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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.



  1. Thanks to relief funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, non-profit organizations in South Dakota — including museums, libraries, historical societies, universities, resiliency support groups, and more —have been able to continue providing their vital humanities services. Continue Reading

  2. In 2021, the South Dakota Humanities Council helped cultural organizations overcome financial struggles related to the Coronavirus pandemic, hosted superstar authors and civil rights leaders and much more. Continue Reading

  3. From history conferences to indigenous culture lessons, newly-awarded South Dakota Humanities Council grants support a variety of projects. SDHC recently approved five such grants, distributing $30,000 to organizations around the state who will use the funds to provide South Dakotans with noteworthy humanities programs. Continue Reading

  4. Could the seemingly disparate studies of medical science and humanities be combined to create a comprehensive approach to human wellness? Continue Reading

Event Calendar

9:00 am | Lake Area Technical College Student Center
9:00 am | Lake Area Technical College Student Center
2:30 pm | Beresford High School
7:00 pm | Cherry Creek Bar & Grill Event Room, Lower level
12:00 pm | Historic Adams Research & Cultural Center
3:30 pm | South Dakota Art Museum, Auditorium

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. 

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
- Toni Morrison