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Humanities Now
June 2015

Apply to Be a Speaker by Wednesday, June 10th
Do you have an interesting topic to share? We are currently renewing the roster for AZ Speaks, a speakers bureau-style program. Speakers travel statewide delivering presentations to libraries, museums, community centers, schools, and other organizations. Share your humanities knowledge with audiences across the state! 

Applications are due Wednesday, June 10th. We have a new online application process available on our website. Accepted speakers will begin their 2-year commitment on November 1, 2015. Read more about AZ Speaks and apply to be a speaker.
Honoring Roger Lidman
By Thomas H. Wilson, Director of the Arizona Museum of Natural History

Our friend, Roger Lidman, director of Pueblo Grande Museum, lost his battle with cancer Sunday, May 31st.  Roger led Pueblo Grande for many years, and the wonderful institution that we now have is to a great extent the result of Roger's vision and leadership. Roger was also a prime mover in the preservation, interpretation and opening of Tovrea Castle.

Among his other professional accomplishments, Roger served as President of the Museum Association of Arizona and Chair of Arizona Humanities.  For many years, he represented Arizona at the National Alliance of State Museum Associations. Continue reading about Roger Lidman.
Archaeology's Deep Time Perspective on Environment and Social Sustainability
By Allen Dart 
What good is archaeology except to dig up and show off troves of trinkets? Is this "social science" relevant to modern society, to making our lives better?

Well, yes. The "deep time" perspective of archaeology and related disciplines is valuable for making decisions on how we deal with environmental change, natural hazards, and human adaptation today. Archaeology is a science that studies past human cultures by analyzing artifacts, living sites, and other features that people left behind on the landscape. Continue Reading about Archaeology and Social Sustainability.
World Refugee Day Phoenix 2015 on Saturday, June 13th
Join Arizona Humanities as we celebrate and support the refugee community in Phoenix. This free event at the new Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix (4309 East Belleview Street) invites adults and children of all ages for arts and crafts activities, cultural performances, refugee resettlement stories, and more. Arizona Humanities is partnering with BookPALS to offer reading and storytime for children and families. Learn more about World Refugee Day Phoenix.
Birobidzhan! Birobidzhan! Film Screening in Phoenix and Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture in Flagstaff
Mark your calendar for two great grantee programs this summer.

On Tuesday, June 9th, join the Arizona Jewish Historical Society for a screening of Birobidzhan! Birobidzhan!a film by the respected French novelist Marek Halter as he explores a unique region in Russia, interviewing residents about their past as well as their continued use of the Yiddish language. Read more about the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

On Independence Day weekend, Saturday July 4th to Sunday, July 5th, explore Hopi storytelling, music, and dances at the 82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Experience the Humanities Insights programs which allow visitors to experience Hopi language, history, and culture. Read More about the Hopi Festival
Congrats to Dr. Eduardo Pagán / Meet Matthew Rolland
Congratulations to Board Member and Grants Review Committee Chair Dr. Eduardo Pagán on his appointment to Associate Dean for Community Affairs for the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. Pagán is the Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History in New College and former vice provost for academic excellence and diversity. Read more about Dr. Pagan.

Welcome Matthew Roland to Arizona Humanities as Board Apprentice through the Manifesto Project. Matthew is a touring musician and director of the Tucson-based Americana music label, Sky Island Records.  Born and raised in Arizona, Matt is a two-time Arizona state fiddling champion and performs across the country with his folk and bluegrass band Run Boy Run. Read more about Matt Rolland.
Día De Los Niños, Día De Los Libros Brings Students Together for Day of Learning, Writing, and Reflection
On Monday, May 11th, over 600 middle school and high school students and their teachers attended the 5th annual Día De Los Niños / Día De Los Libros celebration. This program was funded by a Project Grant from Arizona Humanities and offered students an exciting day of exploring culture, language, and reading. Students had the opportunity to hear local and national authors talk about their stories, and were encouraged to share their own in breakout session workshops. There were musical performances and dances by the Yellow Bird Dancers. Check out photos from the event by the talented Bruce Matsunaga. View the Dia de Los Ninos Photos.
Speaker Barbara Marriott in Prescott, June 6th
From fashion copywriter to management consultant, from newspaper editor to university professor, Barbara Marriott's insatiable curiosity has taken her down many paths. Now her hunt for Western history has added another twist of excitement to her life. Marriott uses her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology as a tool for understanding the Old West and its fascinating characters. Read more about Barbara Marriott.

See Barbara Marriott present, Two Six Shooters Beat Four Aces: The Lives of Men on the Arizona Frontier at the Phippen Museum (4701 U.S. HWY 89N, Prescott, AZ 86301) on Saturday, June 6th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Now Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Humanities Awards
While summer is officially upon us, we are busy planning for the fall. Each year, Arizona Humanities honors individuals, organizations, or businesses for their contribution to and advancement of the humanities. This year, applications are due September 1, 2015. We accept nominations for three categories: Public Scholar, Friend of the Humanities, and Rising Star. Read more about the Humanities Awards and nominate a champion today.
A Look at Veterans Read and Share Stories

"I'm not alone." - Veterans Book Group Participant


This past spring, you may have seen announcements in our e-news and on our website about programs for veterans offered by Arizona Humanities. The programs took form in two ways: book discussion groups and writing workshops. We worked hard to make this experience a relaxed, friendly and comfortable place for veterans to share and discuss stories - from books and articles as well as their own. This month we'll take a look back at the book discussion groups and in a future e-news will give you a look into the writing workshops. Continue reading about veterans programs.

Upcoming Free Programs

Whether you enjoy Arizona history, poetry, performances, art history, or the culture of the West, we have an exciting calendar of programs. 

View The Events Calendar.
For Your Calendars

Are you starting to plan for 2016 this summer? Check out our recently added deadlines for Project Grants for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.

    View Project Grant deadlines.
Important Dates:
June 5th: Project Grants Applications Due
June 10th: AZ Speaks 2015-2017 Roster Applications Due
June 19-20th: Board of Directors Meeting
July 3rd: Office Closed for Independence Day
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Arizona Humanities (formerly the Arizona Humanities Council) is an independent non-profit organization and the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We support public programming in the humanities that promotes understanding of human thoughts, actions, creations, and values. Since its foundation in 1973, nearly $11 million has been provided to cultural and educational institutions throughout Arizona.

Mission: Arizona Humanities builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.

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