Join us every other Tuesday for a virtual Connected Conversation to discuss various humanities topics with people around Idaho, both the serious and the fun. Subjects span Boise’s industrial history, history of Hawai’i, Godzilla, and even nuclear energy. These talks are typically Noon Mountain time during the summer, and 6pm Mountain Time during the winter. Each speaker talks about their topic for about 40 minutes and then will take questions. Our most recent topics looked at the Tulsa Race Massacre (formerly known as the Tulsa Race Riots), Women’s clubs in Idaho, Stonewall, and the Sandpoint Archaeological Project.

Are these recorded if I miss a topic I was interested in?

We do record our conversations! You can access our archive on the IHC website and YouTube. These recording include both the presentation and the Q&A portions. There are currently no ads added in as well.  To view these recordings, keep scrolling to the bottom of this page!

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Life of John Denver
Tuesday, Sept 21, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MT
Speaker:  Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles

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 was an actor, environmentalist, and humanitarian whose efforts continue to be celebrated. He had a raw talent and unique ability to capture the essence of everyday issues through music that seemed to flow from him with deep conviction, especially through the song, Take me Home, Country Roads which is one of the four state anthems of West Virginia.

Bio:  Robert Santelli was named Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles in 2006. Under his leadership, the Museum opened new museums in three domestic markets, curated over 65 exhibits, many of which traveled internationally; produced over 600 public programs; and formed educational partnerships with the White House and The Kennedy Center. Santelli is a noted blues and rock historian, contributing to Rolling Stone and The New York Times, smong other periodicals, as well as the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including Greetings From E Street and The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, both New York Times bestsellers. Santelli was one of the original curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, moving to Cleaveland in 1995 to become the museum's first Director of Education and Vice President of Public Programs. In 2000, he bacame CEO of the Experience Music Project (now MoPOP) in Seattle, the first-ever interactive music museum. Santelli also developed the UK's first pop music museum, the British Music Experience. In 2012, Santelli co-produced Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, which earned him a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Historical Album. Following the Merger of the GRAMMY museum and the GRAMMY Foundation in 2017, Santelli wa named Founding Executive Director and currently oversees the Museum's outside projects and traveling exhibits.

After you sign up via Eventbrite you will receive the link to the Zoom conversation via email. Here's a quick guide to getting started using Zoom.

The views expressed by our speakers do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) or the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC).

Reflecting on Rosa Parks + Producing Scholarship & Art in the 21st Century
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MDT
Speaker:  Riché Richardson, Professor of African American Literature in Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center

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 work with children to reflect on her own life path, mentors, and early community service work as a student at the historic St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery, Alabama that established foundations for her current work as a university professor and artist who has continued to engage Rosa Parks in both writing and art. Richardson discusses her most recent book, Emancipation’s Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body, which includes a chapter on Parks, along with Richardson's body of art quilts featured in solo shows at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery in 2008 and 2015.

Bio:  Riché Richardson is professor of African American literature in Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center who was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2001, she received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her interviews have been highlighted in news media such as NBC’s The Today Show and Nightly News, CNN, Al Jazeera’s Newshour, and the New York Times. Her Op-Eds have appeared in the New York Times, Public Books and Huff Post. She has published nearly 40 essays in journals and edited collections. Her first book, Black Masculinity and the U.S. South: From Uncle Tom to Gangsta (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007), was highlighted by Choice Books among the "Outstanding Academic Titles of 2008." Her new book, Emancipation's Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body, was published in 2021 by Duke University Press. She is the editor of the New Southern Studies book series at the University of Georgia Press. She is also a visual artist whose art quilts have been featured in several solo and national exhibitions.

After you sign up via Eventbrite you will receive the link to the Zoom conversation via email. Here's a quick guide to getting started using Zoom.

The views expressed by our speakers do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) or the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC).

The End of the Cold War and American Culture
Oct. 19, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MT
Speaker:  Dr. Sarah Robey

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 reverberations around the globe. Americans celebrated the United States’ triumph over the Soviet Union, having “won” a conflict that had dominated international affairs for half a century. Yet the end of the Cold War wrought changes in American culture that are sometimes difficult to trace, especially in comparison to the waves of revolution and mass demonstration that characterized other parts of the world between 1989 and 1991. This talk will explore some of the subtle ways that the end of the Cold War influenced American culture, many aspects of which have only become apparent in the three decades since. I contend that the experience of the 1980s and 1990s not only helps us understand American culture in the era since September 11, 2001, but also lends insight into the lasting influence of these decades in American culture today, from pop culture to politics.

Bio:  Dr. Sarah Robey is Assistant Professor of History at Idaho State University, where she teaches courses in American history, the history of the Cold War, the history of science and technology, and the history of energy. Her research focuses on the intersection of American culture and public life and the history of nuclear science and technology. Her first book, Atomic Americans: Citizens in a Nuclear State, will be published with Cornell University Press in early 2022. She also has a forthcoming chapter in Energy Cinema (West Virginia University Press, 2022), which explores how popular entertainment served as public nuclear education in the early Cold War. Robey holds a PhD in History from Temple University and has held past fellowships at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and the Philadelphia History Museum.

After you sign up via Eventbrite you will receive the link to the Zoom conversation via email. Here's a quick guide to getting started using Zoom.

The views expressed by our speakers do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) or the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC).

Past Conversations

Jennifer Stevens

“Boise’s Industrial Past”


“History of Idaho Falls Baseball - 80th Season of Professional Baseball in Idaho Falls"

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"Semester in the Wild at U of I"

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"History of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness"

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"LGBTQIA+ History in Boise"

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"The Black Experience in Idaho"

Dan Prinzing

"The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial"

Marc Johnson

"Idaho’s Most Controversial Politician: Glen H. Taylor, the Singing Senator"

Ryan Weeks INL

"How INL is Changing the Future of Nuclear Energy"

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"Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp"


"Native Women Writers and Colonial Domesticity at the Federal Indian Boarding Schools"

Rick Just

"The History of Idaho State Parks"

Salome Mwangi

"The Refugee Experience and Boise"

Kathy Aiken

"Seeking Suffrage: The Idaho Story"

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"Beyond Fake News: News Literacy and the Informed Citizen"


"Approaching the US Constitution: Sacred Covenant or Plaything For Lawyers and Judges"


"Victory and Triumph in Ancient Rome"

Steven J. Pyne

"Fire’s American Century"

Carole Skinner

"A Dialogue on Independent Film"

Michael Faison

"A Discussion on the Arts and the Humanities"

Alex Meregaglia

"Discovering Vardis Fisher’s Boise: Reexamining Idaho and the Federal Writers Project"

Lisa McClain

"Women in Art During the Renaissance and Reformation"

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"Archie Boyd Teater: Art, Architecture, Artifacts & Archives"

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"The History of Wallace, Idaho"

Matthew Miles

"The History of Presidential Inaugurations"

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"From Alcatraz to Mauna Kea"

Peter Black

"The Nazi Rise to Power and The Consolidation of Power, 1918-1938"

HannaLore Hein

"Working Together Before, During, and After the Progressive Era: The Legacy of Women’s Clubs in Idaho"

Bill Tsutsui

"Godzilla and the Imagination of Anxiety, from Hiroshima to COVID-19"


"History of Stonewall"

Mark Warner

"Selling Things and Selling Sex: Archaeological Explorations of Sandpoint, Idaho"

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"Culture, Climate, and the Agricultural Transition in Northeastern Utah’s Uintah Basin: The Cub Creek Fremont in Dinosaur National Monument"


"Poetry is the Message, The Message is Love"

Erik Hadley

"Gilles, Giants, and Dragons, Oh My!: The Reinvention of Folkloric Festivals in Belgium"

Frank de la Teja

"The Battle of the Alamo in Mexican, Texan, and United States History"