Poetry Sought to Honor Marshall “Major” Taylor
Poetry Sought to Honor Marshall “Major” Taylor

Indiana Humanities, in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, seeks to commission an Indiana-based poet to write an original poem inspired by the life, career, and legacy of Marshall “Major” Taylor. The poem will accompany a new mural of the famous cyclist that will be installed during the summer of 2021 as …

February 25, 2021
The Farm Crisis of the 1980s
The Farm Crisis of the 1980s

On December 10, 1985, farmer Dale Burr of Lone Tree, Iowa, walked into the Hills Bank and Trust and killed his banker. Before leaving for town, he had shot and killed his wife. When he returned home, he shot and killed a neighbor, then killed himself. His wasn’t the only …

November 23, 2020
“They Make Me Restless”: Masculinity and Belonging in the Midwest
“They Make Me Restless”: Masculinity and Belonging in the Midwest

        In Jean Thompson’s The Year We Left Home, near the start of a western road trip that college-age Ryan Erickson has planned with his girlfriend, Janine, they stop in Grenada, Iowa, to stay atthe Erickson family home for the night. Ryan is anxious about coming home: …

November 9, 2020
Talking Across Political Divides: Resources to Help You Think, Read and Talk Even When It’s Really Hard
Talking Across Political Divides: Resources to Help You Think, Read and Talk Even When It’s Really Hard

    Many people and organizations have reached out, asking for advice and tools for having productive conversations about politics. In fact, some of that advice will be featured in an upcoming free virtual program hosted by Indiana Public Broadcasting and Side Effects, with an assist from Indiana Humanities, on November 18: RSVP here. If you can’t wait until …

November 2, 2020
Indiana Writers Center Honored As 2020 Literary Champion
Indiana Writers Center Honored As 2020 Literary Champion

The Indiana Writers Center has been declared Indiana’s 2020 Literary Champion by the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards.  For more than three decades, the Indiana Writers Center has instructed, coached and encouraged Indiana writers ranging from novices embarking on their first literary adventures to accomplished authors with long lists of publications. Founded in 1979 …

September 2, 2020
8 winners of the Indiana Authors Awards announced
8 winners of the Indiana Authors Awards announced

Eight works with Indiana connections are winners of the 2020 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. Today’s announcement unveils the updated awards’ inaugural class of honorees, which includes a New York Times bestseller and a Lambda Literary Award finalist as well as authors who have won or been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, National Book and National Book Critics Circle awards.  Chosen from among 35 shortlisted works in eight categories, …

September 1, 2020
5 Things We Learned from Rural Resiliency and the New Narrative
5 Things We Learned from Rural Resiliency and the New Narrative

On Aug. 5, Independent Colleges of Indiana, Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, joined more than 180 people from across the state for an interactive presentation and breakout discussions during a workshop called “Rural Resiliency and the New Narrative.” The keynote speaker was Ben Winchester, a rural sociologist. Here are Five Things We Learned:    …

August 31, 2020
What I’m Reading
What I’m Reading

As with most, for me the past few months have been a time of transition and adjustment to new norms in the way we work, live and communicate. Though challenging, once settled I found myself with not only more time to read but also to reflect before moving on to …

August 31, 2020