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THIS WEEK: A Complicated Truth & Milwaukee History
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You’ll find articles about outstanding and innovative public humanities projects.
You’ll find articles from the WHC staff with tips for putting together strong grant proposals.
You’ll find articles from people around the state who, like you, care about building community.
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Are you on our mailing list? Several times a year, we publish essays and ideas focused on a theme. Here are back issues for your enjoyment and just let us know if you want to receive ON in the mail.
In this issue of On, we explore some of the issues around race and ethnicity in Wisconsin. As the national conversation about race changes, the WHC invites conversation and reflection.
In this issue of On, Erika Janik continues our celebration of the Pulitzer Prize centennial by testing our knowledge of winners with Wisconsin roots. And we share a few stories from some grant recipients that we think you’ll enjoy.
This year marks the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize. We are using the anniversary to inspire young people with the values represented by Pulitzer Prize-winning work.
Personal stories offer individual insight that can change how we think and feel about other human beings. Taking our stories beyond the confines of our homes gives them a new kind of power. If we take the time to listen, stories can change us.
Mike Perry has done many things to make a living, but today he finds his hands are soft and his shoulders slumped from the work that pays the bills. “Where I come from, it is always tricky when a person with soft hands delivers a discourse on hard work,” he begin in an essay he wrote to help us kick off our Working Lives Project.
True learning happens when people feel a personal connection to something and grow to care about it. In the lead essay, a UW-Milwaukee professor follows the interests of her students and discovers what happens. “They now see themselves as Milwaukee’s new leaders. “
We think not only of people, but of ideas, cultures and institutions enduring. In this issue, a compelling essay by Rachel Monaco-Wilcox of Mount Mary University in Milwaukee reflects on a transformational writing project involving victims of sexual violence.
Humans thrive when they know the feeling of belonging. In this issue, the filmmaker Matthew Brown shares his story of getting to know members of the Hmong community where he lives. He says he knew only stories of unbelonging and wanted to make a film that showed another perspective.
Lost: A mitten. A Fortune. An election. Found: A job. An answer. A garage sale treasure. This issue of On, an essay about moving to Wisconsin, and what the author left behind and what was found, somewhat unexpectedly.
In this issue of On, we get a sampling of writing about cooking, recipes, regional specialties, industry, tradition, cultural celebrations, farming, consumerism, scarcity, and how food brings us together.
Beliefs can be held tightly, loosely, widely and long. They can be shared, guarded, unspoken, questioned, defended, preached and shattered. In this issue of On, a handful of authors, poets and other thinkers from across Wisconsin to reflect on the role beliefs have played in their lives.
“Home is no longer a tightly defined space in a constricted present.” The essays in this issue of On reveal common values and seek to make sense of our differences. We find that home is found both on the land and in community.
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