"In today's landscape of technological and social transformation, graduates must be prepared to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. What curriculum is better suited to develop such abilities than one that offers a broad understanding of the world with mastery of at least one field, the capacity to think critically and creatively, powerful communication skills, an ease at working in teams, scientific literacy, the ability to engage the arts and humanities, and the development of principled leadership skills? In fact, the liberal arts have never been more relevant."

 -  Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon
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" Utah Humanities empowers Utahns to improve their communities
 through active engagement in the humanities."

We're Looking for Educational Partners!


If you're a college or high school teacher, education administrator, or someone with a vision for greater opportunity in your community, we would like to talk with you.  We're looking to expand two of Utah Humanities' most successful programs:  the free Venture Course in the Humanities (for adults) and the Clemente Course (for underserved teens). 
Both are community partnerships that extend educational opportunities for people living on low incomes and, in the
 process, change lives, and you 
can learn more by visiting our Center for Educational Access. We have an outstanding track record, with demonstrable outcomes for both programs.

Want to talk about bringing one of these courses to your community?  Please call Jean Cheney, 801.359.9670 to begin the conversation.

East High Clemente Course students in Salt Lake City create a "Jackson Pollock" painting with their art history instructor, Jorge Rojas, as part of their study of "Revolutions in Art."  The painting now hangs in the school's Media Center.  Clemente is offered through a partnership with East High, the University of Utah's Honors College, Westminster College's Honors Program, and University Neighborhood Partners.Photo credit:  Jean Cheney

In December in South Salt Lake City, Venture students and faculty celebrate the completion of one semester of the course.  Venture is a partnership with the City and Westminster College.  Other cities offering Venture are Cedar City (with Southern Utah University) and Ogden (with Weber State University). Photo credit:  Jean Cheney

Celebrating 100 Years of the Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prize Board recently awarded $20,000 to the Utah Humanities Centennial Campfires program, as part of a nationwide initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016.
" This project builds on Utah Humanities' goal of bringing people together to discuss important community issues through the lens of the humanities," said Cynthia Buckingham, UH's Executive Director. 

Utah Humanities is partnering with the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Public Radio (KUSU in Logan), and KCPW (in Salt Lake City) to showcase how the humanities--literature, history, philosophy and ethics, etc.--work together with print and broadcast journalism to contribute to informed public discussion.

The four-way partnership offers multiple programming formats--live events, print newspaper, radio broadcast, and social media platforms--for activities taking place in 2016

The Salt Lake Tribune recently published an article on our four-way partnership and the plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes together here in Utah. Read the article here and watch for details on upcoming events.

Give the Gift of Giving

This year, consider a gift to honor or memorialize a friend, family member, or colleague. There is no better way to commemorate life events than by helping Utah Humanities improve our communities while honoring or remembering a loved one. In the past year, UH has received several generous memorial donations, as well as tribute gifts celebrating births, marriages, milestone birthdays, and graduations.

Contributions in any amount are gratefully accepted and are acknowledged with a personalized letter sent to the person or family in whose memory or honor the gift is made. Don't forget that it's tax deductible, can be made anytime throughout the year, and can be set up to recur annually. 

Click our Give Box to Make Your Gift!

Competitive Grant Deadline Approaching in February

The deadline for Competitive Grant drafts is coming up on February 1st, 2016.  Competitive grants are up to $5,000 and are for projects starting on or after May 1, 2016. Please visit our website for details and contact Jodi Graham with questions at graham@utahhumanities.org.

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 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.

Special thanks to the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation for supporting
UH's Beehive Archive, a two-minute look at some of the most pivotal--and peculiar--events in Utah history, heard weekly in Salt Lake County on KCPW 88.3 FM and throughout the state
on Utah Public Radio.