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Watch Gloria Steinem Discuss 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!

SDHC Provides South Dakota Organizations with COVID-19 Emergency Support

The South Dakota Humanities Council offered grant funding to assist South Dakota cultural organizations struggling to maintain operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The CARES grant provided unrestricted operating support, humanities program support, or both to qualifying organizations impacted by COVID-19. A total of $414,215.20 has been awarded to 49 organizations in 30 counties. 



  1. During an ongoing pandemic and a frigid South Dakota winter, the South Dakota Humanities Council is providing extra ways to get reading material into the hands of people who would enjoy it. Continue Reading

  2. For more than half a century, American icon Gloria Steinem has led the fight for women’s rights. Now, she brings her stories from the front lines of the movement to South Dakota Humanities Council audiences during an exclusive virtual event. Continue Reading

  3. The 2021 guide to all things South Dakota Humanities Council has been released. Continue Reading

  4. The 2021 One Book South Dakota “The Children’s Blizzard” has arrived: gather your book club and plan to find a cozy place to immerse yourselves in a story that unfolded during a South Dakota winter. Continue Reading

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