Humanities Programs in Focus | July 12, 2018 | By: Jessica Becker
Last month the Wisconsin Humanities Council board met in Oshkosh for our tri-annual meeting. The June meeting is always especially memorable because we are welcoming new board members and expressing our gratitude to those who are leaving.
This year we say Thank You to Raúl Galván, Chia Youyee Vang, and Kathy Ehley (not pictured) and Welcome to Mary Lynne Donohue, Karen Spahn, and May Vang! Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus | July 20, 2017 | By: Jessica Becker
The Wisconsin Humanities Council is committed to strengthening community life for every Wisconsinite. We are doing this using history, culture, and conversation in different ways every day.
As an organization, we are guided by a board that includes humanities professionals and members of the public. These extremely dedicated volunteers from around the state bring a range of experience and wisdom to their service. We are lucky to get to know each and every one of these people during their tenure.
In June, we eagerly greet our newly nominated members as they rotate onto the board. This year was no exception. We are excited to introduce you to (l-r) Juan Jimenez, Alton “Sonny” Smart, Kathy Laakso and John Viste! Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus | May 25, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
Meeting by the Mississippi!
We always look forward to June board meetings when we welcome new members to our board AND we visit a new community. This June, it’s La Crosse (last year we were hosted by the Menominee Tribe!). We will meet three new board members and say big thank yous to those leaving us.
In La Crosse, we’ll get to check out Hear, Here, a WHC-funded social history project. Walking the downtown streets, we will be scouting for orange street-level signs with the Hear, Here logo. Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus, Our Working Lives Project, Tips for Grant Writers, Voices from the Field | January 20, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
The past year has been an important year at the WHC. We have been working hard to use our online presence to support and strengthen the statewide humanities community. These efforts include using Facebook to spread inspiration, encourage curiosity, and celebrate your work, and ours. We also participate in the lively and often reverential Twitter conversation about the public humanities.
And here, on Humanities Booyah, we are sharing best practices for public programming, talking about the challenges of writing grant proposals, and highlighting voices, ideas and projects with articles written just for you. A year ago, we declared our goals for this online magazine. In the coming year, we will be Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | January 6, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
If you’ve ever gotten a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, then you may have mentally thanked the WHC’s board, knowing that they’re the folks who saw the promise in your proposal. You may not have known that there are twenty-five members at any given time, each serving up to two 3-year terms. In addition to humanities scholars from UW campuses and private colleges like Northland, board members come from many different backgrounds and parts of the state.
While serving on the board, members meet in person three times a year. They get to know one another and, through grant review and program attendance, increase their familiarity with the cultural landscape of the state. We’ve often wished we could just keep adding to and expanding our circle without ever losing the talent and friendship of our past board members. Until recently, we didn’t have a formal structure for maintaining a connection with these outstanding resources, ambassadors, friends and allies. Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | June 18, 2015 | By: Jessica Becker
Once every year, for our June board meeting, we hit the road as a Humanities Gang. This year, we were invited by board member Arnold Chevalier to Keshena, Wisconsin. The Village of Keshena is the seat of government for the Menominee Tribe. That is Arnold, an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe, above, with Dena Wortzel, Director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
What an experience we had! After a special welcome from Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw on Thursday night, we enjoyed a feast complete with some local specialties, including wild rice and venison.
Friday morning we spent several hours in the Menominee Forest as guests of Menominee Tribal Enterprises. Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus | June 3, 2015 | By: Dena Wortzel
Every June, the WHC welcomes new members to our board – and says good-bye to departing members. Most of the great people leaving us served two three-year terms. That’s a lot of time and a huge contribution. This year we gratefully thank Jasmine Alinder, John Savagian, Jarett Fields, David Hankins and Bob Cook for all they brought to the WHC.
And this summer we welcome five new folks who bring with them a wonderfully diverse array of talents and backgrounds. Read More
Voices from the Field | April 9, 2014 | By: Guest Contributor
by Norlisha Crawford
Although I knew well the value of the humanities, when the opportunity was offered to join the WHC’s board, I was new to the state and the region and wondered if I could offer anything of value to the Council.
I had arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on August 1st, 2005. As an African American woman, life-long Washingtonian (D.C.), English professor, and the new director for the African American Studies program on campus, I was a distinct minority at the university and in town. Within two weeks, however, I was asked to facilitate discussion of a film in the downtown theater’s new monthly series. Read More