The Other Epidemic: Gun Violence and Mass Shootings in America September 27 at 6 PM MST | Co-Hosted by Glendale Public Library

Are you a non-profit, library, educational institution or governmental and tribal entity interested in hosting a program?

Visit our website to learn more about our exciting new list of topics. We can help you cross-market these programs to the public. 

To schedule a program or to learn more, contact Julianne Cheng at or call (602) 257-0335 x26.
Humanities Programs in the Community
ISRAEL: A Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth

September 9 at 2:00 PM MST 

Israel: This small strip of arid land is 5,700 miles away but remains a hot-button issue and a thorny topic of debate. But while many people seem to have a strong opinion about Israel, how many people actually know its history? Israeli-American Noa Tishby attempts to fill this gap. But "this is not your Bubbie's history book" Instead, offering a fresh, 360-degree view, Tishby brings her passion, humor, and deep intimacy to the subject, creating an accessible and dynamic portrait of a tiny country of outsized relevance. Through bite-sized chunks of history and deeply personal stories, Tishby chronicles her homeland's evolution, beginning in Biblical times and moving forward to cover everything from the First World War, to Israel's creation, to the disputes dividing the country today. Tackling popular misconceptions with an abundance of information, Tishby provides critical context around headline-generating controversies and offers a clear, intimate account of the richly cultured country of Israel. Register for AZJHS' event here.
Mexican Independence Day

September 12 at 9:00 AM MST 

After Mexico gained independence from Spain in September of 1821, the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson was under Mexican rule for 33 years.  This year, the Presidio Museum will celebrate by operating as a Mexican fort flying the Mexican flag with some of the Museum's living history re-enactors dressed as Mexican soldiers.  Visitors can also participate in a variety of crafts, including a Mexican flag activity that explains the symbolism of the Mexican flag and making papel picado, hand-cut, colorful flags to hang in your own home.  Samples of Mexican candy will also be available.  This event is included in admission. Learn more about the Presidio Museum's event here.
Dark Sky Star Party

September 11 at 5:00 PM MST 

Enjoy Oracle temps, live music, food, and sunset views from the upper patio of the historic Kannally Ranch House. The evening will start with guided tours of the main Kannally Ranch House, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This will be the first time guided tours will be offered in over a year! Next up will be musical entertainment by Hard Sun Aggregate from Tucson on the patio. Americana music with a touch of Country, Zydeco and Blues. Learn more about the Arizona State Park event here.
Pioneer Museum Reopening

September 14 

The Arizona Historical Society is delighted to announce the reopening of the Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff on Tuesday, September 14. Pioneer Museum will be open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Until the museum reopens, only the grounds will remain open to visitors. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee your visit time. Pioneer Museum visits are limited to one-hour due to reduced occupancy, but enjoy unlimited outdoor access during museum hours to our fresh-air exhibits nestled in the surrounding pines. Buy your tickets here.
An Evening with Tara Westover

September 24 at 5:30 PM MST

Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, Tara Westover never attended school An older brother taught her to read, and after that her education was erratic and haphazard, with most of her days spent working in her father's junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. After that first encounter with education she pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She received an MPhil from the Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2014 was awarded a PhD in history. Currently, she is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, working on projects related to media and political polarization. Learn more of her story by registing for her event here.
A Long Journey: The Hidden Jews of the Southwest (2020)

September 24-26

A LONG JOURNEY: THE HIDDEN JEWS OF THE SOUTHWEST, brings to life the fascinating stories of contemporary of individuals whose secret was their hidden Jewish roots while living an outwardly Catholic life.  The film features the experience of forced expulsion, with journeys to Mexico, Southern Texas and Northern New Mexico; the reawakening of long-obscured Spanish-Jewish traditions, the resilience of faith and culture, and the eventual triumph of acceptance and respect over tyranny and intolerance.  These unique stories are set against magnificent natural and cultural landscapes, accompanied by an original score by acclaimed composer Mark Adler. A LONG JOURNEY is a story about self-awareness and reaffirmation, and a celebration of the richness and diversity of Jewish and Latino cultures in the American Southwest. Learn more here.
Humanities Across the Nation
NEH Announces $28.4 Million for 239 Humanities Projects Nationwide
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $28.4 million in grants for 239 humanities projects across the country. These grants will support a documentary about the 1873 Colfax Massacre, the bloodiest instance of racial violence during Reconstruction, and the development of Archaeorover, an autonomous robot that uses ground-penetrating radar to search for buried sites, structures, and artifacts of historical and archaeological significance, and other humanities projects. Learn more here.
Thank You to Our August Donors

James Blasingame*
Jill Ginsburg
Bonnie Humphrey
Karl Kendall*
Andrew Krahe
Karen Manz
Debbie Nez-Manuel*
Almira Poudrier*
Crys Waddell*
Juliana Yoder

*Current Board Member

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