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November 2015
Buy Your Tickets to the Arizona Humanities Awards

The Arizona Humanities Awards takes place this Friday, November 13th from 4:30-7:00p.m. at the North Mountain Visitor Center (12950 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85022). Please join us for a wonderful evening in the beautiful desert while enjoying appetizers, drinks, silent auction & live music. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased on our website. Questions? Contact Missy Shackelford, Office Administrator at 602-257-0335 x29 or

Award Recipients from left to right: Dr. Paul Espinosa, Alberto Álvaro Ríos,
Dr. Michael Vincent, Rivka Rocchio

Grantee Highlight - Bisbee Film Festival, November 18-22

The Bisbee Film Festival: One People One Planet (BFF) is committed to showing U.S. and international films that focus on how humans treat each other and our environment. Topics cover issues facing society today and in the future.

From November 18-22, the festival presents critically acclaimed, diverse curated selections from around the world, shown in superior HD. Screenings are followed by intimate conversations with filmmakers and speakers. Selected films will deal with a variety of issues challenging audiences to consider how we communicate and what we think; how to interpret what we see and hear; and how to understand and respond to differences. Watch a trailer for the film festival.

For schedule and full details, visit
Arizona Humanities Announces New Officers

Arizona Humanities is pleased to announce the appointment of new officers to the Board of Directors.

Dr. Barbara Baderman Chair
Edgar Olivo
Vice Chair

Evan Burks

Anne Doyle
Dr. George Justice
AZ Speaks Online Catalog - Search by Subject & Speakers
The new AZ Speaks catalog offers many new speakers and topics. We will be profiling speakers in the coming months, but until then, you can browse presentations by speaker or subject. If you are an educator looking for a speaker to bring to your classroom, you can search at Speakers in the Schools.

New AZ Speaks presenters:

  • Lisa Barca
  • Vincent Bruno
  • Carrie Cannon
  • R. Casey Davis
  • Thomas J. Davis
  • Joanne Deck
  • Jane Eppinga
  • Lynda Exley
  • Marcia Fine
  • Sharona Frederick
  • Frederick W. Gooding, Jr.
  • Lisa Schnebly Heidinger
  • Doug Hocking
  • Kathleen Ingley
  • Tamika Lamb-Sanders
  • Royce and Debbie Manuel
  • Alberto Olivas
  • Nancy Parezo
  • Stella Pope Duarte
  • Patrick Pynes
  • David Schildkret
  • Danko Sipka
  • Rodo Sofranac
  • Lawrence Stevens
  • Michael Tueller
  • Liz Warren
  • Li Yang

Donor Salute - Sally Shackelford 

Arizona Humanities extends its sincere thanks to Sally Shackelford for her donation towards the fence to protect the Ellis-Shackelford House. Sally was motivated to preserve a piece of family, Phoenix history and to protect a place she holds near and dear to her heart. Sally is part of the family that originally built the house in 1917. Arizona Humanities is grateful to Sally Shackelford and the use of the amazing house where we work to bring the humanities to all Arizonans.

Authors Night with Poet Truth B. Told - Tuesday, December 1st

The same wit, candor, and addictive, engaging attitude that Truth B. Told is known for is transferred from the stage to the page in "Words I Remember", a collection of poems from the award-winning spoken word artist. Truth B. Told will read selected pieces from this book, including fan favorites as well as rare and never before performed poems. Topics vary from relationships and personal struggles, to societal issues and life observations, all delivered in a vibrant style guaranteed to make you laugh, think, and be moved to tears. A brief Q & A session with Truth B. Told will take place at the conclusion of the reading.

Debt of Honor Film Screenings in Cottonwood & Sedona

Join Arizona Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Verde Valley Librarians for a free screening of the Ric Burns film, Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History. Each screening is followed by a conversation and Q&A.
  • Friday, December 4 - 1:00 to 4:00pm - Cottonwood Recreation Center (150 S 6th St, Cottonwood, AZ 86326)
  • Monday, December 7 - either 10:00am or 6:00pm at Sedona Public Library (3250 White Bear Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336)
Debt of Honor examines the way in which the American government and society have regarded disabled veterans throughout history, beginning with the Revolutionary War and moving forward to include the current conflicts in the Middle East. Each program features Coffee with a Vet meet & greet with light snacks included. There will also be resource tables present setup for veterans and family members to learn more about services available in the Verde Valley.
Check out photos from Ghostly Stories
Over 100 people attended our first Ghostly Stories program on October 27th at the 98-year old Ellis-Shackelford House (home of Arizona Humanities). Ghouls and goblins alike enjoyed face painting, balloons, crafts, snacks, and storytime. Scary and inspiring costumes were a sight to see!
Marshall Shore, Arizona's own Hip Historian told local ghost stories from around Arizona, and also showed amazing clips from spooky and bizarre film trailers. Enthusiastic volunteers from BookPALS read stories, and free books were given to every child. Thank you to everyone who attended and volunteered to help make this event so much fun!
National Humanities Conference in St. Louis

Arizona Humanities staff and board members attended the National Humanities Conference in St. Louis last week. 56 state councils congregated in the Gateway City to meet, share, and learn from one another. Here is a photo of The St. Louis Arch Visitor's Center and the Arch!
Looking for our logo?

If it's been awhile since you visited our website, you might not know that all of our logos reside under our News & Resources section. We also provide a helpful guide of how to use (and how not to use) our logo for publicizing your programs supported by Arizona Humanities.

Use the Arizona Humanities logo when your organization is a:
* Project Grant Recipient
* AZ Speaks Host
* Program Partner

Visit the Arizona Humanities Logos page.
Job Opening - Development Director 

We are seeking an experienced Development Director to join the staff who will design and implement the development strategy of Arizona Humanities. 

Important Dates:
November 11 - Veterans Day - Office *Open*
November 13 - Arizona Humanities Awards
November 16 - Office Closed
November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closed
December 1 - Authors Night with Truth B. Told
About Arizona Humanities
Arizona Humanities 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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