Connecting People with Ideas


Inspiring a tolerant, literate, and intellectually inquisitive Idaho citizenry.

The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC) is a non-profit organization serving as a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). We are dedicated to serving Idaho citizens by promoting greater public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities.


Bringing the Humanities to You!

We work with organizations as partners to develop local humanities projects and programs, and by sponsoring our own Council-conducted programs, such as summer institutes in the humanities for K-12 teachers, library reading/discussion programs in small communities, traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institution, a Humanities Speakers Bureau, and Distinguished Humanities Lectures.


Need funding for a humanities project?

We offer grants to support projects involving Idaho citizens that focus on literature, history, philosophy, art history, archaeology and other humanities disciplines. 

Learn more about these grants, as well as CARES Act grants, below.


Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

The End of the Cold War and American Culture

Program Description:  The Berlin Wall, Polish Solidarity, Tiananmen Square, the dissolution of the Soviet Union: the end of the Cold War created cultural and political ...

Reflecting on Rosa Parks + Producing Scholarship & Art in the 21st Century

Program Description:  In this talk, Riché Richardson reflects on the life, activism and continuing significance of civil rights leader Rosa Parks. Richardson draws on the leader’s legacy and ...

Life of John Denver

Program Description:  John Denver is one of America’s greatest country-folk singer/songwriters. With over 30 albums in his discography, Denver was more than just a performer. He ...

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, TJ Stiles has been postponed until April 21, 2022

T.J. Stiles, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the National Book Award will deliver the 13thAnnual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture on ...

Best-selling author David Grann Event Postponed until Friday, May 6, 2022

David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. He will give the 17th Annual North Idaho Distinguished ...

PBS NewsHour host Jeffrey Brown postponed until Friday, April 8, 2022

Jeffrey Brown, Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society for PBS NewsHour, will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 23rd Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Friday, April ...

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