What IS Humanities Iowa?
What, even, are the humnanities?
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Pursuant to Humanities Iowa bylaws, notice is hereby given that the Humanities Iowa Board of Directors (BOD) will meet on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, to conduct its semi-annual meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. During the course of the meeting, the BOD will approve major grant awards as well as address issues of policy and procedure. The meeting will take place via Zoom session.
The Board of Directors of Humanities Iowa is profoundly disappointed that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has decided to terminate its longstanding ties with Humanities Iowa, the venerable Iowa organization that has helped launch and supported public programs dedicated to inclusion, equity, and the spectrum of cultural heritages in Iowa for almost 50 years. Humanities Iowa vigorously disputes the accuracy and veracity of claims made by NEH leadership in support of its decision.
Humanities Iowa seeks nominations for members to serve on its Board of Directors. The nomination process is open and nominations will be received on a rolling basis. Those persons interested in serving are welcome to nominate themselves. Nominees must be residents of Iowa. Nominations will be reviewed by the Board’s Nominations Committee. Directors serve a 3-year term with possible re-nomination for a second 3-year term. We are seeking qualified candidates from all walks of life who demonstrate a commitment to the humanities in public life.
Beginning in February, HI will send David Plowden's photographic exhibition called A Sense of Place to the Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska. The Homestead Monument commemorates passage of the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres of federally owned land in exchange for five years of residence and the cultivation and improvement of the property.
In case you missed the release of our print publication Voices from the Prairie, it's now available for free through your web browser. Click on the picture of the cover below to begin reading now. If you would like to be added to our print mailing list, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
HI has received major private foundation support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils to promote public discourse and open debate about what it means to be an informed citizen in our democracy. This initiative seeks to deepen the public's knowledge and apprecation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism and the environment. HI received a $29,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation in 2017, and this grant continues work on that same initiative, striving to bring the humanities from the academy to main street.
Here's a round-up of humanities events we've supported around the state over the last couple of months. For more information on our events past and future, click here.
Monument Valley Exhibition
Des Moines Art Center
Des Moines, IA