Why It Matters

Civic and Electoral Participation

The “Why It Matters” national initiative will provide free humanities programs conducted by the US state and territorial humanities councils to engage the public in collaborative, accessible, and thought-provoking dialogues on the importance of electoral and civic participation. Programs will explore the history of civic and electoral engagement, highlight and elevate youth perspectives, and bring people together to talk, share, learn, and listen using the humanities to promote understanding through historical context and conversation. Humanities scholarship, journalism, and community dialogue will be central to public programming.  IHC will offer four town halls and an online publication that explores these important issues.

Voter Apathy & Disenfranchisement

 March 18, 2021 6:00pm-7:00pm MT

More information to come soon!

Voting in the 21st Century

April 15, 2021 6:00pm-7:00pm MT

More information to come soon!

These programs are funded by the 'Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation' initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Mellon Foundation
Fed State Humanities

Past Presentations

What Does it Mean to be a Citizen

"What Does it Mean to be a Citizen"?

The Electoral College

"The Electoral College: Why is it in Place?”