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The Untold Stories of American Veterans

December 19, 2023 - By Tanya Miller

What began as a qualitative research project on the connection between authentic learning and student engagement quickly grew to have a life of its own. I conceived of this project while conducting research for my dissertation in educational leadership through the Minnesota State University of Moorhead.

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Transitions

March 24, 2023 - By Gwen Nell Westerman

Now that the days are becoming longer than the nights, the ravine behind my house is filled with the sounds of the open river and the songs of finches, chickadees, nuthatches, owls, and eagles.

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Wild Things – Transgender Day of Visibility

March 14, 2023 - By Lynette Reini-Grandell

I am honored to be invited to talk about my memoir, Wild Things: A Trans-Glam-Punk-Rock Love Story, with my spouse Venus de Mars on Transgender Day of Visibility. The book chronicles our personal stories of what it was like to be trans in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, before…

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Harnessing the Digital Humanities to Engage With Black History

February 13, 2023 - By Karen Sieber

As a historian of Black history, I have spent much of my career drawing attention to people, places, and events that get left out of the textbooks. While I am happy to talk off anyone’s ear who will listen, my job is made exponentially easier by having options for sharing…

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A Vision Trust of Black Men

February 6, 2023 - By Dr. David Hamlar

In October of 2022, MHC partnered with Robin Hickman-Winfield of SoulTouch Productions and The Ordway Theater to form A Vision Trust of Black Men. Robin’s vision is a group of Black men committed to uplifting the Black community and embracing the legacies of Black Veterans. In February 2023, The Ordway will…

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A Vision Trust of Black Men

February 1, 2023 - By Alex Tittle

In October of 2022, MHC partnered with Robin Hickman-Winfield of SoulTouch Productions and The Ordway Theater to form A Vision Trust of Black Men. Robin’s vision is a group of Black men committed to uplifting the Black community and embracing the legacies of Black Veterans. In February 2023, The Ordway…

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Reflecting on Native-led Humanities Activities Throughout Mni Sota

November 1, 2022 - By Jennifer Tonko

Háŋ! Boozhoo! Welcome to Native American Heritage Month! This period of recognition, reflection, and celebration is set aside by the U.S. Federal government to recognize the Indigenous peoples of this place, who governed themselves as citizens of many sovereign nations, long before European colonizers were intent upon living here. In…

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The Impacts of We Are Water

May 10, 2022 - By Troy Goodnough

I am excited about Minnesota Humanities Center leadership and for making the We Are Water MN (WAW) program available to partner-host sites across the state. I want to share a bit about our experience at UMN Morris.  The We Are Water program was an important catalyst for our community to…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Remembering Women Democracy Educators

March 11, 2022 - By Marie Ström

A learning pair at the Jane Addams School Social movements don’t gain momentum automatically. People must be equipped for leadership and action. Too often this formative work is overshadowed by the headline-making events it makes possible. Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on women democracy educators…

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Third Way Civics: Educating Undergraduates for American Democracy

March 4, 2022 - By Trygve Throntveit

“Most students report that they want their post-college lives to be personally rewarding and publicly meaningful.” What does it mean to live in a democracy? This question confronts all peoples aspiring to a life of liberty, security, and dignity. For those living in a political system committed…

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