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 June to host a program in the Fall, or in December for the Spring. Firmer deadlines appear as those periods approach.
Humanities NY provides quality training and resources to enable a successful conversation. Up to 15 copies of each book in a theme will be made available to host sites that request them. Host sites must select a facilitator to guide discussions, who Humanities NY will pay $150 per session.
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.
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.