Introducing At Home with the Humanities
At Home with the Humanities is our new resource for exploring the humanities from your living room.
As a statewide organization whose sole purpose is to provide humanities programming, the South Dakota Humanities Council often extols the value of self-examination and reflection, or "Exploring the Human Adventure." During these uncertain times, we find certainty, once again, in humanities-related activities such as reading, writing, discussing, studying.
From Our Blog
We will continue to provide ideas for book clubs, readers, writers and others who are looking to expand their minds and stay occupied during this period of quarantine. Below are two posts that should keep you busy for a while.
Save the World By Reading
If you've ever wanted to help save the world, we've got good news: You can.
Happily, your task is easier than those undertaken by your valiant literary heroes. You do not have to pursue a sorcerer's stone or find a missing ring.
Go Virtual with Your Book Club
While book club meetings are typically held in person, a teleconference is a strong substitution — certainly much better than no book club meeting at all. Don't cancel your monthly gathering. If you are not in a book club, start one virtually right now, when conversing with each other is so important.
SDHC not only recommends virtual book clubs, but also provides resources to help make them happen.
Past Festival Presenters
- Chris Van Dusen (2017): instructional drawing series on YouTube
- Carson Vaughan (2019 & 2020): Zoo Nebraska radio adaptation
- Kate DiCamillo (2014): Writing Tips from Kate DiCamillo
- Gene Luen Yang (2017): Facebook Live discussion of his new novel
BOOKS, AUTHORS, EDUCATION
- SAG-AFTRA celebrities read children's books.
- Authors Everywhere! Read-alouds and other activities.
- Oliver Jeffers does “Stay at Home Story Time” read-alouds every day on his website (and archives the videos)
- Mac Barnett reads a book every afternoon on Instagram Live
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home
- Jarrett J. Krosoczka will have live broadcasts of “Draw with JJK” every weekday at 1 p.m. Central. If you miss the live broadcast, each art lesson will be available later on his YouTube channel
Sources for Books
Discover Other Activities
We will continue to update our list of at-home resources and activities. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for all the latest information from the South Dakota Humanities Council about how you can engage in the humanities from your home.