In each of Humanities NY's Reading & Discussion Programs, participants read a series of thematically linked texts over the course of four, five, or six sessions. At each session, participants come together with others in their community to discuss what they’ve read in a conversation facilitated by a trained local scholar.
Any tax-exempt organization in New York State can host this program. Host sites agree to pay a fee of $25 per session, but the fee may be waived upon request.
There are two deadlines a year. Apply in December to host a program in the Spring, or in June for the Fall. Firmer deadlines appear as those periods approach.
Humanities NY provides quality training and resources to enable a successful conversation. Due to capacity limitations, HNY will be unable to supply books to organizations applying for Fall 2020 Reading & Discussion programs, so please take this into consideration when applying. Host sites must select a facilitator to guide discussions, who Humanities NY will pay $150 per session.
The Deadline for Spring R&D programs is December 14th.
To host a Reading & Discussion program, browse the themes listed and follow the link to apply. If you have additional questions, contact Program Officer Adam Capitanio.
Humanities New York will make every effort to work with our R&D awardees.
Please notify us of any project delays or cancellations to Reading & Discussion programs by emailing [email protected]. We will adjust the grant period end date and final report due dates accordingly. Postponements past the summer may not be possible if the borrowed books in question will be needed for the fall programs. Groups that have not yet received books for this spring season will experience some delay at this point in obtaining them.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.
Grants of up to $1,000 to support organizations in developing their own Reading & Discussion program. Only available to organizations that have previously hosted one of HNY's Reading & Discussion Programs. This program allows organizations and facilitators to create their own group.