Free Download – 2019 South Dakota Humanities Council Program Catalog Released

Exploring Humanities Definitions — and 2019 SDHC Programs

"Since the nineteenth century, the humanities have generally been defined as the disciplines that investigate the expressions of the human mind."

The humanities are explored in diverse ways through South Dakota Humanities Council programming. The 2019 SDHC Program Catalog explores the definition of humanities in the context of the above quote by author Rens Bod, explains the opportunities offered for civil discourse by the 2019 One Book South Dakota selections and provides a comprehensive look at SDHC's 2019 programs and events.

All this — and much more – can be accessed for free by downloading the e-version of the catalog on our website. Visit this link to view the catalog directly in your browser or click the button below to download a free digital copy of the 2019 Catalog. If you'd like a printed copy mailed to you, please contact us at info@sdhumanities.org or call 605-688-6113. Printed copies will be available in 1-2 weeks.

What Information is in the SDHC Program Catalog?

Our catalog is your complete guide to SDHC programs and events. Use it to book a speaker, borrow books for your book club, or find out more about our activities. Read about recurring events like the South Dakota Festival of Books and One Book South Dakota and discover newly-launched programs.

Browse the catalog for detailed information about the following:

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 of the information you need to make a successful application.

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 at community events for a variety of organizations. SDHC scholars present programs on topics for all ages and backgrounds, with nearly 150 Speakers Bureau events annually. 

Looking to learn more about the humanities? SDHC scholars will teach you how to navigate interpersonal relationships or study the oral traditions of Native Americans — you can even join musicians in song with homemade instruments. Or, if you prefer to be entertained and educated, choose a Chautauqua performer to bring costumed characters to you, such as South Dakota's first governor, Calvin Mellette.

The 2019 catalog includes nearly 70 presenters able to discuss a variety of topics for just a $50 application fee. Who is on the 2019 roster, and which topics are available? Download the catalog to find out.

Cowboy Poet Hazyn Sherer of Draper, S.D. (far left) performs at the September 2018 Dakota Western Heritage Festival in Ft. Pierre as Carmen Cowan Magee and Willie Cowan (far right) look on. Photo courtesy of the Dakota Western Heritage Festival.

The 2019 South Dakota Humanities Council Program Catalog contains information about and showcases SDHC programs and events, such as the SDHC grant-funded 2018 Dakota Western Heritage Festival. In the above photo, cowboy Poet Hazyn Sherer of Draper, S.D. (far left) performs at the September event in Ft. Pierre as Carmen Cowan Magee and Willie Cowan (far right) look on. Photo courtesy of the Dakota Western Heritage Festival.

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

The SDHC facilitates and hosts many programs and events throughout the year, including the annual South Dakota Festival of Books, Young Readers South Dakota Festival of Books, One Book South Dakota, and more.

The 2019 Festival and Young Readers Festival will be held Oct. 3-6, 2019 in Deadwood and Rapid City. The Festival will feature this year's selections for One Book South Dakota, "Neither Wolf nor Dog" by Kent Nerburn, and Young Readers One Book, "Tatanka and Other Legends of the Lakota People" by Donald F. Montileaux.

Download the catalog to find out more about these two authors and the others who will be attending.

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