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Let us inspire you. Every other week, we publish original ideas and stories. Our blog is a gathering place for sharing and learning.

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.

 

Race

Race

Winter 16-17

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.

Remembering

Remembering

Summer 2016

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.

Excellence

Excellence

Spring 2016

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.

Art

Art

Summer 2015

  As a playwright, I like to explore the interplay between individuals and their times. How does one influence and perhaps illuminate the other? – more

True Stories

True Stories

Spring 2015

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.

Working

Working

Fall 2014

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.

Learning

Learning

Spring 2014

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. “

Endurance

Endurance

Fall 2013

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.

Belonging

Belonging

Spring 2013

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 & Found

Lost & Found

Spring 2012

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.

Key Ingredients

Key Ingredients

Winter 2011

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

Beliefs

Fall 2010

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.

Making It Home

Making It Home

Spring 2010

“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.