Humanities Programs in Focus | August 3, 2017 | By: Dena Wortzel
For many veterans of the Vietnam War, coming home was not about waving flags, proud friends and relatives, and open arms, as it was for the two veterans of Iraq who I helped to welcome home. Vietnam vets often felt, and were indeed treated, like pariahs even by family and friends. As Wisconsin veteran Bruce Canny told me recently, “Back then it was more or less to your advantage to keep it secret.” He recalls being shunned by one of his wife’s relatives, though they later became close.
It has been fifty years since Dow Chemical, the producer of napalm, was driven from the UW-Madison campus by the war’s opponents while, from towns across Wisconsin, men like Canny were being shipped to Vietnam – destined to come back changed, or not at all. Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus | June 28, 2017 | By: Jessica Becker
We’re pleased to award $71,460 to eight outstanding projects that explore history, culture, race and ethnicity, youth leadership and regional folklore and lifeways. 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 eight organizations! These 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!
Humanities Programs in Focus | March 30, 2017 | By: Jessica Becker
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
Humanities Programs in Focus | March 2, 2017 | By: Jessica Becker
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!
Humanities Programs in Focus | October 20, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
We’re pleased to award $49,921 to five incredible projects that tackle everything from race and ethnicity to a look at past, present and future water infrastructure explored via a mobile video game.
Congratulations to these five 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!
Humanities Programs in Focus | June 22, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
Eight Major Grants total $73,057!
Congratulations to our summertime Major Grant recipients. These eight outstanding projects represent the breadth of the public humanities, as well as the potential. These projects address important topics, from human trafficking to the treatment of the mentally ill to the relationship between archaeologists and native tribal communities. In eight different ways, these projects answer the question, “Why do the humanities matter?”
We are so proud to help support these efforts with grants from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Thank you for taking a moment to read about these projects, for learning more, and for being engaged in the public humanities in so many ways. Click on the organizational names to visit their websites and check out our Calendar of Events to find these exhibitions, programs, events and films over the coming year.
Humanities Programs in Focus | March 2, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
Congratulations to the following five groups for their recent Major Grant awards! If you read only the project titles, you may wonder at the ways these projects seem to be of a piece. It is as if, together, they are on a humanities mission.
The common reference to water is most obvious (Water Shapes Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s Underwater Treasures, Art on Tap: Wisconsin’s Early Breweries…). And indeed, water is a fundamental force that influences the culture and people of this region. When the students in Mt. Horeb consider the relationship between geography and music, they will find that musical traditions travel across the oceans to find purchase in places like Wisconsin. For students participating the the summer programs in Oulu, a town of about 500 people just six miles from the shore of Lake Superior, the stories they’ll learn of Finnish settlement in the area are intimately connected with Great Lakes culture.
There is also, we think, a strong resonance among the five funded projects that speaks to a desire for understanding how our place in Wisconsin fits in the wider world. Knowing how we fit helps us grapple with the continuity and brevity of our individual existence. And it is at the core of what The Humanities do.
So while each of these projects is unique and offers something special to its audience, together they increase our collective understanding. Together they are putting the tools of the humanities (curiosity, reflection, discussion) to work to reveal the complexity and beauty of life on earth. Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus | November 3, 2015 | By: Bobbette Rose
We are excited to announce the fall round of Major Grant awards!
Six is the magic number this fall. We are so proud of the six projects that received Mini-grants at the end of August, and pleased to announce the following six organizations are receiving WHC Major Grants for their outstanding projects.
In reading this list you will see just how much important public humanities work is being done in our state. These are conversations about race and culture, about immigration and getting to know one another better. Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus | November 12, 2014 | By: Wisconsin Humanities Council Admin
As the year draws to a close, we are looking back over the last six grant rounds. It must be said: the projects that have received WHC funding in 2014 are impressive. They represent real diversity, exemplifying the full range of public humanities programming going on in Wisconsin.
The two projects awarded major grants in this final Major Grant round of 2014 are no exception. Congratulations to the Lac du Flambeau ENVISION Program and the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation! Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | March 19, 2014 | By: Guest Contributor
By Dr. Fran Kaplan
February 23, 2014 would have been Dr. James Cameron’s 100th birthday (1914-2006). He founded America’s Black Holocaust Museum. In his honor, we convened a Gathering for Racial Repair and Reconciliation in Milwaukee.
Cameron believed that it was urgent to “forgive but never forget” the truth about our country’s race relations. With support from the Wisconsin Humanities Council and our collaborators, the Milwaukee Public Library and UW-Milwaukee, we brought to town the authors of a book called “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade.” More than one hundred community leaders listened to Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf’s presentation. Afterward, people moved to tables to begin a dialogue about their visions for racial reconciliation in Milwaukee.
Intentionally, the small groups were interracial. We called the table discussions “Caring Circles” and asked people to listen intently to each other. Each table included a trained facilitator drawn from a wonderful, diverse corps. Read More