"To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is."

- David McCullough 
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Utah Humanities empowers Utahns to improve their communities
 through active engagement in the humanities.

Join Us for Upcoming Oral History Workshops

It's a powerful tool for understanding your family stories and community history

Please join us for one of our upcoming Introduction to Oral History workshops! This focused introduction to the art and craft of oral history will cover its philosophical underpinnings, the nuts and bolts of executing a successful oral history project, as well as possible funding sources for your project. Oral History workshops are presented jointly by Utah Humanities and the Utah Division of State History.
Choose one of two locations!
When : August 12th from 1 pm to 4 pm 
Where : Cedar City Public Library, 303 North 100 East, Cedar City, Utah
Cost : The workshop is free, but registration is requested. RSVP by contacting Megan van Frank at Utah Humanities at vanfrank@utahhumanities.org or 801.359.9670.

When : September 29th from 9 am to 12 pm 
Where : Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
Cost: The workshop is free, but registration is requested as part of State History's annual conference. Please register for the workshop here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Photo: There are many ways to share the rich stories gleaned from oral history projects. Photo courtesy of Megan van Frank.

Celebrating Shakespeare with a Discussion Series

It's been 400 years since Shakespeare's death, and organizations world wide are honoring his life and work.

Brigham City Library, who holds a reading discussion series featuring a new theme every year and monthly discussions with visiting scholars from Weber State, is currently featuring a discussion series on the work of William Shakespeare.

Their upcoming August event features Weber State University scholar, Sally Shigley, in a discussion of Richard III.

Who is a hero? Can he or she also be a villain? Why are we so fascinated by heinous characters in our politics, films, TV shows, news accounts, and fiction? Richard III is a historical play believed to have been written in approximately 1592. It depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England.

Join us!

When: Aug 7, 2016, 7:00 pm
Where: Brigham City Library,  26 E Forest St,  Brigham City , UT 84302-2112
ContactSue Hill,  bclibrarydir@yahoo.com or at  (435) 723-5850 and visit  http://bcpl.lib.ut.us.

You can also check the event at our Utah Humanities calendar.

This program is funded in part by a Utah Humanities Quick Grant.

Apply Now for the Upcoming Venture Course in the Humanities

Have you always wanted to go to college but never had the chance? Or, do you know someone who has this dream? The Venture Course is accepting applications! A free, college-accredited, interdisciplinary course in the humanities, Venture can change your life, or the life of someone you know.

Here's what Roberto Burgos said of his experience in Venture last year:

 "I see myself differently after Venture.  Now I want to go to do more school and to get a better education and to get a better job.  All the conversation we had in class opened my eyes and now I want to do more with my life.  More dreams.  Thanks to Venture, I'm a different person, a better man."

For residents living in Salt Lake City, contact Liz Rogers for an application at  erogers@westminstercollege.edu . For Cedar City residents, write Lindsay Fullerton at  fullerton@suu.edu .

Utah Humanities partners with Westminster College and Southern Utah University to offer this award-winning, life-changing experience.

Militza Martinez talks about how Venture has changed her life. After completing Venture, Militza was awarded a full scholarship to attend  Westminster College, our partner in presenting Venture. Video courtesy of Westminster College.

Get Ready for our 2016 Utah Humanities Book Festival!

This year's 19th annual Utah Humanities Book Festival continues to be Utah's oldest and only statewide festival and has become Utah's signature celebration of literature.

Each year, the festival is a chance for book lovers of all types to enjoy some great, free-of-charge literary events at locations throughout Utah.

Our 2016 festival is coming together and is sure to be another crowd-pleaser at each host venue. This year's lineup of authors include Jonathan Lethem, Lidia Yuknavitch, Brandon Sanderson, Dayton Duncan, Stephen Prothero, Karen Brennan, Ian Doescher, and many more.
Visit our Book Festival Calendar often for updates to the lineup and schedule.

Click the State Icon to See Our Humanities Events Near You

Our events calendar is organized by month, date, and even region of the state.

Click the icon to visit our calendar, and remember  to check back often.

There are always new humanities events to attend!

Many Thanks

Utah Humanities would like to thank Union Pacific for its recent gift to support our Museum on Main Street (MoMS) traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked. Thanks to their generosity, we will be able to continue encouraging Utahns to explore, preserve, and share their unique local history, culture, and traditions.
We would also like to recognize Nathan Anderson, Union Pacific's representative, whose commitment and support of community organizations like UH make Utah a better place to live!.

Utah Humanities is grateful for the generous support of many individuals, foundations, and corporations and for public funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Utah, and the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Fund.