Humanities Events In and Around Idaho

Times, dates and locations are subject to change. 
Please call the listed contact to verify the program information.
All programs are open to the general public.

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Thu, January 19 2017 – Mon, May 29 2017
Rome,” An Exhibition About Ancient Rome
The exhibit “Rome” will be hosted at the Museum of Idaho from January 19, 2017 through May 29, 2017. The exhibit will illustrate various aspects of Roman civilization. Many of the technological and social innovations of Rome are still influential today. Read on for more details.
sponsor: Museum of Idaho
contact: Kimberly Lee
phone: (208) 522-1400 Ext. 3007
location: Museum of Idaho, 200 North Eastern Ave., Idaho Falls, ID
Wed, May 3 2017 at 6:30 PM – Wed, June 7 2017 at 6:30 PM
Neighbor Narratives - A project of the Idaho Office for Refugees
Join the Idaho Office for Refugees to celebrate the diversity in our community through the power of storytelling! Hear trained refugee storytellers share their experiences, and what makes us all Idahoans, followed by a moderated Q&A session with the audience.
sponsor: Jannus, Inc.
contact: Jan Reeves
phone: (208) 336-5533
JUNE 2017
Fri, June 2 2017 at 7:00 PM
Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folksongs
sponsor: Idaho Power Company
contact: Molly Lowe
phone: (541) 785-7270
location: Copperfield Park, Hwy. 86, Oxbow, OR
Thu, June 8 2017 at 5:00 PM
U.S. Senator Frank Church: It's Called Democracy
speaker: Steve Shaw
sponsor: Friends of the West Bonner District Library
contact: Alice Booth
phone: (208) 448-1087
location: Priest River Library, Conference Room, 118 Main St., Priest River, ID
Tue, June 20 2017 at 3:00 PM
Who is Basque? A Discussion of Basque Identity
sponsor: Heatherwood Retirement Community
contact: Chris Gallagher
phone: (208) 345-2150
location: Heatherwood Retirement Community, Friendship Room, 5277 W. Kootenai St., Boise, ID
JULY 2017
Wed, July 12 2017 at 6:00 PM
Human Rights in Idaho
speaker: Steve Shaw
sponsor: Hayden Public Library
contact: Twylla Rehder
phone: (208) 772-7405
location: Hayden Public Library, Large Meeting Room, 8385 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID
Thu, July 13 2017 at 6:00 PM
Human Rights in Idaho
speaker: Steve Shaw
sponsor: Athol Public Library
contact: Twylla Rehder
phone: (208) 772-7405
location: Athol Public Library, 30399 3rd St., Athol, ID
Sun, July 16 2017 – Fri, July 21 2017
Idaho Teachers Invited to Attend Summer Institute on Wallace Stegner
Idaho teachers are invited to apply to attend the IHC's 2017 summer institute exploring the theme "Wallace Stegner and the Consciousness of Place."
contact: Cindy Wang
phone: (208) 345-5346
location: Boise State University, 1910 University Dr., Boise, ID
Tue, July 18 2017 at 7:00 PM
The Dynamiters (Steunenberg Assassination)
speaker: Robert Sobba
sponsor: Meadow Lake Village
contact: James Johnston
phone: (208) 319-5336
location: Touchmark Meadow Lake Village, Coeur d'Alene Room, Grand Lodge, 4037 E. Clocktower Lane, Meridian, ID
Thu, August 3 2017 at 6:30 PM
Library Archive Preservation, History Night
The Library Archive Preservation Project is a collection of local history at the Caldwell Public Library. This collection is accessible to the public. The Caldwell Public Library will be hosting a local history night to showcase select historical materials from our archival collection.
sponsor: Caldwell Public Library
contact: Marina Rose
phone: (208) 459-3242
location: Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St., Caldwell, ID
Fri, September 15 2017 at 07:00
National Book Award winner and New Yorker writer Evan Osnos to speak in Boise, Friday, September 15
National Book Award winner and New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council's 21st Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Friday, September 15, 7 p.m., at Boise Centre. Osnos topic will be "American in the Age of Trump: Who Are We? Who Will We Become?"
Sun, September 17 2017 at 12:00 noon - 4:30 PM
Museum Rock Party 2017
The Rock Party is designed as an engaging and educational hands-on museum event for children and families. The event focuses on Idaho’s historic mining, fossils and geology. Guided by dozens of volunteers, students work their way through numerous activity stations that have them using rock hammers, manipulating clay, sifting through sand, and more.
sponsor: Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology
contact: Shirley Ewing
phone: (208) 283-3186
location: Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentisry Rd., Boise, ID
Wed, October 4 2017 – Sun, October 8 2017
Sheeptales Gathering 2017 - The Shepherdess of the Glaciers
We are bringing in Stanzin Dorjai to screen his documentary film centered on a shepherdess of sheep and endangered Pashmina goats in the Himalayas titled “Shepherdess of the Glaciers.” In addition, we will be bringing in his long-time friend and colleague, Konchok Stobgais, who helped found the Cashmere Center in Pangong of India’s High Himalayas. Stanzin will present the film, conduct a Q&A and story tell. While Stobgais will do a workshop on working with cashmere from the nomad’s viewpoint and provide a demonstration of how to make rope out of wool.
sponsor: Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center, Inc.
contact: Laura Drake
phone: (208) 720-0585
Thu, October 5 2017 at 10:30 AM
Constitutional Intersections
speaker: David Adler
sponsor: ISU Continuing Education
contact: Shirley McElprang-Hockett
phone: (208) 282-2789
location: Idaho State University, College Of Education (Bldg. 62) auditorium, 1550 E. Terry St., Pocatello, ID
Sat, October 14 2017 at 6:30 PM
Chocolate: Food of the Gods
speaker: Lauren Fins
sponsor: American Falls District Library
contact: Debbie Walmsley
phone: (208) 226-2335
location: American Falls District Library, Community Room, 308 Roosevelt St., American Falls, ID
Thu, October 19 2017 at 5:00 PM
Spirits of the Salmon River
sponsor: Friends of the West Bonner District Library
contact: Alice Booth
phone: (208) 448-1087
location: Priest River Library, Conference Room, 118 Main St., Priest River, ID
Sat, November 4 2017 at 6:00 PM
The Value of the Humanities
speaker: Susan Swetnam
sponsor: North Idaho College
contact: Sara Fladeland
phone: (208) 769-7750
location: North Idaho College, Edminster Student Union, Lake Coeur d'Alene Room, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID
Wed, November 8 2017 at 6:00 PM
Panel Discussion: Things You Know But Cannot Explain
The Boise Art Museum will present a panel discussion using the artwork of Native American artist Rick Bartow (1946-2016) as a focal point to have conversations about heritage, culture, storytelling, transformation, and identity. A moderator and three panelists will lend insight and help audience members understand and make personal and multi-disciplinary connections between the work of an important American artist and their own experiences.
sponsor: Boise Art Museum
contact: Melanie Fales
phone: (208) 345-8330
location: Boise State University Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise ID 83725.
Fri, December 1 2017 at 6:30 PM
Classical Christmas Concert
speaker: Del Parkinson
sponsor: Memorial Community Center
contact: Carolyn Speelmon
phone: (208) 264-5481
location: Memorial Community Center, Main Hall, 415 Wellington Place, Hope, ID
Tue, December 5 2017 – Fri, December 8 2017
Surviving Voices
"Surviving Voices” is a four-day event that turns to the humanities—the disciplines that foster exploration, understanding, and creative thinking—to provoke thought and demonstrate how alternative perspectives can help develop important strategies for combating violence against women in its many forms. This series will feature speakers such as Elizabeth Smart, discussions with women’s studies scholars, documentary films, and theatre performances. All events are free and open to the public.
sponsor: Idaho State University
contact: Elizabeth Brunner
phone: (208) 282-1478
Sun, December 31 2017
Origins, a New, Permanent Exhibit at the Idaho State Historical Museum
sponsor: Idaho State Historical Society
contact: Dax Chizum
phone: (208) 514-2304
location: Idaho State Historical Society, 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, ID