Humanities Now
August 2015

Humanities Award Nominations Due September 1st
Honor an outstanding individual, organization, or business for their contribution to and advancement of the humanities. Nominations are due September 1, 2015. Previous nominees are encouraged to reapply. We are looking for nominations in three categories: Public Scholar, Friend of the Humanities, and Rising Star. Submit a Humanities Award Nomination today! Questions, contact Dr. Nicole Blalock, Grants Manager.
*AZ Speaks Alert* Book Speakers Through December 31st
Fans of AZ Speaks! You can now book speakers using the current AZ Speaks catalog for scheduling through December 31st, 2015. Please visit our current catalog, and book a speaker for your organization today. Then stay tuned - we will be releasing a new catalog of speakers and presentations in late September available using our new online systemTo book a current AZ Speaks presentation, contact Ellie Hutchison, Programs Manager and view the catalog.
Take Our Survey and Help Us Improve
Please take a few moments to offer feedback on our programs, grants, and communications. Let us know how we are doing and what we can do better. All feedback is welcome and every response matters. We will be collecting survey responses through September 15th.  Click here to take our survey.
Donor Salute - Papago Salado Association

Arizona Humanities extends sincere thanks to the Papago Salado Association ("PSA") and the Board of Directors for their generous gift. For over 20 years PSA has worked to preserve Arizona history through collaboration, regional cooperation, and cultural heritage tourism. PSA successfully applied for and managed a $100,000 Preserve America federal grant project to create a Cultural Heritage Marketing Plan for the region, which included the creative Story Tour initiative.Click here to read about Story Tour and the Papago Salado Assocation.

Welcome Dr. Nicole Blalock, Grants Manager
Nicole is an experienced educator, cross-sector collaborator, researcher, and artist who earned her M.A. in Native American Studies and Ph.D. in School Organization & Education Policy from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining Arizona Humanities, Nicole completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in educational equity in diverse schools at Arizona State University. Read more about Nicole or contact Nicole with your grants questions.
Grantee Highlight: Game of Thrones Symposium
No spoilers here! We know we have Game of Thrones devotees out there. Fans of the popular HBO TV show should check out the Hierarchy and Violence Symposium on Saturday, September 19th at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library from 10:30am to 2:30pm. This program created by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will explore the intersection of history, film, and literature as it relates to hierarchy and violence. Click here to read more about the Game of Thrones Symposium.
Board Member Highlight: Dr. Lydia Breunig
Dr. Lydia Breunig is Director of Community Outreach and Special Projects at the University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Breunig organizes public events and coordinates the college's involvement with community projects that promote Arizona's cultural, social, and economic vitality.  Read more about Dr. Lydia Breunig.
First Hop, Skip & Jump into Summer Reading a Success!
Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, and helped make this inaugural event fantastic! Families and children were able to hear stories from local authors, make arts and crafts, dance to music, and much more. Check out photos on facebook.
Stella Pope Duarte at Arizona Humanities September 17th
Save the date for Thursday, September 17th! Arizona Humanities will host renowned Phoenix author Stella Pope Duarte for an evening of discussion and reflection on Migration, Mestizaje and the New Millenium. More information coming soon! Click here to RSVP to Stella Pope Duarte.
Marty Manning Interviews Brenda Thomson
Longtime listeners of KEZ 99.9 will recognize the voice of Marty Manning who has been on Phoenix radio stations for over 30 years and a supporter of nonprofits across the valley. In July, Marty interviewed Executive Director Brenda Thomson for his Valley Views program. Click here to listen to the interview.
Now Hiring: Development Director
We are seeking an experienced Development Director to join the staff who will design and implement the development strategy of Arizona Humanities. Click here to learn more about the Development Director position.
News from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Congratulations to the Heard Museum and Arizona State University on receiving grant awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH awarded over $36 million to 212 humanities projects across the country. Click here to read more about NEH grants.

Are you a public scholar and looking for funds to publish your research? NEH now offers grants to enable the publication of nonfiction books that will bring important humanities scholarship into book clubs and onto best-seller lists. Click here to learn more about the Public Scholar program.
Humanities Faculty Needed for Phoenix Clemente Course
The Clemente Course in the Humanities seeks faculty to teach in a pilot Clemente Course targeted to women veterans in Phoenix, starting in January, 2016.

The Clemente Course in Phoenix will be hosted by Veterans First and the Southwest Chapter of the Arizona Business and Professional Women's FoundationIf you are interested in being part of this initiative, please contact Lela Hilton, Program Director for Clemente Course in the Humanities at hiltonl@olympus.net or 360-732-0007.  

Arizona's Spirit, Beauty & Potential Through Photographs
"The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power - to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common." -First Lady Michelle Obama

Our friends at the Arizona Commission on the Arts are holding a photo contest this month in preparation for branding their new NEXT50 Planning Initiative. Professional and amateur photographers in Arizona are invited to submit images that capture Arizona's spirit, beauty, and potential by August 28th, 2015. Click here for more info on NEXT50.
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Important Dates:
August 21st: Board of Directors Meeting
September 1st: Humanities Awards Nominations Deadline
September 7th: Labor Day / Office Closed
September 17th: Authors Night with Stella Pope Duarte
 
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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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