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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.


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Sun, July 17 2016 – Fri, July 22 2016

Idaho Teachers will Attend Summer Institute on “Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society”

Idaho teachers will attend the Idaho Humanities Council’s 2016 weeklong summer institute exploring Lyndon Johnson and The Great Society, July 17-22. Read More
Thu, September 8 2016

Idaho Humanities Council’s 13th Annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture to feature Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

Celebrated presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 13th Annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.  Read More
Thu, September 15 2016

Idaho Humanities Council Seeks Four New Board Members

The Idaho Humanities Council seeks applications from three regions of the state to fill two public positions and two academic positions on its volunteer board of directors. Read More
Thu, October 13 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham to speak in Boise, Thursday, October 13 for IHC's 20th Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council's 20th Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7 p.m., at the Boise Centre. In celebration of the IHC's 20th annual lecture and dinner in Boise, Meacham's topic will be "America Then and Now: What History Tells Us about the Future." Read More
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