Strong Women of Early Idaho @ Post Falls Public Library
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Speaker:  Gary Eller

Songs of early Idaho women.

Strong Women of Early Idaho @ Athol Public Library
Oct 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Speaker:  Gary Eller

Songs about strong women of early Idaho.

Strong Women of Early Idaho @ Rathdrum Public Library
Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Speaker:  Gary Eller

Songs about early Idaho women.

Burning Harry Potter, and Other Ways of Misreading Fantasy @ Post Falls Public Library
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Speaker:  Brian Attebery

What is fantasy literature about and why is it a major misreading to burn copies of Harry Potter? This presentation looks at the way fantasy draws on traditions of myth and magic to create modern metaphors. Brian Attebery, author of two books on fantasy, discusses some of the reasons fantasy appeals to many children and increasing numbers of adults, and some of the reasons a few people are puzzled or disturbed by it.

@ Boundary County Museum
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm

Speaker:  Gary Eller

Since 2006, Gary Eller has documented over two hundred forgotten early Idaho songs, which are the basis for a number of interpretive booklets with audio CDs. Gary has played American roots music since his childhood days. He has lived most of his life in the American West. After a lengthy career in nuclear science and engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, he has retired to Pickles Butte, near Nampa, Idaho. Gary continues to find, document, interpret, and preserve songs written before the era of the radio (1923), about early Idahoans, places, and events.

Gary’s programs are held in a casual and relaxed chairs-in-the-round setting. His program will consist of a power point presentation entitled “Strong Women of Early Idaho,” woven intricately with his songs and guitar/banjo accompaniment. Following the program, Gary will entertain conversations followed by a jam session with those who come desiring to join in the evening’s entertainment.  Light refreshments will be served.

William Wallace, Lincoln’s Friend @ Museum of Idaho
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm

Speaker:  David Leroy

In period dress and first person, as William Wallace, the first territorial governor of Idaho, Mr. Leroy confirms what you only recently heard…the President has been shot!  He tells of his friendship with Lincoln since the 1840s and recounts how Lincoln, by word and deed was a friend to everyone in Idaho Territory.  The audience must assume the position of a group of pioneers assembled in the summer of 1865.

Idaho River History @ Weiser High School
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm

Speaker:  Cort Conley

This presentation is a first-hand folk history of the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Main Salmon, or the Snake River through Hells Canyon. Conley will explain the human and natural history of any of these rivers and illustrate the talk with vintage films and photographs and taped recordings about boating, homesteading, or early outfitting there.

Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen will speak about “Refugee Stories & American Greatness” on October 25 @ Coeur d'Alene Resort
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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 by major support from Marc and Vicki Brinkmeyer and Idaho Forest Group. The IHC also is grateful for additional critical support for the event from Lewis-Clark State CollegeNorth Idaho CollegeUniversity of Idaho, the Coeur d’Alene Press, and Idaho Public Television.

Tickets are available by clicking HERE or by calling the IHC at (208) 345-5346. General tickets are $65 and Benefactor tickets are $130. Benefactors are invited to a private pre-event reception with Nguyen at 5:00 p.m. The evening will begin with a no-host reception and silent auction at 6:00 p.m. at the Resort. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., with Nguyen’s talk to follow. Nguyen’s books will be available onsite for signing afterwards.

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s writing is bold, elegant, and fiercely honest. His remarkable debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize, was a Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner, and made the finalist list for the PEN/Faulkner award. The Pulitzer Prize citation reads, “[The Sympathizer] is a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a ‘man of two minds’—and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.”

Viet and his family came to the United States as refugees during the Vietnam War in 1975. As he grew up in America, he began to notice that most movies and books about the war focused on Americans while the Vietnamese were silenced and erased. He was inspired by this lack of representation to write about the war from a Vietnamese perspective, globally re-imagining what we thought we knew about the conflict. The New York Times says that his novel, The Sympathizer, “fills a void…giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of forty years ago in a new light.” His voice is refreshing and powerful as he urges readers to examine the legacy of that tumultuous time and its aftermath from a new perspective.

The audacious novel has also been described by The Guardian as having a “Whitman-like multiplicity” as it “reads like the absolute opposite of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.” Viet’s book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War was a finalist for the National Book Award. Author Ari Kelman praises Nothing Ever Dies saying it, “provides the fullest and best explanation of how the Vietnam War has become so deeply inscribed into national memory.” His newest work, a collection of short stories titled The Refugees, explores questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

Viet was the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. The MacArthur Foundation noted that Viet’s work “not only offers insight into the experiences of refugees past and present, but also poses profound questions about how we might more accurately and conscientiously portray victims and adversaries of other wars.” Along with teaching at the University of Southern California, he works as a cultural critic-at-large for The Los Angeles Times.


Thanks to support from the Idaho Forest Group and other sponsors, the IHC has been bringing prominent historians, journalists, and novelists to Coeur d’Alene since 2004, including presidential biographer Robert Dallek, western writer Ivan Doig, journalist Susan Orlean,  National Book Award-winner Timothy Egan, Civil War historian James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anthony Doerr, bestselling novelist Jess Walter, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Adam Johnson.

Hate, Harassment and Human Rights in Idaho @ Lewis-Clark State College
Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker:  Steve Shaw

A campus/community-wide lecture with subsequent Q & A session for about 90 minutes. This is supposed to be the 3rd annual “Richard Moore Honorary Lecture” in honor of Lewis-
Clark State College Political Science Prof. Emeritus Richard Moore.  Prof. Moore unfortunately passed away earlier this year and this will be the first honorary lecture in his name without him being present.

In recent years, the state of Idaho has been seen by many people as a haven of hate, as extremist groups and individuals have tried to establish in Idaho a base of operations from which to espouse their extremist political and racial ideologies. In spite of their efforts and the attention they have received, these extremists have not been successful in creating their homeland of hate in Idaho. Yet, these groups and individuals should not be dismissed as merely lunatic or delusional; their message does strike a responsive chord in many people. Arguing that, for purposes of both political theory and practice, these extremists and their message deserve critical scrutiny, Shaw places their activity and message in their proper political, theoretical, historical, and cultural context.

Classical Christmas Piano Favorites @ Memorial Community Center
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm

Speaker: Del Parkinson

The piano has enjoyed immense popularity for three centuries. Its versatility has led to the 88 keys being called “an orchestra contained in a single instrument.” This presentation will focus on the role of the piano in shaping the development of music. Selections for this live performance range in style from Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” through Debussy’s “Clair de lune.” Parkinson’s down-to-earth narration gives the background of each piece in order to heighten the listening experience.

Cookies and beverages will follow the concert.