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Announcing our Special Summer 2021 Grant Opportunity!

The South Dakota Humanities Council invites you to apply for a unique Summer 2021 competitive major grant opportunity.  We have approximately $70,000 to award this summer for major program grants up to $10,000!

Participate in Weekly Brainstorming

The South Dakota Humanities Council, in cooperation with longtime SDHC scholar Lawrence Diggs, has developed a program to bring people peace and unity during these trying and divisive times. 

Brainstorming: The Human Connection is a weekly discussion series led by Diggs. Sign up now to participate in these important weekly discussions.

Watch the Replay: Louise Erdrich in Conversation with Lori Walsh

During "An Evening with Louise Erdrich" March 25, SDPB radio host Lori Walsh interviewed National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich about Native American electoral access. This exclusive event was funded by a $50,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to educate South Dakotans on the importance of civic participation. Watch the replay here.

View the Replay: Political Scientists Patterson, Burns Examine Voter Trends

In “The Reappearing Voter,” presented via Zoom on March 9 at 7 pm CT/6 pm MT, Harvard professor and 2018 One Book South Dakota Author (Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based JournalismThomas E. Patterson and respected South Dakota State University professor emeritus Robert V. Burns examined voter participation trends and recurring problems in American democracy.

View the recording here.

View Recording of Gloria Steinem Discussion on Voting Issues

Gloria Steinem was featured in a conversation with Sally Roesch Wagner via Zoom on Feb. 18 as part of “Voting: Why It Matters,” a new national initiative funded by a $50,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to educate South Dakotans on the importance of civic participation.

Featuring a discussion of ideas that inspired the early suffragists and the various women’s movements that followed, the event was streamed on the SDHC Facebook page. Click the button below to watch now!


 
 
 
 
 
 

Blog

  1. The South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau program is undergoing changes, including a new rolling deadline for scholar applications and new programming priorities. Continue Reading

  2. A special South Dakota Humanities Council summer grant program offers up to $10,000 for qualified applicants who apply by May 23. Continue Reading

  3. Tommy Orange, whose searing debut novel made him one of the most-discussed authors of the past two years, is coming to the 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood. Continue Reading

  4. The South Dakota Humanities Council has awarded $48,379 to organizations around the state that will conduct humanities programs for South Dakotans. Continue Reading

Event Calendar

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6:30 pm | Hilton M. Briggs Library, SDSU Archives and Special Collections
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9:00 am | Oglala Lakota College
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9:00 am | Oglala Lakota College
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9:00 am | Oglala Lakota College
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9:00 am | Oglala Lakota College
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9:00 am | Oglala Lakota College

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

Want to read more about what the humanities are? Check out our definition of the humanities and examples of various humanities disciplines explored by our programs. 

The goal should be that everybody gets a chance to read great books and participate in the richness that humanities brings us.
- Bill Gates (founder and Chairman, Microsoft)