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December 3, 2012

 

Each year the National Endowment for the Humanities hosts numerous summer programs for educators. The workshops and seminars cover a variety of topics in the humanities and are free of charge with stipends available for travel and other costs. If you are or you know a school, college, or university educator, take a look at the 2013 list of opportunities here.

Deadlines vary for application, so take a look soon and often!

November 19, 2012

The Board of Directors of Humanities Tennessee has named Tim Henderson as Executive Director of the organization following outgoing President Robert Cheatham’s retirement at the end of the year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Board of Directors of Humanities Tennessee has named Tim Henderson as Executive Director of the organization following outgoing President Robert Cheatham’s retirement at the end of the year.

November 1, 2012

Philanthropists Jim and Janet Ayers have donated 500 copies of the recent book The Art of Community: Janet and Jim Ayers’ Collection of Tennessee Art, to Humanities Tennessee. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Humanities Tennessee programs, including the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word.

Philanthropists Jim and Janet Ayers have donated 500 copies of the recent book The Art of Community: Janet and Jim Ayers’ Collection of Tennessee Art, to Humanities Tennessee. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Humanities Tennessee programs, including the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word.

October 31, 2012

Humanities Tennessee's statewide reading and discussion program, Making Sense of the American Civil War, wraps up at the Chattanooga Public Library on November 13th and has averaged 26 participants for each discussion so far. The conversation will soon move to three more cities across the state in January and February.

October 31, 2012

Student Reader Day events this fall were bigger and better than ever thanks to generous grants from the Nashville Predators Foundation and Dollar General Literacy Foundation. We were able to send seven wonderful authors from this year’s Southern Festival of Books program to eight Title 1 elementary, middle, and high schools and we were able to purchase more than 1,600 books for participating students to keep to start (or add to) their own personal library.

October 31, 2012

The Parsons & Greater Area Museum and the Pleasant Hill Historical Society/Pioneer Hall Museum are both embarking on projects to strengthen their relationships with their local schools by providing students with insightful museum programs that meet the educational goals required of teachers.

The Parsons & Greater Area Museum and the Pleasant Hill Historical Society/Pioneer Hall Museum are both embarking on projects to strengthen their relationships with their local schools by providing students with insightful museum programs that meet the educational goals required of teachers.

October 31, 2012

To be part of the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word as a reader, an author, or a volunteer is to be part of the larger literary community that comes together in Nashville every October. For three days, panel discussions, readings, and signings connect writers with readers.  This year, more than 60 exhibitors, three performance stages, and Nashville’s best food trucks helped to make the weekend a true celebration for book lovers.

October 5, 2012

The Humanities Tennessee Authors Bureau provides authors for community visits. The bureau is a program of Humanities Tennessee, with support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. There is no cost to programs for this service. 

The Authors Bureau provides authors for community visits. The bureau is a program of Humanities Tennessee, with support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. There is no cost to programs for this service. A list of participating authors is below. If you are interested in booking an author for your community program, please contact Serenity Gerbman at: serenity@humanitiestennessee.org or at 615-770-0006, ext. 12. 

 

September 7, 2012

Humanities Tennessee is proud to support two new projects designed to bring the humanities to rural and underserved audiences. On October 26th and 27, authors  read and discussed their work during a book festival at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. This winter, the Global Education Center will host Egyptian Coptic poet Matthew Shenoda for public readings and a writing workshop at the Casa Azafran Community Center.

Humanities Tennessee is proud to support two new projects designed to bring the humanities to rural and underserved audiences. On October 26th and 27, authors read and discussed their work during a book festival at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. This winter, the Global Education Center will host Egyptian Coptic poet Matthew Shenoda for public readings and a writing workshop at the Casa Azafran Community Center.

September 7, 2012

"Who was your favorite teacher growing up?" I love asking this question because no one ever responds with "Hmmm...I don't know." Everyone has at least one teacher who made a difference in their lives, whether imparting a love of literature, the Scientific Method, or simply by being a mentor and setting an example worth following. Often unsung and ever underpaid, such teachers are vital to our lives and the life of our communities. By nominating a teacher for the 2013 Awards of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities, you can give a little back to those who have given so much to us.

August 30, 2012

This conversation will focus on how people have remembered the Civil War, and whether their identity has shaped those memories, and, thus, the meaning of the Civil War to different individuals. The two major pieces under discussion are Robert Penn Warren’s The Legacy of the Civil War and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?”

Introduction

The goal of this program is to use brief text excerpts to aid in facilitating conversations and civil discourse on topics that once led to – and in some instances continue to lead to – sharp schisms in society. By exploring previous moments of division, the conversations both highlight our history confronting such divisions and provide a framework for creating a civil discourse around currently divisive issues.

August 30, 2012

This conversation will focus on the Emancipation Proclamation and equality. The two major pieces under discussion are Abraham Lincoln's 1863 proclamation and a "letter" written by James Baldwin nearly one hundred years later. Other documents within provide context for both Lincoln's decree and Baldwin's analysis.

Introduction

The goal of this program is to utilize primary historical documents and other writings to aid in facilitating conversations and civil discourse on topics that once led to – and in some instances continue to lead to – sharp schisms in society. By exploring previous moments of division, the conversations both highlight our history confronting such divisions and provide a framework for creating a civil discourse around currently divisive issues.

August 17, 2012

This conversation focuses on questions of slavery and citizenship during the first century of American statehood. It is centered on the Supreme Court case of Dred Scot v. Sanford, but reaches back to the Declaration of Independence and forward to the 14th Amendment.

The goal of this topic is to use primary historical documents to facilitate discussion and civil discourse on topics that once led to—and in some cases continue to lead to—sharp schisms in society. By exploring previous moments of division, the conversations both highlight our history and provide a framework for creating a civil discourse around currently divisive issues.

August 17, 2012

This conversation focuses on questions of equality and separation between Reconstruction following the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century. Its primary bookends are the Supreme Court decisions in Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education, the cases that solidified and tore down the Jim Crow doctrine of “separate, but equal” respectively.

The goal of this topic is to use primary historical documents to facilitate discussion and civil discourse on topics that once led to—and in some cases continue to lead to—sharp schisms in society. By exploring previous moments of division, the conversations both highlight our history and provide a framework for creating a civil discourse around currently divisive issues.

August 1, 2012

Barbara Kingsolver is known to both literary fiction enthusiasts and foodies. The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle author will come to the library on November 27 to discuss Flight Behavior. This newest novel tackles the contentious issue of climate change through characters of Kingsolver's native Appalachia.

Barbara Kingsolver is known to both literary fiction enthusiasts and foodies. The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle author will come to the library on November 27 to discuss Flight Behavior. This newest novel tackles the contentious issue of climate change through characters of Kingsolver's native Appalachia.

August 1, 2012

Ann Patchett says that Emma Donoghue "writes books that are unlike anything I've ever seen before." Donoghue, author of last year's bestselling Room, will join us on November 13 to discuss, Astray, her new book about crossing borders physical and otherwise.

Ann Patchett says that Emma Donoghue "writes books that are unlike anything I've ever seen before." Donoghue, author of last year's bestselling Room, will join us on November 13 to discuss, Astray, her new book about crossing borders physical and otherwise.

August 1, 2012

On December 13, Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Jon Meacham will join us to discuss his newest work, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. This newest biography of our third president shows that Jefferson's genius lay in that he was both philosopher and politician.

On December 13, Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Jon Meacham will join us to discuss his newest work, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. This newest biography of our third president shows that Jefferson's genius lay in that he was both philosopher and politician.

August 1, 2012

This scholar-led reading and discussion program continues in Chattanooga on November 13, at the Chattanooga Public Library. Facilitator, Linda Moss Mines, Department of History, Girls' Preparatory School and Hamilton County Historian, will lead the discussion.

This scholar-led reading and discussion program continues in Chattanooga on November 13, at the Chattanooga Public Library. Facilitator, Linda Moss Mines, Department of History, Girls' Preparatory School and Hamilton County Historian, will lead the discussion.

July 27, 2012

This fall, Humanities Tennessee, in partnership with the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and Parnassus Books, is excited to present an outstanding lineup of authors for the Salon@615 series at the Main Library in Downtown Nashville.  The following have been confirmed: Molly Ringwald, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, Michael Chabon, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Dennis Lehane, Mem Fox, Emma Donoghue, Barbara Kingsolver, Jon Meacham.

This fall, Humanities Tennessee, in partnership with the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and Parnassus Books, is excited to present an outstanding lineup of authors for the Salon@615 series at the Main Library in Downtown Nashville.

July 25, 2012

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Writtten WordSM marks its 24th anniversary October 12-14th in Nashville. We’re celebrating the Festival season with announcements, contests, and giveaways via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Writtten WordSM marks its 24th anniversary October 12-14th in Nashville. We’re celebrating the Festival season with announcements, contests, and giveaways via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

July 25, 2012

Each year, Humanities Tennessee provides funding support to Knoxville Public Library for the Children's Festival of Reading and to the Tennessee Historical Society in support of Tennessee History Day, the state competition for National History Day. Each of these programs promotes education in the humanities for the youth of Tennessee.

Each year, Humanities Tennessee provides funding support to Knoxville Public Library for the Children's Festival of Reading and to the Tennessee Historical Society in support of Tennessee History Day, the state competition for National History Day. Each of these programs promotes education in the humanities for the youth of Tennessee.

 

July 25, 2012

Thank you for your support of Tennessee's Young Writers

We are extremely grateful to the Tennessee Arts Commission, The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at APSU, and the many individual donors who supported the Workshop with their gifts and helped us reach our fundraising goals. Thank you!

Thank you from the TN Young Writers' Workshop

We are extremely grateful to the Tennessee Arts Commission, The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at APSU, and the many individual donors who supported the Workshop with their gifts and helped us reach our fundraising goals. Thank you!

July 20, 2012

We have posted this year's lineup of confirmed authors. Read it early and often -- we'll update the list regularly over the next few weeks.

We have posted this year's lineup of confirmed authors. Read it early and often -- we'll update the list regularly over the next few weeks. Check out the lineup now at http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books/authors

July 18, 2012

A compelling chronicle of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike, this program focuses on the details that took the strike from a struggle for labor rights to a battle for human rights, and the impact of the strike in the context of the larger Civil Rights movement.

(1994, 60 minutes) A compelling chronicle of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike, this program focuses on the details that took the strike from a struggle for labor rights to a battle for human rights, and the impact of the strike in the context of the larger Civil Rights movement. Best Documentary, 1994 Sinking Creek Film Celebration; 1994 Erik Barnouw Award, Organization of American Historians; 1994 NAACP Image Award nominee.