The Board of Directors of the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to advancing greater public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, has elected three new members from southwest Idaho to its 19-member board. The new members will serve three-year terms and attend their first meeting in February 2017.
Tamara Ansotegui (Boise) teaches social studies to middle and high school students at Basin School District in Idaho City. She holds degrees from Rutgers (ABD, geography), Cornell University (MLA, landscape architecture), and Boise State University (B.A., English). She taught graduate and undergraduate students in landscape architecture and environmental planning at Utah State University for four years, and a variety of courses in cultural geography, landscape architecture, and urban design theory at Rutgers, Cornell, and the University of Idaho, including a course in architectural history as a Fulbright Fellow to the Czech Republic. She is currently a Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the City of Boise.
Carolyn Gonzalez (Caldwell) is an Assistant Professor of Modern Foreign Languages at the College of Idaho, where she has taught since 2015. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Roanoke College. Her academic work explores the fields of women’s studies, Hispanic languages and literatures, and Latin American and Caribbean studies. As a fairly new resident of Idaho, she would like to explore opportunities to foster more conversations and public programs about Idaho’s growing multicultural heritage.
Bill Manny (Boise) is Community Engagement Editor for the Idaho Statesman. He’s been a reporter, editor, or opinion writer since graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1981. He has been with the Idaho Statesman since 2000. He is a board member and former President of the City Club of Boise, where he oversaw the City Club’s yearlong Civility Initiative in 2016, which culminated in a “civility summit” that brought together journalists, government officials, and many other civic and community activists to explore ways to address issues of public concern through civil discourse. He is involved in helping plan a Civic Literacy Conference with Idaho Public Television, Boise State University, and other partners in the spring of 2018.
The IHC board is comprised of academic, public, and at-large members representing all regions of the state (N, SW, and SE). Four members are appointed by the governor. Terms are three years, renewable once. Several members rotate off the board each fall as terms expire and new members are elected.
Supported in part by a major annual grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsorships from corporate and nonprofit friends, and donations from individuals, the IHC’s mission is to “deepen understanding of human experience by connecting people with ideas.” The board meets three times a year to award grants for public humanities programs throughout Idaho, and to plan special projects and programs to promote greater public understanding of literature, history, cultural anthropology, law, and other humanities disciplines.
For more information, visit www.idahohumanities.org or call (208) 345-5346.