Brainstorming: The Human Connection
Schedule (Sessions are on Thursdays via Zoom at 10:30 a.m.)
- Jan. 6 | Medical Humanities Featuring Lawrence Diggs in conversation with Peter Hoesing, a member of the ethics and humanities faculty at the University of South Dakota's Sanford School of Medicine. Hoesing will discuss his new grant project, "Shaping Medical Humanities in South Dakota," which explores the benefits of integrating humanities-related practices — such as music therapy, art therapy, and integrative medicine — with traditional medicine. Participants will be asked to consider the following questions: Have you ever thought about combining the healing power of humanities with traditional medicine? What might the benefits or results be?
- Jan. 13 | How Are You Doing? SDHC launched Brainstorming in July 2020 to address civic unrest and racial bias in the wake of the George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis — and to create connection for the quarantined, a forum for open conversations with active listeners. Participants will be asked to consider the following questions: How are you doing at this point in the pandemic, as COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise? Have any particular activities been helpful for you? Are there any topics that would be helpful for you to discuss in future Brainstorming sessions?
- Jan. 20 | Reinventing Yourself Featuring Sioux Falls business owner Arthur McCray in conversation with host Lawrence Diggs, this discussion will focus on personal change and transformation. After suffering a serious knee injury playing college basketball, McCray decided to transfer his energy from the court to the business world. He reinvented himself in the process to create Advie, a matchmaking service in Sioux Falls that pairs businesses with marketing agencies. After hearing McCray’s story, audience members will be asked to discuss the following questions: Have you ever reinvented yourself? If so, how did you do it? How can a person know when such a life-changing decision should be made?
- Jan. 27 | Staying Positive Mental health is a constant struggle for many people, and we are often advised to "stay positive" as a coping mechanism. Do you believe in the power of positivity? Do you practice "staying positive?" If so, can you share ideas or techniques?
- Feb. 3 | Our History is the Future Host Lawrence Diggs discusses the 2022 One Book South Dakota, Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance with author Nick Estes.
- Feb. 10 | Discussing SDHC's 50th Anniversary, Part 1 Featuring Lawrence Diggs in conversation with former South Dakota Humanities Council board chair Terri Davis about the 50th Anniversary of SDHC on Feb. 16, 2022.
- Feb. 17 | Discussing SDHC's 50th Anniversary, Part 2 Featuring Lawrence Diggs in conversation with South Dakota State University Professor Emeritus Charles Woodard, who was involved in the founding of the organization, about the 50th Anniversary of the South Dakota Humanities Council.
- Feb. 24 | Identity What is identity? Is it important, if so why? Are there downsides?
Brainstorming Video Highlights
Diggs Hosting Weekly Sessions
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. When it becomes safe once again to meet in person, sessions will be held in person. Until then, participants will gather via Zoom. Diggs will use his humanities expertise to introduce and connect people with one another to help avoid tragic misunderstandings like the one that occurred in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, when George Floyd, an African-American man, died after police kneeled on his back and neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Read our official statement on that situation here).
Since this event, unrest has spread across the US, stemming from deeply rooted racial injustices that plague both America's past and present. As a State Humanities Council, it is our duty to provide humanities solutions to heal communities across their states and facilitate meaningful conversations in light of these circumstances.
NOTE: SDHC expects program participants to behave respectfully. Any questionable conduct may be considered grounds for removal from program participation.
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About: Diggs is the host of Brainstorming: The Human Connection, a weekly South Dakota Humanities Council discussion series on forging human relationships. Audience participation is encouraged. Please note the meetings will be recorded. If you'd prefer not to be on the recording, you can attend and listen with your video and/or microphone turned off.
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