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Welcome to the Idaho Humanities Council, celebrating its 43rd year in Idaho, connecting you to programs, grant opportunities, and resources that promote greater public awareness, appreciation and understanding of literature, history, philosophy, jurisprudence, and other humanities disciplines.

The IHC seeks to deepen understanding of human experience by connecting people with ideas, by encouraging civility and good citizenship, and by initiating community conversations about ideas that enlighten us about the past and light our way toward wisdom and a meaningful future.

IHC VideoPlease click on the picture on the left to watch a short video to learn more about the Idaho Humanities Council.

The Heart of the Matter

Watch this short video, The Heart of the Matter, to hear Star Wars director George Lucas, actor John Lithgow, columnist David Brooks, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and others eloquently call for a renewed commitment to humanities education in America.

Fri, January 1 2016

Lewiston's Margo Aragon begins 2016 as IHC's Chair

Margo Aragon, of Lewiston, is the new 2016-2017 chair of the Idaho Humanities Council. Read More
Thu, February 25 2016 at 7:00PM

IHC to Honor Jan Boles for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities, February 25

The Idaho Humanities Council will honor College of Idaho archivist and photographer Jan Boles with IHC’s Award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities”. Read More
Thu, February 25 2016 at 4:00-6:00PM – Mon, February 29 2016 at 3:30-5:30PM

Idaho Humanities Council Offers Oral History Workshops in Nampa, Burley, and Ketchum

The Idaho Humanities Council will offer in February three two-hour oral history workshops in Nampa, Burley, and Ketchum. Read More
Thu, March 17 2016 at 7:00PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian Fredrik Logevall to Speak in Idaho Falls Thursday, March 17

In the first of three lectures in Idaho in 2016 commemorating the Pulitzer Prize Centennial, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall, will deliver IHC’s 9th Annual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner. Read More
Sat, May 28 2016 – Sun, March 12 2017

Smithsonian exhibition on 'water' to tour Idaho 2016-2017

The Idaho Humanities Council will bring a Smithsonian traveling exhibition titled Water/Ways to six Idaho communities in 2016-2017.  Read More
Sun, July 17 2016 – Fri, July 22 2016

Teachers Invited to Apply for Summer Institute on “Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society”

Idaho teachers are invited to apply to attend the Idaho Humanities Council’s 2016 weeklong summer institute exploring Lyndon Johnson and The Great Society, July 17-22. Read More
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