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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.

Tue, February 3 2015 – Sat, July 18 2015

Harlem Renaissance Summer Teacher Institute July 12-17, 2015

Idaho teachers will explore the literature, art, and music of the Harlem Renaissance this July. Read More
Fri, February 27 2015

Idaho Humanities Council Awards $57,481 to Grant Recipients at Winter Meeting

The Idaho Humanities Council awarded $57,481 in grants to organizations and individuals at its winter board meeting in Boise. Read More
Tue, May 5 2015

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

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, will be the speaker at the IHCís 12th Annual Northern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7 p.m., at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. Read More
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