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 8, 2022. Ticket information will be posted closer to the date.
The event is supported in part by Holland & Hart, Idaho Public Television, and Boise State Public Radio. Brown’s lecture is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
NewsHour is public television’s prestigious nightly news program viewed by millions. During Brown’s career with NewsHour he has served as co-anchor, studio moderator, and field reporter on a wide range of national and international issues.
The topic of this lecture is Brown’s observation that the notion of “public good” is under stress in many areas of our culture and politics. He reflects on his own experience attending public schools and university, as well as his own work in public broadcasting – and looks at what it means that institutions such as these all under threat at federal, state and local levels.
In a career spanning more than thirty years at the NewsHour, Brown has interviewed numerous leading American and international newsmakers, moderated studio discussions on a vast array of topics, and reported from across the United States and other regions of the globe. As arts correspondent, he has profiled many of the world’s leading writers, musicians and other artists. As senior producer for national affairs for more than a decade, he helped shape the program’s coverage of the economy, healthcare, social policy, culture, and other areas. In addition, he leads the NewsHour’s extensive coverage of arts and culture “Canvas.” He also hosts the monthly book club, “Now Read This,” a collaboration with The New York Times.
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 Thursday, April 21, 2022. Ticket information will be posted closer to the event.
The event is supported in part by the William J. and Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation, the Bank of Idaho, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Public Television, and KISU Radio.
T.J. Stiles’s latest book, Custer’s Trials, paints a portrait of Gen. George Armstrong Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. The book was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History.
Stiles previously won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his critically acclaimed book The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Stiles became interested in Vanderbilt while researching and writing his historical account of another legendary figure, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. James and Vanderbilt, he finds, led more significant and more dramatic lives than we have realized. With both subjects, Stiles combines compelling storytelling and personal detail with thoughtful explorations of their role in the making of modern America, and the lasting impact of their lives and legends.
Stiles served as historical adviser and on-screen expert for Jesse James and Grand Central, two films in the PBS documentary series American Experience. He has written for The New York Times Book Review, Smithsonian, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. A native of Benton County, Minnesota, Stiles studied history at Carleton College and Columbia University.
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 Humanities Lecture on Friday, May 6, 2022. Ticket information will be posted closer to the event.
The event is supported by major support from Idaho Forest Group, Lewis-Clark State College, University of Idaho, North Idaho College, Idaho Public Television, and Coeur d’Alene Press.
The White Darkness is a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic. The nineteenth-century polar explorer Ernest Shackleton is considered one of the greatest leaders in history. A century later, Henry Worsley, a retired British S.A.S. officer who worshiped Shackleton, set out to achieve what even his hero had failed to do: to walk alone across Antarctica. With photographs from Worsley and Shackleton’s expeditions, Grann will examine the decisions these men made under extreme circumstances, and the lessons we all can learn about leadership and courage.
His previous book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, documented one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history. Described by Dave Eggers in the New York Times Book Review as a “riveting” work that will “sear your soul,” Killers of the Flower Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Before joining The New Yorker in 2003, Grann was a senior editor at The New Republic, and, from 1995 until 1996, the executive editor of the newspaper The Hill. He holds master’s degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy as well as in creative writing from Boston University.