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GMR Author Tour Photos

Our 2017-18 Great Michigan Read authors both visited Michigan in October 2017. Kekla Magoon visited the western side of Michigan and Ilyasah Shabazz visited SE Michigan. Thank you to both authors, our host locations, our partners and sponsors who help us make GMR happen! And thank you to all of

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2017-18 GMR Kick-Off Event

Friday, October 13, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm) Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201   Great Michigan Read Author Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, will discuss “X: A Novel” at 7:00 pm in The Ford

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Detroit News Letter: Don’t cut humanities funding

The proposed federal budget calls for elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities — and in turn, the Michigan Humanities Council. With one decision, 50 years of essential federal-state-local partnerships in Michigan and throughout the nation and its territories will cease — and along with it will go the

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A National Day of Racial Healing

Today, MHC is proudly joining the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and their partners in acknowledging a National Day of Racial Healing. The day is part of WKKF’s larger Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation effort, intended to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change to address the historic and

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Michigan Humanities Council Awards $274,575 in Grants for Cultural Programming

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce $274,575 in grants to 24 Michigan organizations in support of public humanities programming. In addition to this direct support, each agency was required to present matching cash or in-kind cost share, bringing an additional $568,288.68 to the table. This major grant

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Michigan Humanities Council Wins Schwartz Prize for Outstanding Public Humanities Programming

Winning Program Shares History of All Michigan’s People, Examines Connections to Unveil State’s Racial and Ethnic Past [Nov. 11, 2016 – Salt Lake City, UT] The Federation of State Humanities Councils presented the 2016 Schwartz Prize for outstanding work in the humanities, for the first time, to the Michigan Humanities

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Humanities in Flight

Soar into history with tales of valor from legendary  Tuskegee Airman ”Red Tail” Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, USAF (Ret.), subject of  “The Luft Gangster,” a film dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and author of “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free.” Saturday, October 8, 2016 5:30 – 7:30 pm Richmond

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Talking Service in Michigan

Below is a letter to veterans from Benjamin Busch, a former United States Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq, writer, filmmaker, photographer, and actor, who will facilitate Talking Service discussion groups in Kalamazoo and Dearborn this fall. To learn more and to register for this free program, please

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Voices of Latino Youth in Grand Rapids

Allison Palm is graduate student earning her Master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Grand Valley State University. She is currently the Development and Community Relations intern at Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. The voices of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood have always been hushed. The Latino

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Albion’s West Ward School: From Segregation to Civil Rights

Dr. Wesley Arden Dick, Professor of History at Albion College, specializes in civil rights history and co-teaches, with Leslie Dick, a first-year seminar entitled “A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream.” He is Second Vice President of the Albion Branch NAACP and is working on the West Ward

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Germans and Latinos of Lenawee: Finding Home

Amy Johnson served as Project Director for the Heritage Grant project, “Germans and Latinos of Lenawee: Finding Home”, from June 2015-June 2016, sponsored by the Lenawee County Historical Society of Adrian, Michigan. As an undergrad at Adrian College, Johnson was an intern at the Lenawee County Historical Museum, where she studied

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Anishnaabek – Odawa/Ottowa Journey Towards Understanding

On July 18th, I had the privilege of accompanying over a dozen Michigan Public School teachers on a journey to historical sites in Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario. The sites commemorate battles in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in which Native Americans were heavily involved in territorial struggles between

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Familia, Comida, Historias, Y Obras | Family, Food, Stories, and Works

The committee members for Día De Los Muertos: Nuestras Historias, Our (Hi)Stories, are: Myrna Segura, Southwest Business Association; Mayte Penman, Southwest Solutions VISTA Project; Erin and Monte Martinez, Visual Artists and Educators; Kia Ixchel Arriaga, Artist and Educator; and Erika Villarreal Bunce, Director of Programs Living Arts; with support from

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Job Opening: Fiscal Officer

Job Title: Fiscal Officer Status: Part Time/Exempt. Employee benefits include holidays, sick leave, vacation time, and opportunities for professional development. SUMMARY: The Fiscal Officer reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for managing all fiscal functions of the Michigan Humanities Council. These functions include financial systems and budgeting to

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A Hero in Flint

Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., is an associate professor and graduate studies director in MSU’s School of Journalism, and the project director for “Hubert: His-Story.” Dr. Zeldes has won seven best paper awards, and more than two dozen honors for her documentary films and other creative scholarship, including a Telly, two regional

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Never Alone in Detroit

Kathryn Gross, Project Director for Never Alone in Detroit, has over 30 years of experience in education.  She teaches at Loyola High School in Detroit, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.  Developing curriculum and support systems for underserved populations in the City of Detroit, she

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Heritage Grants Orientation, June 16, 2016

On Thursday, June 16, 2016, MHC convened representatives from the 28 organizations that received Heritage Grants this year. Our visitors traveled from Detroit, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Flint, Alpena, Muskegon, Holland, and more…We even had three yoopers who came all the way down from Hancock, Baraga, and Escanaba! Over sandwiches and

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Last Minute Grant Writing Tips

With the Heritage Grants deadline approaching on March 21, many applicants are thinking about how to best position their applications for success. Keeping in mind MHC’s process and audience for your application can help avoid unnecessary work. One challenge of writing a strong grant proposal is to describe the significance

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Black Voices from Copper Country

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is midway through its heritage grant project, Black Voices in the Copper Country, which examines the social and cultural history of African-Americans in this remote part of Michigan’s northwestern Upper Peninsula. The Copper Country, still defined by the industrial copper

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Behold the Power of Objects

Museums have long used objects to reach and teach, and to draw their audiences closer. When the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society was presented with the opportunity to display a large private collection of Native artifacts last year, we jumped at the chance. This extensive collection includes bead work, quill

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Community Partnerships with Coldwater’s Yemeni American Community Aim to Promote Equity and Inclusion through Humanities Programming

Arab Americans with roots in Yemen, many of whom are Muslim, make up the City of Coldwater’s largest minority group. Like other migrants in the United States, Arab Americans often moved in search of better employment opportunities. According to one story, their arrival in the community during the first half

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Pulitzer Prize Board Awards $40,000 to Michigan Humanities Council for 2016 Centennial Campfires Initiative

The Pulitzer Prize Board announced the award of $40,000 to Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) for Michigan Youth Journalism Experience, a program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016 through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative. Working in partnership with the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) and the Michigan State University

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Photographs and Public Programs help community learn from Japanese-American History during WWII

Marilyn Wheaton is director of the Marshall M. Frederick’s Sculpture Museum in Saginaw. In this post, she reflects their Heritage Grant project, which explored history, racial inequality, and the meaning of equity through an exhibit and public programs. As a museum director, I think a lot about the quality and

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