Join us each Tuesday for a virtual Connected Conversation to discuss various humanities topics with people around Idaho. Subjects run the gamut from baseball to the environment to politics to poetry.

Each speaker will talk about their topic for about 30 minutes or so and then will take questions and discuss for about 35 minutes more.  Missed a conversation? No problem! You can watch them online and links are included below.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Holley, Director of Programs & Development (jennifer@idahohumanities) or Doug Exton, Program Officer (

Title: "The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial"
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MDT
Dr. Dan Prinzing

Program Description:  The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is the only Anne Frank memorial in the United States, is one of the few places in the world in which the entire text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is on public display, and is recognized as an international Site of Conscience.  Constructed in the heart of Idaho’s capital city, how did it happen and what is its import to the community and state today?

Bio:  Dr. Dan Prinzing is the executive director of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, builder and home of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. The Center’s mission is “to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for peace and justice.”

To sign up for this event, please click HERE.  After you sign up via Eventbrite you will receive the link to the Zoom conversation via email.

Title: "Idaho’s Most Controversial Politician: Glen Taylor, the Singing Senator"
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MDT
Marc Johnson

Program Description:  Post-World War II Idaho politics were unpredictable, intraparty challenges were common, partisanship, often exemplified by newspaper treatment of candidates, was extreme and anti-Communism, a defining theme of the period, was often an emotional, divisive and decisive issue. The turmoil produced some notable political characters, brought to an end the colorful and controversial career of perhaps the most liberal politician ever elected in Idaho, Democratic Senator Glen Hearst Taylor, and remarkably, particularly considering Idaho’s partisan make-up today, helped launched the unlikely political career of Senator Frank Church.

Bio:   Marc Johnson, a political historian and former chief of staff to Idaho’s longest serving governor,

Cecil D. Andrus, will talk about Glen Taylor’s colorful and controversial political career and his influence on Idaho and the nation.

Johnson is the author of Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana, published in 2019 by the University of Oklahoma Press. He is a former board member and chair of the Idaho Humanities Council. Johnson’s writing on politics and history have appeared in Montana The Magazine of Western History, The Blue Review, The California Journal of Politics and Policy, the New York Times and many Idaho and regional newspapers.

Johnson’s next book – Tuesday Night Massacre: Four Senate Elections and the Radicalization of the Republican Party – is the story of how independent expenditure campaigns began and how those campaigns upend politics beginning with Senate contests in 1980. The University of Oklahoma Press will publish that book in 2021.

To sign up for this event, please click HERE.  After you sign up via Eventbrite you will receive the link to the Zoom conversation via email.

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

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Terry S and Kam D~Combined

June 30, 2020

"The Black Experience in Idaho"

Program Description:  Terry and Kam discussed the contemporary Black experience in Idaho. Ranging from growing up and living in Idaho, gender, queerness, and other life experiences.  They both highlighted how all these play into the intersectionality that is not only the Black experience but also the human experience.

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June 23, 2020

"LGBTQIA+ History in Boise"

Program Description:  From the 1955 incident of the Boys of Boise to the recent Supreme Court decision that protects LGBTQ rights in the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Idaho's LGBTQIA+ community has had a long journey seeking equal rights.  Cheryl and Gabrielle will discuss historic and current activities that have affected the LGBTQIA+ the community.”

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Larry LaRocco (D)
Former Representative for Idaho’s 1st District
Served from 1991 to 1994

June 12, 2020

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

Program Description:  Larry LaRocco recalled his time with Senator Frank Church and the battle to establish the wilderness at the core of Idaho.

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Dr. Scott Slovic
Professor of English
University of Idaho

June 12, 2020

"Semester in the Wild at U of I"

Program Description:  Scott Slovic discussed a unique program at U of I in which he is a part of. Semester in the Wild is a program which has taken students from across the world into the Frank to learn about the environment and understand how the wilderness exists and functions.

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Kevin Greene
President and General Manager of the Idaho Falls Chukars

June 9, 2020

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

Program Description:  General Manager Kevin Greene talked about the incredible history of baseball in Idaho Falls. He spoke to all the notable players that have come through the city in the last 80 years and also covered the history of the ballpark, not just Melaleuca Field built in 2008, but all the professional stadiums in Idaho Falls which have always been on this same lot.

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Dr. Jennifer Stevens
Boise State University
Urban Studies
Environmental History
History of the American West

June 2, 2020

“Boise’s Industrial Past”

Program Description: People generally know Boise's agricultural history, but little about its industrial history. Dr. Stevens treated the audience to an overview of the city's robust 20th century industrial history and the systematic dismantling of its industrial relics to make way for Boise's modern "green" identity.