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Humanities in the Public Square

Humanities in the Public Square is no longer accepting applications. For a similar grant line, please see Community Conversations.

Humanities in the Public Square programs are designed to demonstrate the vital role that humanities ideas can play in our civic life. The program invites projects that draw on humanities scholarship to engage the public in understanding some of today’s most challenging issues and pressing concerns. We welcome projects addressing a significant humanities theme that is important to a particular community, region, or state through accessible and sustained public programming. The project’s public programs can take many forms—book or film discussion programs, scholarly talks, local history projects, courses for lifelong learners, or other face-to-face programming. The programming should engage the public and/or specific audiences in sustained conversations.

Current Humanities in the Public Square projects: 

Citizenship Under Siege
Association of American Colleges and Universities

The Arcadia Factory
County of Hamilton

Ecohumanities for Cities in Crisis
Florida International University Board of Trustees

CrossTalk: DC Reflects on Identity and Difference
Folger Shakespeare Library

The Democratic Dialogue Project
Humanities New York

Pivotal US Elections: Then and Now
Humanities Texas

Making the West Side: Community Conversations on Neighborhood Change
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

A More Perfect Union: Civic Education for American Families
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

A Broad and Sure Foundation: The 14th Amendment in American Life and Imagination
Maine Humanities Council

E Pluribus Unum?: Missouri and the Fractured Society
Missouri Humanities Council

The Second Founding: The History and Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment
National Constitution Center

States of Incarceration
New School Humanties Action Lab

Project Unpack: Telling Stories, Creating Community
North Dakota State University, Main Campus

Food in the Public Square
Northampton County Area Community College

Power and Place: A Year-long Project by Oregon Humanities
Oregon Humanities

Migration Stories: Africans in Midwestern Communities
University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc

Baltimore Stories: Narratives and the Life of and American City
University of Maryland, College Park

Global Minnesota: Immigrants Past and Present
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Civil Rights Literacy and Its Benefits to the Common Good
University of Mississippi, Main Campus

Telling Our Stories of Home: Exploring and Celebrating Changing African Diaspora Communities
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

A State of Many Nations: Immigration and the Changing Face of Virginia
University of Virginia