Minnesota Humanities Center

Understanding each other better through the humanities

The Minnesota Humanities Center collaborates with individuals, organizations, and communities to bring transformational humanities programming into the lives of Minnesotans throughout the state.

Our Mission

The Minnesota Humanities Center connects our past, present, and future by bringing people together to increase understanding and spark change.

Director: Andrea Ellen Reed; Writer: Julianne Olsen; Videographer/Editor: Chris Jopp

Connect with MHC

Connect with MHC through our professional development offerings, immersive experiences, traveling exhibits, and more. Whether it’s online, at the Minnesota Humanities Event Center, or in your own community, we offer a variety of opportunities to connect, engage, and promote the humanities across Minnesota.

“The humanities protect and give life to our most enduring values. The very DNA of civilization is encoded in the poet’s song, the painter’s brushstroke, and the vibrant dialogue about ideas.”

Richard J.Franke – CEO of John Nuveen and Co. and Founder of the Chicago Humanities Festival

Upcoming Events

Online – Woman Life Freedom (3 part series)

Woman, Life, Freedom: The Iranian Women’s Revolution in Transnational Context, with Dr. Yalda Hamidi from Minnesota State University-Mankato, is a three-part online series. Participants will learn more about Iranian history and culture, women’s rights in Iran, and the current women’s revolution, using pre-assigned readings and primary resources to guide their discussions. Participants must attend all three sessions.

The Great Northern Festival – Learning from Place: Bdote

Learning from Place: Bdote – visit sites of great significance to Dakota people. Participants will learn from Dakota community members through stories and histories that have often been left out of our state’s history. This event is offered in partnership with The Great Northern as part of its 2022 festival.

MN Writers Series: The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself Book Launch

Join us on Wednesday, February 8, to celebrate the release of David Mura’s new book, “The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives”, released in January of 2023 by University of Minnesota Press. Following a reading of selections from the new book, Mura will be joined by his friend and fellow writer Alexs Pate for a discussion on dismantling the myth of whiteness.

Onamia and Online – Dakota and Ojibwe Languages Symposium

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council’s Language Revitalization Working Group, partnering with the Minnesota Humanities Center, is hosting a two-day Dakota & Ojibwe Languages Symposium! The goal of the symposium is to bring people working in Dakota & Ojibwe language revitalization together.