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.


Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Poet Richard Blanco Coming to Boise

When: September 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Boise Centre West, 850 W. Front St, Boise, ID 83702

Prize-winning Poet Richard Blanco to Speak in Boise in September Historic presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 23rd Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m., at Boise…

Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen will speak about “Refugee Stories & American Greatness” on October 25

When: October 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Coeur d'Alene Resort, 15 S 2nd St, Coeur d'Alene, ID

Prize winning writer, Viet Thanh Nguyen, will deliver the IHC’s 16th Annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Friday, October 25, 7:00 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The event is made possible in part…


Who We Are

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Our Staff


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"David Wanczyk’s reading from Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind allowed attendees at Idaho State University to explore, the range of ways in which people see, or are unable to see, difference as something other than division. Thanks IHC!"

Matthew Van Winkle

Associate Professor of English, ISU

"IHC support allowed us to bring world-class scholars to Moscow to engage audiences in understanding the complexities of Weimar Germany and help them establish the framework for a nuanced understanding of important cinematic contributions from the period."

Rachel Halverson

Department Chair, Professor of German, U of I

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