We Nurture Tennessee’s Communities

Humanities Tennessee conducts and supports public humanities programming across the state. We focus on local history, literary arts, and civic life, and our work sparks conversations and builds stronger communities across Tennessee. Click any of the buttons to the right to explore our programs and events and learn how you can get involved.

Events

OUTLAWS & ARMADILLOS: COUNTRY’S ROARING ’70s Exhibition

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s, explores this era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas, revealing untold stories and never-seen artifacts. The exhibition, which opened May 25, 2018, for a nearly three-year run, will explore the complicated, surprising relationship between the Learn More…

The Road to Suffrage: Memphis

Tennessee figured prominently in the quest for woman suffrage when a young man’s vote in the Tennessee Legislature, August 1920, changed the course of political history for Tennessee and the nation. Young Harry Burn of Athens cast the tie-breaking vote that made Tennessee the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment, thus giving women Learn More…

POETRY OF RESILIENCE Film Discussion

This award-winning documentary film by Katja Esson explores survival and strength highlighted by poets who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Iranian Revolution. Film screening will be followed by a community dialogue with a panel representing the cultures featured in the film. This Learn More…

Tennessee History Highlights / Hands-On History Classroom & Museum Educator Workshops

The East Tennessee Historical Society has partnered with Humanities Tennessee since 1989 to provide quality professional development for teachers across the region and state. About the workshops: These 7-hour workshops will focus on primary-source-rich, hands-on strategies for addressing key Tennessee history stories found in the current and new social studies standards. Teachers, academic coaches, and museum Learn More…

Tennessee History Day

Tennessee History Day is an annual competition for students in grades 6-12 that engages educators and students to improve the teaching and learning of history in public, private, and home schools. Humanities Tennessee is pleased to support this program with an annual grant. We also hand out a special award each year for projects on Learn More…

Chapter 16

A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers and Passersby

Chapter16.org is a daily online publication that provides comprehensive coverage of Tennessee authors, literary news, and public readings; it also serves as the state’s virtual Center for the Book.

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