Interview conducted by Nicholas MacDonald, Humanities New York HNY: How did you each get started with the League of Women Voters? Laura: I joined the League in 1982, when I moved from Washington D.C. to Albany. I was worried about not being as involved in politics, that turned out to not be a concern! Dare: I was pretty apolitical for the first 25 years of my life, but then I accidentally got a job teaching middle school social studies. Having to teach the Constitution really opened my eyes to civic responsibility; after that, I became involved with the League of […]
Dear Friend, Thank you for participating in the work of Humanities New York! Like you, I am dismayed by reports that the initial budget being proposed in D.C. calls for the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, among others. The NEH is the largest source of HNY’s revenue and provides the funds for our popular grants program. Our second largest funding source is New York State, also crucially important to defend. So we ask you to add your voice to the chorus of support for the NEH nationwide, and as a New Yorker, to […]
Applications are due Friday, December 16 for a Spring 2017 program! Open to any tax-exempt organization in New York State, Humanities New York’s Reading & Discussion Programs for Adults bring together community members for a series of thematically-linked, text-based conversations about important ideas. Click here to see all available themes. How to Apply You choose a theme, decide how many sessions to hold, and find a local scholar to facilitate the discussions. After you’re awarded the program, you then select readings from our themed book lists that work best for your community. Sample syllabi can be found on HNY’s website. Applications […]
Dear Friend, On the occasion of our 40th anniversary, the New York Council for the Humanities is updating our brand, look, and name: we are now “Humanities New York.” A new website contains links to our programs, grants, and events–which have been changing all along to keep up with our changing communities. Now these resources are even more user-friendly. The site also features some of the luminaries whose work we have supported through 40 years of leadership in the public humanities. Creating a graphic identity for the organization presented a challenge, as the humanities are not easily boiled down to […]
GLENS FALLS – A program celebrating the 1916 presidential campaign of Glens Falls native Charles Evans Hughes is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St. in Glens Falls. Exactly 100 years ago, Hughes — a former New York governor and U.S. Supreme Court justice — ran against, and was narrowly defeated by, incumbent President Woodrow Wilson. Hughes, the Republican Party’s nominee, will be portrayed by biographer William Loughrey, who will talk about Hughes’s career during an interview with Saratogian reporter Paul Post. After the 1916 election, Hughes later became U.S. Secretary of State and was […]
By Roger Green October 10, 2016 The Times Union The New York State Museum will be offering a six-week lecture/discussion series on Presidential campaign history at every Thursday, 6 to 8 pm, from October 13 until November 17. The discussion is being led by local author Giacomo Calabria, and it is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. The series is free, open to the public, and you are most welcome to join! You can find the full details, including links to the syllabus here. Please register with Nicole LaFountain at [email protected] or call (518) 474-0575. “This series […]
Gwendolyn Craig, The Citizen • Jim Brady and Mickey Belosi, of Auburn, took a trip to New York City. On their itinerary was a stop in Harlem to walk in the footsteps of an author influencing a six-week, ongoing discussion nearly 30 years after he died — James Baldwin.
Roslyn Bernstein, The Huffington Post • These days, the SoHo art galleries, or at least most of them, can be found in Chelsea and SoHo artists, the ones who have not cashed out and relocated, in their lofts on the floors above the clothing stores that replaced the galleries. Most artists are now in their 70s and 80s. Many have children who have moved to Williamsburg or Park Slope or Red Hook in Brooklyn or abandoned New York City as it\’s too expensive, choosing to settle elsewhere in California or in the Midwest.
The New York Council for the Humanities has been awarded $200,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ program The Humanities in the Public Square, to support “The Democratic Dialogue Project,” a yearlong, statewide series of programming that will explore the meaning of democratic citizenship.
In July, Humanities New York Grant Officer, Kate Sidley, spoke with Jenni Werner and Mary Tiballi-Hoffman of the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester about their funded grant project, “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House”—a four day celebration honoring legendary blues musician Eddie “Son” House. Geva Theatre Center received an Action grant in support of this project.