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Humanities Events In and Around Idaho

Times, dates and locations are subject to change. 
Please call the listed contact to verify the program information.
All programs are open to the general public.

indicates an IHC Speaker's Bureau event.

Thu, January 19 2017 – Mon, May 29 2017
Rome,” An Exhibition About Ancient Rome
The exhibit “Rome” will be hosted at the Museum of Idaho from January 19, 2017 through May 29, 2017. The exhibit will illustrate various aspects of Roman civilization. Many of the technological and social innovations of Rome are still influential today. Read on for more details.
sponsor: Museum of Idaho
contact: Kimberly Lee
phone: (208) 522-1400 Ext. 3007
location: Museum of Idaho, 200 North Eastern Ave., Idaho Falls, ID
Wed, February 1 2017 – Sat, November 11 2017
Gernika Gogoratuz: Remembering Gernika
The Basque Museum & Cultural Center will be opening three new gallery exhibits in 2017: The 80th Anniversary of the Bombing of Gernika (4/26/2017), Basques in the U.S. Military, and The Time of the Lambing.
sponsor: Basque Museum & Cultural Center
contact: Annie Gavica
phone: (208) 577-2250
location: Basque Museum & Cultural Cente, 611 Grove St., Boise, ID
Thu, February 9 2017 – Thu, May 4 2017
2017 Read Me Treasure Valley
For more details of this event, please read on.
sponsor: Ada Community Library Victory Branch
contact: Mary DeWalt
phone: (208) 362-0181
Tue, April 18 2017 – Wed, May 24 2017
Inde Lens Pop-Up Documentary Film Series
INDIE LENS POP-UP is a nation-wide documentary film series offering groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiatives featuring screenings of films from the Emmy award-winning PBS television series INDEPENDENT LENS.
sponsor: Magic Valley Arts Council
contact: Carolyn White
phone: (208) 734-2787
location: Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Pl, Twin Falls, ID
Mon, April 24 2017 at 7:00 PM
Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folksongs
sponsor: McCall Public LIbrary
contact: Casey Bruck
phone: (208) 634-5522
location: McCall Public LIbrary, 218 E. Park Street, McCall, ID
APRIL 2017
Tue, April 25 2017 at 7:00
Presidents and First Pitches: A Short History of Politics and Baseball
Join your friends at the Idaho Humanities Council to celebrate the beginning of baseball season with a guest lecture by Marc Johnson.
Tue, April 25 2017 at 5:30 PM
Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folksongs
sponsor: Grangeville Centennial Library
contact: Angela Norman
phone: (208) 983-0951
location: Grangeville Centennial Library, 215 W. North St., Grangeville, ID
Tue, April 25 2017 at 7:00 PM
The Pox, The Flux and Other Maladies
sponsor: Meadows Valley Public Library
contact: Audrey Crogh
phone: (208) 347-3147
location: Meadows Valley Public Library, Idaho Room, 400 Virginia, New Meadows, ID
Thu, April 27 2017 at 7:00 PM
Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folksongs
sponsor: CDA Public Library
contact: David Townsend
phone: (208) 769-2315, Ext. 426
location: Coeur d'Alene Public Library, Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID
Sat, April 29 2017 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pioneer Literature, Annual Presentation at White Spring Ranch
White Spring Ranch Museum is having our first Annual Pioneer Literature Presentation in conjunction with Genesee K-12 and homeschool children in the Palouse area. Stations will be set up to interpret events in the "Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and other children's pioneer literature. Our Log cabin, Grounds, Farmhouse and Sod home station will represent incidents and places in these stories of Pioneer Life, which were written through the children's eyes.
sponsor: White Spring Ranch Museum/Archive Library
contact: Diane Conroy
phone: (208) 416-1006
location: White Spring Ranch Museum, 1004 Lorang Rd., Genesee, ID
MAY 2017
Wed, May 3 2017 at 6:30 PM – Wed, June 7 2017 at 6:30 PM
Neighbor Narratives - A project of the Idaho Office for Refugees
Join the Idaho Office for Refugees to celebrate the diversity in our community through the power of storytelling! Hear trained refugee storytellers share their experiences, and what makes us all Idahoans, followed by a moderated Q&A session with the audience.
sponsor: Jannus, Inc.
contact: Jan Reeves
phone: (208) 336-5533
Thu, May 11 2017 at 7:00 PM
Executive Orders: Balancing the Branches of Government
speaker: David Adler
sponsor: CDA Public Library
contact: David Townsend
phone: (208) 769-2315, Ext. 426
location: Coeur d'Alene Public Library, Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID
Fri, May 19 2017 at 7:00 PM
Polly Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer
sponsor: Owyhee County Historical Society
contact: Amy Johnson
phone: (208) 495-2319
location: Owyhee County Museum, McKeeth Hall, 17085 Basey St., Murphy, ID
Tue, May 23 2017 at 3:00 PM
Climate Change and Fossil Fuels: A New Dynamic Emerges
sponsor: Heatherwood Retirement Community
contact: Paul Fredericks
phone: (208) 345-2150
location: Heatherwood Retirement Community, Friendship Room, 5277 W. Kootenai St., Boise, ID
Thu, May 25 2017 at 7:00 PM
Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folksongs
sponsor: Boise Public Library
contact: Jody Vestal
phone: (208) 972-8226
location: Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID
Sat, May 27 2017 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saving the Stories of the Silver Valley
Saving the Stories of the Silver Valley is a multi-year collection of oral/video interviews of men and women from the Silver Valley. Their experiences in the boom and bust mining towns and nature's fury in the area are unique. Come join us for the kick-off of our oral/video library on May 27th.
sponsor: Wallace District Mining Museum
contact: Tammy Copelan
phone: (208) 556-1592
location: Wallace Distirct Mining Museum, Wallace, ID
JUNE 2017
Fri, June 2 2017 at 7:00 PM
Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folksongs
sponsor: Idaho Power Company
contact: Molly Lowe
phone: (541) 785-7270
location: Copperfield Park, Hwy. 86, Oxbow, OR
Thu, June 8 2017 at 5:00 PM
U.S. Senator Frank Church: It's Called Democracy
speaker: Steve Shaw
sponsor: Friends of the West Bonner District Library
contact: Alice Booth
phone: (208) 448-1087
location: Priest River Library, Conference Room, 118 Main St., Priest River, ID
JULY 2017
Sun, July 16 2017 – Fri, July 21 2017
Idaho Teachers Invited to Attend Summer Institute on Wallace Stegner
Idaho teachers are invited to apply to attend the IHC's 2017 summer institute exploring the theme "Wallace Stegner and the Consciousness of Place."
contact: Cindy Wange
phone: (208) 345-5346
location: Boise State University, 1910 University Dr., Boise, ID
Thu, August 3 2017 at 6:30 PM
Library Archive Preservation, History Night
The Library Archive Preservation Project is a collection of local history at the Caldwell Public Library. This collection is accessible to the public. The Caldwell Public Library will be hosting a local history night to showcase select historical materials from our archival collection.
sponsor: Caldwell Public Library
contact: Marina Rose
phone: (208) 459-3242
location: Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St., Caldwell, ID
Sun, September 17 2017 at 12:00 noon - 4:30 PM
Museum Rock Party 2017
The Rock Party is designed as an engaging and educational hands-on museum event for children and families. The event focuses on Idaho’s historic mining, fossils and geology. Guided by dozens of volunteers, students work their way through numerous activity stations that have them using rock hammers, manipulating clay, sifting through sand, and more.
sponsor: Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology
contact: Shirley Ewing
phone: (208) 283-3186
location: Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentisry Rd., Boise, ID
Wed, October 4 2017 – Sun, October 8 2017
Sheeptales Gathering 2017 - The Shepherdess of the Glaciers
We are bringing in Stanzin Dorjai to screen his documentary film centered on a shepherdess of sheep and endangered Pashmina goats in the Himalayas titled “Shepherdess of the Glaciers.” In addition, we will be bringing in his long-time friend and colleague, Konchok Stobgais, who helped found the Cashmere Center in Pangong of India’s High Himalayas. Stanzin will present the film, conduct a Q&A and story tell. While Stobgais will do a workshop on working with cashmere from the nomad’s viewpoint and provide a demonstration of how to make rope out of wool.
sponsor: Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center, Inc.
contact: Laura Drake
phone: (208) 720-0585
Thu, October 5 2017 at 10:30 AM
Constitutional Intersections
speaker: David Adler
sponsor: ISU Continuing Education
contact: Shirley McElprang-Hockett
phone: (208) 282-2789
location: Liberty Hall Event Center, 325 W. Benton St., Pocatello, ID
Sat, October 14 2017 at 6:30 PM
Chocolate: Food of the Gods
speaker: Lauren Fins
sponsor: American Falls District Library
contact: Debbie Walmsley
phone: (208) 226-2335
location: American Falls District Library, Community Room, 308 Roosevelt St., American Falls, ID
Thu, October 19 2017 at 5:00 PM
Spirits of the Salmon River
sponsor: Friends of the West Bonner District Library
contact: Alice Booth
phone: (208) 448-1087
location: Priest River Library, Conference Room, 118 Main St., Priest River, ID
Sat, November 4 2017 at 6:00 PM
The Value of the Humanities
speaker: Susan Swetnam
sponsor: North Idaho College
contact: Sara Fladeland
phone: (208) 769-7750
location: North Idaho College, Edminster Student Union, Lake Coeur d'Alene Room, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID
Wed, November 8 2017 at 6:00 PM
Panel Discussion: Things You Know But Cannot Explain
The Boise Art Museum will present a panel discussion using the artwork of Native American artist Rick Bartow (1946-2016) as a focal point to have conversations about heritage, culture, storytelling, transformation, and identity. A moderator and three panelists will lend insight and help audience members understand and make personal and multi-disciplinary connections between the work of an important American artist and their own experiences.
sponsor: Boise Art Museum
contact: Melanie Fales
phone: (208) 345-8330
location: Boise State University Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise ID 83725.
Tue, December 5 2017 – Fri, December 8 2017
Surviving Voices
"Surviving Voices” is a four-day event that turns to the humanities—the disciplines that foster exploration, understanding, and creative thinking—to provoke thought and demonstrate how alternative perspectives can help develop important strategies for combating violence against women in its many forms. This series will feature speakers such as Elizabeth Smart, discussions with women’s studies scholars, documentary films, and theatre performances. All events are free and open to the public.
sponsor: Idaho State University
contact: Elizabeth Brunner
phone: (208) 282-1478
Sun, December 31 2017
Origins, a New, Permanent Exhibit at the Idaho State Historical Museum
sponsor: Idaho State Historical Society
contact: Dax Chizum
phone: (208) 514-2304
location: Idaho State Historical Society, 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, ID
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