From the New York Council for the Humanities: Applications are now open for the Council’s Reading & Discussion Programs for Adults, a program focused on bringing together community members for a series of thematically-linked, text-based conversations about important ideas. The programs are open to any tax-exempt organization in New York State. Organizations can pick from one of the following eight themes:
- Our World Remade: World War I: Delve into the tragic and transformative events of “war to end all wars” through literature, poetry, and historical documents.
- Serving: Standing Down: A special program for veterans, providing space for them to reflect on their service as well as the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life.
- Growing & Aging: How does our perception of ourselves transform as we grow older? In what ways does aging change how we view others? How has the concept of “age” changed over time?
- Lincoln on the Civil War: this series uses Selected Speeches, a volume of nine addresses delivered over the course of Lincoln’s political career, to explore issues of freedom, civic duty, slavery, and the Constitution.
- Making Sense of the Civil War: This series of five conversations explores different facets of the Civil War experience, informed by reading the words written or spoken by powerful voices from the past and present.
- Muslim Journeys: Explore the diverse experiences and perspectives of Muslims around the world through literature and memoir.
- Working: What is the relationship between our work and our individual identities? What happens to a community when the nature of work in that community changes?
- Serving: Why and how do we choose to serve others? What is the relationship between those who serve and those who are served? If we serve, what sustains and renews us?
For more information about any of the above programs or details on how to apply, visit the New York Council for the Humanities website.