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Welcome to the Idaho Humanities Council, celebrating its 43rd year in Idaho, connecting you to programs, grant opportunities, and resources that promote greater public awareness, appreciation and understanding of literature, history, philosophy, jurisprudence, and other humanities disciplines.

The IHC seeks to deepen understanding of human experience by connecting people with ideas, by encouraging civility and good citizenship, and by initiating community conversations about ideas that enlighten us about the past and light our way toward wisdom and a meaningful future.

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The Heart of the Matter

Watch this short video, The Heart of the Matter, to hear Star Wars director George Lucas, actor John Lithgow, columnist David Brooks, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and others eloquently call for a renewed commitment to humanities education in America.


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Thu, January 28 2016 – Sun, March 12 2017

Burley Public LIbrary to host Water/Ways exhibit and "Water in the West" conference

The Burley Public Library will hold a daylong conference as part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit on Water/Ways. Read More
Wed, November 2 2016

IHC Publishes Anthology on Idaho Wilderness

The Idaho Humanities Council announces publication of Idaho Wilderness Considered anthology. Read More
Wed, December 7 2016 – Sun, January 15 2017

IHC Invites Grant Applications

The Idaho Humanities Council invites Submission of grant proposals. The deadline is January 15, 2017.  Read More
Mon, December 12 2016

US Bank Foundation Supports the Smithsonian in Idaho

The U.S. Bank Foundation supports the 2016-2017 tour of the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition Water/Ways in Idaho.  Read More
Wed, January 11 2017

National Book Award winner Timothy Egan to speak in Twin Falls, April 13

National Book Award winner Timothy Egan, author of Immortal Irishman: Thomas Francis Meagher and the Invention of Irish America, will deliver the IHC's 3rd Annual Magic Valley Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7 p.m. at the Canyon Crest Event Center. Read More
Thu, January 12 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anthony Doerr to speak in Idaho Falls, April 20

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannont See, will deliver IHC's 10th Annual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, April 20th at 7 p.m. at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls. Read More
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