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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 – Thu, April 9 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer Diane McWhorter to Speak in Idaho Falls in April

Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, will speak on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7 p.m., at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls. Read More
Tue, February 3 2015 – Wed, April 1 2015

Harlem Renaissance Summer Teacher Institute July 12-17, 2015

Idaho teachers invited to apply to IHC's summer institute on the Harlem Renaissance. Read More
Wed, February 4 2015 – Wed, April 1 2015

IHC and Ada Community Library Partner on Programs that Explore the Experience of Vietnam War Veterans

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the IHC and Ada Community Library are partnering on “Read Me Treasure Valley,” the community-wide reading of the same book, Fatal Light, by veteran Richard Currey.  Read More
Thu, February 26 2015

Bestselling author Jamie Ford to speak in Twin Falls Thursday, April 30

Bestselling author Jamie Ford will be the speakers at IHC's Humanities Lecture and Dinner on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7 p.m., at the Turf Club in Twin Falls. The title of his talk is "The History Behind a Love Story." Read More
Mon, March 30 2015 at 6:45 PM – Wed, April 1 2015 at 6:45 PM

Vietnam War Film Premiere Concludes Read Me Treasure Valley Activities

Come see the premiere of "Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor", as part of “Read Me Treasure Valley 2015,” at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday, March 30, and at the College of Idaho’s Langroise Recital Hall in Caldwell on Wednesday, April 1. Read More
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