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May 2019

MAY 2019

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Maybe your Reading- & Writing-Related Project Deserves a Prize!

Humanities Montana is now accepting nominations for the Montana Center for the Book Prize, awarded to programs that promote literacy and literature in the state. Up to five award-winning programs receive $1,000 cash, featured space on the Montana Center for the Book web page, and event promotion through Humanities Montana.

The prize recognizes programs that offer creative and wide-reaching literary programming, such as family reading groups that promote youth literacy, reading series that encourage active engagement with the literary arts, or high school workshops that support student participation. You can see a list of past winners and get more information about the nomination process on our website.

The deadline to submit nominating letters is July 15.

Opportunity Grants Awarded

We’re pleased to have the opportunity to support the following projects:

2019 Children’s Festival of the Book, Bozeman Public Library Foundation, $1,000. The 12th annual Children’s Festival of the Book will be held in area schools on Friday, November 8, and at the Bozeman Public Library on November 9.

Oral History Project with Rebekka Rafnsdóttir, Icelandic Multimedia Artist, Cottonwood ALC, Helena, $600. Author and video maker Rebekka Rafnsdóttir will work with students at Cottonwood school to gather oral histories and video with 102-year-old Irene Roberts of Helena.

True Stories Save Lives: A Postpartum Storytelling Endeavor, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Missoula, $1,000. Writers and performance artists April Charlo, Liz Song Mandell, and Melissa Bangs will share their birth and postpartum stories at Salish Kootenai College followed by a conversation focused on storytelling and trauma, May 25.

Humanities Montana Board Meets in Red Lodge

Board and staff will be holding their spring board meeting at the Roosevelt Center on May 17-18, 2019 in Red Lodge. For information about meeting times, contact our office. This meeting is open to the public.

Opportunity Grants

Opportunity Grants (quick-action grants up to $1,000) are currently available for organizations seeking funding for humanities programs. Look for Humanities Montana’s larger grant awards after November 1, 2019. Please call Humanities Montana’s staff at 243-6022 to discuss Opportunity Grants and other possible funders for your work.

Event Calendar

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Humanities Montana
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Missoula, MT, 59812-7848

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Impact Report: Speakers in the Schools Support Educators for National Teachers Month

In both rural and urban classrooms across the state, Montana’s educators are hooking kids with the humanities. Teachers recognize that our Speakers in the Schools program responds to their students’ desire to study meaningful issues that stress connections. The humanities promote active listening and critical thinking, challenge students to make connections among the five core subjects, and achieve more success in their education.

At Humanities Montana, we are diligently working to be one of the best resources for these hardworking teachers no matter where their classrooms are located. We provide access to scholars, authors and experts on a wide variety of humanities-based subjects to all Montana K-12 educators. We reached 14,486 students this year thanks to the educators who booked Speakers in the Schools programs.

Speakers in the Schools programs are always FREE to educators.

Thank you to all of our Montana teachers for developing broad interests and broad minds!


For more information visit Speakers in the Schools.

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Gather Round Toolkits Available

Gather Round is our newest humanities program, made for people who like to DIY. After a rousing kickoff in Chico, we are ready to get you started. Order a limited-edition toolkit and plan your own conversations with friends. The humanities happen in our daily lives when we talk about community, identity, and place. Start a campfire, plan a dinner party, invite your friends and use the kit to start a conversation. We have 38 free toolkits still available. Get yours now by filling out an easy online form.


Governor’s Humanities Awards Honoree Spotlight: Dr. Elizabeth McNamer

Dr. Elizabeth McNamer is a religious studies professor at Rocky Mountain College, scholar, advocate, and author of a newspaper column.

As noted by one of her nominators, Victoria Cech, Elizabeth "has devoted her life to the advancement, enjoyment, and communication of the humanities with unwavering passion for outreach for this discipline."

Elizabeth shared why she is so passionate about the humanities:

"The humanities have guided my life, been the center out of which I operated. I have introduced hundreds of students to the humanities over the years at Rocky Mountain College, taken dozens to Israel to ‘do’ archaeology and learn of our beginnings.

"Truly, Robert Hutchinson was right: 'We cannot choose whether to be human or not but we can choose whether to be the best humans we can be through the study of the humanities.'"

Read her full humanities impact statement by clicking on her photo on this page.

Hometown Happy Hour and Think & Drink with Lowell Jaeger

In celebration of all things Hometown Humanities, join board, staff, planners, shakers, movers, and wallflowers for Hometown Happy Hour at Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company followed by Think & Drink: The Art of Meaningful Conversation with Lowell Jaeger. Montana’s poet laureate and Humanities Montana’s beloved speaker will entertain and enlighten with his special brand of community conversation. This is a program that should not be missed! Free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 16 at Red Lodge Ales Brewing Co.

Hometown Happy Hour (dinner is on us!)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Think & Drink with Lowell Jaeger

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

News Literacy and the Future of Journalism

Red Lodge is the place to be. On Saturday, May 18 join us for News Literacy and the Future of Journalism, an Informed Citizen Forum at the Red Lodge Senior Center. Starting at 10:00 a.m. award-winning journalists, editors, authors and news analysts present on the hottest topics facing journalism today. The morning ends with a panel discussion featuring Sally Mauk, David McCumber, Laura Nelson, and Dennis Swibold, moderated by John Clayton. This panel brings together experienced journalists to talk about the importance of a robust media, the challenges we face as citizens who want to be informed, and ways we can engage with our community and government.

The event is free and open to the public. And whoever said there’s no such thing as free lunch? We’ll feed your mind and your belly before the day is done.