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Welcome to the Idaho Humanities Council, celebrating its 42nd 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.

Please take a moment to watch this 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.


Sun, July 12 2015 – Fri, July 17 2015

Idaho Teachers Selected to Attend Summer Institute on the Harlem Renaissance

Forty teachers were selected to attend the Idaho Humanities Council’s week-long teacher institute in Caldwell titled “The Harlem Renaissance.” Read More
Sun, July 12 2015 at 7:00 PM – Wed, July 15 2015 at 7:00 PM

Public Invited to Attend Programs on the Harlem Renaissance

The Idaho Humanities Council will offer three public programs at the College of Idaho, July 12-15, exploring the theme The Harlem Renaissance. Read More
Fri, August 7 2015 at 12:00 PM

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman to Visit Idaho Falls, August 7, 2015

NEH Chairman William “Bro” Adams will offer a luncheon address to the City Club of Idaho Falls on Friday, August 7, 2015 Read More
Tue, September 22 2015 at 7:00 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer Diane McWhorter to Speak in Coeur d'Alene September 22

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Diane McWhorter will be guest speaker at IHC’s 12th Annual Northern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner in Coeur d'Alene. Read More
Thu, October 22 2015

Award-winning Novelist Tim O'Brien to Speak in Boise Thursday, October 22

Award-winning novelist Tim O’Brien will be the guest speaker at the IHC’s 19th Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner in Boise. Read More
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