Exploring Humanities with the 2020 SDHC Program Catalog

2020 Catalog Available for Download

The 2020 Program Catalog is your complete guide to programs and events offered by the South Dakota Humanities Council, from One Book South Dakota to specialized presentations exploring all aspects of the humanities. 

South Dakota Humanities Council programs provide opportunities for people to reflect on what makes them human, to explore new ideas, to learn about important historical events. Our annual catalog is a snapshot of those programs and events, which are often life-changing for people who attend.

The 2020 Program Catalog is now available for download.

What Information is in the SDHC Program Catalog?

The program catalog will put you in touch with everything we have to offer as a statewide organization with a rich heritage.

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.

You can download the catalog for free to learn more about us and our programs.

Rebecca Swift and Sean Covel discuss their

Rebecca Swift and Sean Covel discuss their "Porter the Hoarder" books at the 2019 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood. Read about the Festival of Books and other SDHC events in the 2020 Program Catalog, now available for download.

Speakers Bureau, One Book and Book Club to Go Discussion Leaders

SDHC scholars are available for Speakers Bureau programs, including Chautauqua performances and expertise-based presentations that allow audiences to learn about various topics. They can also lead book discussions using selections from the SDHC Lending Library. SDHC scholars present programs on topics for all ages and backgrounds, with nearly 150 Speakers Bureau events annually.

Looking to deepen your connection with the humanities? SDHC scholars will discuss musical healing in Uganda, the life and music of Badger Clark, creative writing, and much more.

Or, choose a Chautauqua performer to bring costumed characters to you: have Peter Grady play Ulysses S. Grant or Ray Maple act out the adventures of outlaw Tom O'Day.

The 2020 Catalog includes nearly 70 presenters able to discuss a variety of topics for just a $50 application fee.

Programs — South Dakota Festival of Books and One Book South Dakota

The catalog features information about the many programs and events facilitated by SDHC throughout the year, including the annual South Dakota Festival of Books, One Book South Dakota, and more.

The 2020 Festival will be held in Brookings Oct. 2-4, with Young Readers events in Sioux Falls Oct. 1. The Festival will feature this year's selections for One Book South Dakota, "Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church" by Megan Phelps-Roper and Young Readers One Book, "Bink & Gollie: Three for One" by Alison McGhee and Kate DiCamillo.

Humanities Grants for Non-profits

Learn how to apply for up to $7,000 in grant funding for a humanities project. What kinds of projects qualify and what are the deadlines? The catalog contains all the information you need to make a successful application.