The Humanities NY calendar is a list of cultural and humanities events across New York State. It includes listings for HNY’s public programs, along with events supported by HNY through our grantees and partners.

Mohawk Hudson Folklife Festival

Washington Park at the Lake House Amphitheater Madison Avenue &, New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY

October 2nd join us in Albany’s Washington Park at the Lake House Amphitheater for the Mohawk Hudson Folklife Festival. The festival will feature the artists, tradition bearers and musicians identified by our Community Fieldworkers. Artists will display and demonstrate their work throughout the day for visitors to engage and participate. Demonstrations will include; African Hair Braiding, Iconography, Wood Carving and foodways demonstrations. Adults and children will have the chance to try their hand at crafts inspired by these traditions in workshops and activities.

Free
Recurring

Lincoln on the Civil War, a Reading & Discussion program at JCAL

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NY

In recent times, the press has speculated that due to the growing polarization of US politics, perhaps a American civil war is in the offing. This fall, JCAL Reads, supported by a grant from Humanities New York, isn't looking to stoke such speculation so much as gain a historical perspective on what this means. By examining some of the Abraham Lincoln's addresses on freedom, civic duty, slavery and the Constitution both before and during his Presidency -- from his 1838 “Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois” to his famous “House Divided” speech -- we will reflect on […]

Local Learning: The National Network For Folk Arts In Education

The Rockwell Museum 111 Cedar Street, Corning, NY

This community conversation, the first in a series, introduces the broader community of the Southern Finger Lakes to three local cultural groups and their traditions through self-representative media projects created by members of those communities. These media presentations are followed by a public conversation around cultural stewardship and will demonstrate practical ways for other local communities to document and investigate their own traditions. Resources will be provided to the public to assist others in becoming cultural stewards of their own community.

Indigenous Women’s Voices Summit: Artist Panel Discussion

Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre 219 Main St, Hurleyville, NY

A free public discussion and Q+A with the filmmakers, musicians, and visual artists of the 2022 Indigenous Women’s Voices Summit. Event will be moderated by Designer Kaweniiosta Jock and features a performance by the Akwesasne Women’s Singers. Speakers include: * American Indian Movement leader Madonna Thunder Hawk, featured in the film Warrior Women * Food Sovereignty & Cultural Revitalization activist Marcella Gilbert * Filmmaker Ivey Camille, Director of Powerlands * Visual Artist Althena LaTocha * Akwesasne Women Singers performers Bear Fox, Elizabeth Nanticoke, Iawentas Nanticoke, and Tekonwakwenni Nanticoke Speaker Bios: Oohenumpa Lakota matriarch Dr. Madonna Thunder Hawk is one of […]

Free
Recurring

Lincoln on the Civil War, a Reading & Discussion program at JCAL

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NY

In recent times, the press has speculated that due to the growing polarization of US politics, perhaps a American civil war is in the offing. This fall, JCAL Reads, supported by a grant from Humanities New York, isn't looking to stoke such speculation so much as gain a historical perspective on what this means. By examining some of the Abraham Lincoln's addresses on freedom, civic duty, slavery and the Constitution both before and during his Presidency -- from his 1838 “Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois” to his famous “House Divided” speech -- we will reflect on […]

Creating the HOW(ever) & How2 Digital Archive

NY

This event will present the archival materials that are the basis of the HOW(ever) & How2 Digital Archive Project; discussion will cover the vision for the scholarly website based on these materials and work to do date on this site. This event will take place under the institutional auspices of University at Buffalo's Digital Scholarship Studio Network.

Free

Mohawk Nation: Then, Now, the Future

Paul Smith's College, Freer Auditorium 7777 NY-30, Paul Smiths, NY

This event, one of two from Third World Newsreel and Paul Smith's College, are conceived as windows into the histories of indigenous people and windows that open onto the possibilities for the future. Ganienkeh is the independent land of the Mohawk people in upstate New York, whose sovereignty was re-established in 1974. Planned in collaboration with the Ganienkeh, this pair of programs focuses on indigenous activism and current challenges to survival. The event will included discussion of the process of cultural solidarity and creating innovative media practices. This October program, organized by Professor Annie Rochon (Kanehsatake) of Paul Smith's College […]

Free

The Islandmagee Witches

Online NY

Professor Andrew Sneddon of Ulster University will discuss the last witch hunt in Ireland. He will place the story of the Islandmagee witches within the larger context of Irish witchcraft trials and crime, 1550–1950.

Free
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Lincoln on the Civil War, a Reading & Discussion program at JCAL

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NY

In recent times, the press has speculated that due to the growing polarization of US politics, perhaps a American civil war is in the offing. This fall, JCAL Reads, supported by a grant from Humanities New York, isn't looking to stoke such speculation so much as gain a historical perspective on what this means. By examining some of the Abraham Lincoln's addresses on freedom, civic duty, slavery and the Constitution both before and during his Presidency -- from his 1838 “Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois” to his famous “House Divided” speech -- we will reflect on […]

Recurring

James Baldwin’s America, a Reading & Discussion program at Woodstock Public Library

NY

Author Sheila Isenberg will lead a discussion group reading the novels of James Baldwin at Woodstock Library. In six sessions, this course will examine two novels by James Baldwin in an attempt to understand their relevance to this country’s history — in terms of slavery, racism, relations between blacks and whites, and the continuance of social and cultural behaviors that separate blacks and whites. “Americans cannot afford not to see how the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow shape the present,” Baldwin has written. “Our blindness, in other words, is lethal.”