Voting: Why It Matters

The new award-winning short documentary "Without a Whisper/Konnon:Kwe," made by Mohawk Territory producer-director Katsitsionni Fox, tells a long-unheralded story about how the people of the matrilineal Iroquois Confederacy have been influencing public policy over time. The movie features Mohawk Clan Mother Louise Herne (right) and Women's Studies pioneer Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner. The two discussed the film and related issues during SDHC's kickoff event for Voting: Why It Matters.

South Dakota Programming Includes Louise Erdrich, Gloria Steinem

Through "Why It Matters," 43 Humanities Councils Across the Country and U.S. Territories Explore the History, Importance, and Impact of the American Electoral Process

The South Dakota Humanities Council has several events planned in 2021 for “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.

The Mellon Foundation awarded $1.96 million to the Federation of State Humanities Councils to support "Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation," which will explore civic participation as it relates to electoral engagement in a multivocal democracy.

South Dakota is one of 43 U.S. states and territories selected to participate in the initiative, which began in December and will run through spring 2021.

Authors, Scholars Featured in SDHC’s 2021 Programming for “Voting: Why It Matters.”

SDHC featured renowned women’s studies scholar Sally Roesch Wagner in its kickoff event Dec. 15, the first in a series of programs that has included Gloria Steinem, Thomas E. Patterson and Robert V. Burns and Louise Erdrich. See recordings of those programs below. The final Voting: Why It Matters event, "Who Votes in South Dakota?" will feature experts Frank Pommersheim, Amy Scott-Stolz, Sen. Troy Heinert, and Rep. Tamara St. John examining voter access among the state's population, particularly Native Americans, on Tuesday, April 6, at 7 pm CT/6 pm MT. Register here: http://bit.ly/WhoVotesSD

Programs in South Dakota and elsewhere in the United States explore the history of civic and electoral engagement, highlight and elevate varied perspectives, and bring people together to talk, share, learn, and listen using the humanities to promote understanding through historical context and conversation.

“We are thankful to the Mellon Foundation for providing this grant to fulfill a vital need for our modern-day democracy, and to the Federation of State Humanities Councils for offering us the opportunity to bring it to South Dakotans,” said SDHC executive director Ann Volin. “It is important for citizens to understand how vital their vote is and why voting matters.”

FINAL EVENT APRIL 6 (via Zoom)

  • "Who Votes in South Dakota?" The final Voting: Why It Matters event, will feature experts Frank Pommersheim, Amy Scott-Stolz, Sen. Troy Heinert, and Rep. Tamara St. John examining voter access among the state's population, particularly Native Americans, on Tuesday, April 6, at 7 pm CT/6 pm MT.

    Register here: http://bit.ly/WhoVotesSD

Event Coverage: Blog Posts and Other News

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About the Federation of State Humanities Councils

Founded in 1977, the Federation of State Humanities Councils is the national member association of the U.S. state and jurisdictional humanities councils. Our purpose is to provide leadership, advocacy, and information to help members advance programs that engage millions of citizens across diverse populations in community and civic life.

This program was funded by the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Event Calendar

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2:00 pm | Grand Living at Lake Lorraine
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7:00 pm | VIRTUAL PROGRAM
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5:30 pm | Hand County Library