For the Love of Humanities: Program Officer Sam Dwyer

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Our Program Officer Sam Dwyer first joined Humanities Montana in 2011. She has been integral to program planning and implementation for several years, but her work in the humanities has been a lifelong endeavor.

As a little girl, Sam “wanted to know everything.” In her words, it was an outrageous goal that took the place of more reasonable career aspirations. Since then, she’s been a barista, worked as a framer in an art gallery, counted predation events and feedings on grainy video at the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, copyedited the now-defunct Missoula Independent, and taught at The American International School of Muscat in Oman. But her home is at Humanities Montana.

Sam’s relationship with the humanities developed as she attended the University of Montana. An enthusiastic learner, Sam engaged with a wide spectrum of topics, taking courses ranging from ceramics and astronomy to poetry and trigonometry. After exploring a variety of interests, Sam decided that literature offered her the widest opportunity to read and learn about as many things as possible.

From designing the new Gather Round pilot program to her work facilitating Montana Conversations, Sam is especially passionate about showcasing the Montana experts, scholars and writers doing the best humanities work in our state.