Seven Montanans receive the Governor’s Humanities Award: John and Anna Brumley, Walter Fleming, Larry Lahren, Mary Murphy, Lawrence Small, and Robert Swartout.
Grants include funding for a major lecture series on science and the humanities at Flathead Valley Community College, a digital history of the Blackfoot Flood, a Young Chautauqua program at Great Falls High School, and statewide support for book festivals and reading and discussion programs.
Humanities Montana Festival of the Book features standing-room only performance by Sherman Alexie, author luncheon with James Lee Burke, and gala reading with Tami Haaland, Richard Manning, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Jamie Ford.
Hometown Humanities Dillon kicks off with a downtown walking tour and community conversation about the importance of the humanities.
“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” a special reading and discussion program dedicated to increasing understanding of Islamic cultures, takes place in Dillon and Missoula.
Montana Office of Public Instruction and Montana State Parks provide grants to support Speakers in the Schools and Speakers in the Parks.
“The Heart of the Matter,” national report on value of humanities, released, and Governor Steve Bullock issues eloquent testimonial to importance of humanities for Montanans.