Blog

  1. August 7, 2020
    Journalist and author Lee Shippey said, “The right book at the right time, may mean more in a person’s life than anything else.”
  2. August 1, 2020
    Every summer, the statewide South Dakota Humanities Council’s One Book South Dakota author tours South Dakota to meet readers and fans. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s author, former Westboro Baptist Church member Megan Phelps-Roper, is interacting with fans virtually.
  3. July 20, 2020
    The South Dakota Humanities Council has opened a second round of grant funding to assist South Dakota cultural organizations struggling to maintain operations during the coronavirus pandemic.
  4. July 17, 2020
    The South Dakota Humanities Council, in cooperation with longtime SDHC scholar Lawrence Diggs, has developed a weekly discussion program to address civic unrest and racial bias in the wake of the George Floyd incident in Minneapolis.
  5. July 8, 2020
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president in a landslide in 1932. Dust storms were on the rise; 14 were reported across the country, and the number would double in the following year. World War I veterans marched on Washington, D.C., demanding back pay and pensions to help survive the growing Depression.
  6. June 28, 2020
    Melanie Benjamin was a struggling author when a chance encounter changed the direction of her writing career. Her first two novels of contemporary fiction weren’t selling, so to take her mind off her troubles, she visited a Chicago art museum that was hosting an exhibition of Lewis Carroll’s photography.
  7. June 19, 2020
    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. 2-4 in Brookings.
  8. June 14, 2020
    We previously announced our pivot to virtual book club discussions; now, our Speakers Bureau events will be held online as well.
  9. June 5, 2020
    When we look to cure our physical ailments, we turn to science — especially now, when a vaccine is needed to stem a pandemic.
  10. May 29, 2020
    Throughout the history of the One Book program, the South Dakota Humanities Council has selected books that propel our mission, helping us create a more well-read and, by extension, more engaged and thoughtful state of South Dakota.