On this day in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that segregation of public schools “solely on the basis of race” denies black children “equal educational opportunity.” Thurgood Marshall argued the Brown v. Board of Education case before the Court. He went on to become the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court.
Archive for the ‘Humanities Programs in Focus’ Category
Emily Rock is curator at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, where she manages the artifact collection, coordinates educational programs, and curates exhibits. She is passionate about community building and works to make history come alive with creative approaches to storytelling.
Asylum: Out of the Shadows, open through May 20th at The History Museum at the Castle, is the result of Emily’s and others’ effort tell the story of the Outagamie County Asylum. With this exhibition, the museum ambitiously sought ‘truth and reconciliation’ for past abuses and aimed to personalize the stories of the residents and employees. We are proud to be a funder of this community exploration as part of our Working Lives Project.
The humanities are about who we are and how we fit together.
There couldn’t be a more important time to talk about why the humanities matter. As we’ve said here before, the humanities are critical to civic discourse, community building, local identity, regional culture, and democracy.
What is the Wisconsin Humanities Council’s role in this? If the National Endowment for the Humanities is cut from the Federal budget, as has been proposed, the WHC would longer exist. If that happens, what will Wisconsin lose?
Or to put it another way, what is the real impact of the public humanities in Wisconsin? What strikes us most is how, like pebbles skipped across a pond, the community projects we support have many ripples.
Each WHC grant and every event we hold sets into motion untold numbers of creative ideas and personal connections, crossing through local and regional networks and touching every Wisconsinite. Read More
We’re pleased to award $62,195 in Mini and Major Grants to twelve incredible projects that tackle everything from the Holocaust to Shakespeare. The Wisconsin Humanities Council couldn’t fund these projects without support from the National Endowment of the Humanities. The NEH provides 90% of the funding that enables us to bring great programming, support and services to the state of Wisconsin. Project sponsors match grants in their community with an average of $3 for every $1 we award.
Congratulations to these twelve organizations! These incredible projects tell meaningful stories about Wisconsin and bring communities together to explore important themes. We welcome you to be a part of the story and see these projects and events.
Inspiration starts here!
The annual “Talking Spirit’s” walking tour produced by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum highlights the local and state history buried in the picturesque Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison. Every year, about 2,000 school children arrive by the busload to walk the grounds with a knowledgeable tour guide. Along the paths, they stop to hear from four people, all actors in period clothing portraying real people. The scripts for these characters are researched by the museum staff and written by a playwright. They are chosen to reveal often lesser-known experiences of the Civil War. History comes to life through these real stories and theatrical vignettes.
Howard Brooks was of these characters for the fall 2016 Talking Spirits tour. Read More
In 2010, Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, finished his first year on the job and a 50-state “civility tour.” Today, when aggressively hyper-partisan politics leave the nation feeling more deeply divided than ever, the idea of a federal agency leader preaching civility can seem weirdly idealistic. But Leach had spent 30 years in Congress prior to the NEH, which might damage a person’s idealism, but should hopefully add to their realism – at least about what we should ask of the federal government. Read More
Congratulations to these seven organizations! These projects tell Wisconsin’s stories and bring communities together to explore important themes and reach groups often overlooked. We welcome you to be a part of the story and see these projects and events.
Inspiration starts here!
It’s through the reflection allowed by the humanities that we gain the perspectives that help us heal.
We’ve been looking at measuring the impact of humanities programs through evaluation. Last time, I wrote about evaluating impact internally – how we improve our own programs with honest post mortems. This article focuses on our external impact and talking about why the humanities matter. Read More
What is it like to be a cop, and black?
When a white state trooper pulled over a black off-duty Madison police officer, Corey Saffold, what did the trooper assume about the man with dreadlocks and a gun – officer Saffold’s service pistol – on the passenger seat? What did the trooper do next? Read More