The Missouri Humanities Council is proud to announce the receipt of a “Humanities in the Public Square” grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities. This project will feature a year-long series of statewide conversations about the history of cultural and social polarization in Missouri, from the Missouri Compromise in 1820 to the 2014 Ferguson protests.
The humanities are medicine in that we are taking the pulse of this patient called the United States and we are learning from the mistakes we have made and the successes we have had and applying that to the present and the future.” -Ken Burns, The Heart of the Matter
In partnership with the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center, Kansas City Public Library, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, Missouri History Museum, Nine Network for Public Media, and the Washington University in St. Louis-Center for the Humanities, we will strive to answer the question:
How can the humanities address the divide that has become so prevalent in contemporary American life and contribute to the building of new forms of community?
In the upcoming year, MHC will oversee a multi-part project to include lectures, panel discussions, traveling exhibitions, and community programs that will be free and open to the public. Stay tuned for a full listing of events.
*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed as part of this project, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.*
October 25, 2016
Kansas City Public Library – Central
6:30 – 8:00pm
In partnership with the KCPL and Guadalupe Centers, Inc.: “Building Bridges: Facing the Challenges of Polarization within Kansas City for Latinos and African Americans” – A panel of local and locally connected leaders discusses their history in Kansas City and the role of the humanities in overcoming polarization.
September 22, 2016
In partnership with Guadalupe Centers a lecture, held by Rogelio Saenz, Dean of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will be hosted at UMKC on Thursday, September 22nd. The lecture will highlight, “The Growth of the Latina/o Population: Implications for the November 2016 Election and Beyond.” This event is free and open to the public.