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Welcome to the Idaho Humanities Council, celebrating its 42nd 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.

Please take a moment to watch this short video to learn more about the Idaho Humanities Council.

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.


Mon, December 29 2014 – Fri, January 1 2010

Idaho Humanities Council Awards $75,000 to Grant Recipients at Fall Meeting

The Idaho Humanities Council awarded $75,982 in grants to organizations and individuals at its fall board meeting in Boise.  Read More
Tue, January 6 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer Diane McWhorter to Speak in Idaho Falls in April

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climatic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, will be the speaker at the IHC’s 8th Annual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7 p.m., at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls. Read More
Wed, February 4 2015 – Wed, April 1 2015

Idaho Humanities Council and Ada Community Library Partner on Programs that Explore the Experience of Vietnam War Veterans

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the Idaho Humanities Council and Ada Community Library are partnering on “Read Me Treasure Valley,” the annual southwest Idaho program that encourages community-wide reading of the same book. Read More
Thu, February 26 2015 at 7:00 PM

IHC to Honor Historian Judy Austin for Outstanding Achievement, February 26th

The IHC will honor former Idaho Yesterdays editor Judy Austin with the council’s award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities” at a wine/dessert reception and ceremony on Thursday, February 26th. Read More
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