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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 is sponsoring a storytelling contest for veterans that will culminate with an awards ceremony at the South Dakota Festival of Books Oct. 1-3 in Deadwood. Continue Reading

  2. Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Plains in Brookings is conducting an SDHC grant-funded program this summer to help youth participants learn more about language, literature, diversity and inclusion. Continue Reading

  3. Do you love books, and meeting fellow booklovers? How about chatting with your favorite authors? Continue Reading

  4. In the 2021 One Book South Dakota selection, “The Children’s Blizzard,” author Melanie Benjamin offers a fictionalized take on the notorious storm that swept through Dakota Territory in January 1888. This summer and fall, she will discuss her novel and swap severe weather stories with readers across the state. Continue Reading

Event Calendar

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1:30 pm | Minneluzahan Senior Citizens Center
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11:00 am | DC Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives
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7:00 pm | Prentis Park
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2:00 pm | Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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7:00 pm | Prentis Park
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7:00 pm | Prentis Park
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1:00 pm | DC Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives
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7:00 pm | Prentis Park

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 sole meaning in life is to serve humanity.
- Leo Tolstoy