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Why We Write

May 26, 2020 - By John S. Wright, Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota

Writing one’s trauma memories is cathartic and is a path to healing. I use the term healing in an ambiguous way—hose who have lived through trauma know that one never forgets; the goal is to learn how to integrate those trauma experiences into ones’ life. Where might you begin? Select…

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Our New Vision

February 27, 2020 - By Christopher P. Lehman

The new vision for the Minnesota Humanities Center calls upon the organization to utilize the disciplines of the humanities to increase understanding, innovation, and justice. The new vision for the Minnesota Humanities Center – A just society that is curious, connected, and compassionate. Justice is afforded to people when…

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The Case for Civic Education

February 18, 2020 - By Christopher P. Lehman

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” The words of President Thomas Jefferson still ring true today more than 200 years later.

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A Conversation with 2019 Jefferson Lecturer Father Columba Stewart

October 3, 2019 - By Minnesota Humanities Center

Why Cultural Heritage Matters Globally and Locally: A Conversation with Father Columba Stewart and Fred The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML), the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC), and the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) are pleased to present Why Cultural Heritage Matters Globally and Locally: A Conversation with Father Columba Stewart…

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Request for Writers: Dakota and Ojibwe Book Publishing Opportunity

September 11, 2019 - By Minnesota Humanities Center

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) are seeking up to four writers for a series of third-grade level books highlighting the history and experiences of influential Dakota and Ojibwe people: leaders, healers, culture-keepers, and other notable figures. These books will supplement the “Why…

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2019 Veterans’ Voices Awardees Announced

September 3, 2019 - By Minnesota Humanities Center

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) is thrilled to announce the 2019 Veterans’ Voices Awardees! These nine individuals have shared exemplary written works of poetry, prose, essays, memoirs, and more that speak to their military service and experiences as a Veteran. Through the written word, Veterans find their voice, process their…

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Bruce Lee and the Rules of Engagement

July 23, 2019 - By Karin Aguilar-San Juan

For several years at Macalester College I’ve been teaching a course about Bruce Lee, the iconic martial artist/movie star from the 1970s. The course explores themes of racism, masculinity, and violence. As a lifelong martial arts practitioner myself, I admire Bruce Lee’s skill, perseverance, and insight. In order to prevent…

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