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Community History Programs Continue to Make Their Mark

Our Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 exhibit project is in full swing at Casa Azafran in Nashville. More than twenty people joined the public conversation about guest worker programs,"Life on the Fence," in which the bracero period serves as a basis for exploring the 21st century guest worker. The event was facilitated by a panel including Katharine Donato, Edward Wright-Rios, and Lourdes Garza. In partnership with the Nashville Public Library, we spent February collecting the stories of Nashville's foreign-born-folks from Dublin to Havana, Turkey to Bogata and beyond. For more information and a complete tour itinerary visit our project web page.

Our Muslim Journeys: Points of Viewbook discussion series launched in Nashville last fall and will wrap up with a final event in Knoxville on March 10th.  The Knoxville series has seen record attendance at each discussion; an average of fifty audience members gathers to explore the finer points of Muslim-majority cultures, from those in Arabic and Persian nations to the Indian subcontinent.For more information visit our project web page.

Tennessee's Students Write Back

We received 1,534 entries in this year's Letters About Literature contest. Thank you to all of the students who participated this year. We heard from students reacting to Maya Angelou, Melba Patillo Beals, Ray Bradbury, Suzanne Collins, John Green, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Ruta Sepetys, Amy Tan, and many more. 

Congratulations to the following schools with students receiving honorable mentions. 

Read more... 

Presenting Our 2014 Teacher Award Recipients!

We wish to congratulate Brinn Dalton and Jan Loveday Dickens, our 2014 recipients for the Award of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities. Their plans for using the award funding are quite impressive. 

Check them out!

Nashville Reads Kicks Off 2014 Campaign

Humanities Tennessee joins Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation and Parnassus Books to launch the third Nashville Reads campaign. The goal of the yearly initiative is to unite the entire city in reading a great piece of literature at the same time.

This year's Nashville Reads novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, tells the story of a middle-class American family that is ordinary in every way - except one.


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Scholarships Support Our Community Volunteers

Tennessee is home to several hundred small cultural institutions that are operated solely by volunteers-dedicated community members who seek skills for sustaining their organizations and fulfilling their missions. These volunteers enable their organizations to serve a vital role in community life through education, action, and reflection, connecting Tennesseans to their past, present and future.

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to support the efforts of these volunteers by providing opportunities for professional development. This year we're supporting attendance at two events, the Exhibit Makeovers Workshop hosted by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)and the Annual Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) conference.  Click here for more information.

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Salon@615 Welcomes Lorrie Moore and Susan Minot

The Salon@615 series welcomes authors Lorrie Mooreand Susan Minot to Montgomery Bell Academy onSaturday, March 29 at 4:00 pm. Click here for more information.

Read of review of Moore's new collection of stories

Complete details of the program, including video of prior events, and upcoming readings, are available at:

Grant Program Offers New Direction

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce a new funding priority for our 2014General Grant and Small Project Grant Programs. Although all eligible projects are welcome to apply, our Board of Directors has a particular interest in projects that seek to deepen the understanding Tennesseans have of each other and that model civil behavior by bringing people together to share differing perspectives. Click here for more information and a link to sample projects.

Meet Our Newest Board Members! 

Judy Drescher, Memphis

What inspires you? The opportunity to use the skills and experience that have been granted to me to help people pursue their own dreams. 

What do you do professionally? As of 2013, I describe myself as "successfully retired." 


Shawn Pitts, Selmer 

What do you do for fun? I play music with friends or for my own enjoyment, dabble in various hot glass techniques, read, and write.

What inspires you?Informed, involved, energetic young people and Wendell Berry. Passion is infectious.


Karen Lewis, Manchester

What do you do professionally? I am a middle school speech and theatre teacher.

What is your favorite Humanities Tennessee program? Letters about Literature. [I] see this as a great vehicle for encouraging writing and reading.



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Join Our Cause

Founded in 1973, Humanities Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting civility and a sense of community among Tennesseans. Each year, governmental funding for the humanities decreases. We rely on donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations to present programs like the annual Southern Festival of Books, the Tennessee Young Writers' WorkshopCommunity History programs,, and more

We appreciate your support!


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