State Humanities Councils

​The model of civic reflection is based on the belief that the humanities can spark and deepen civic conversation – a model that resonates with state humanities councils. The Center for Civic Reflection has worked with state humanities councils across the country to explore and refine the practice of civic reflection, train facilitators and guide programming around this practice, and, ultimately, continue exploring how to put the humanities into practice.

CCR works with state humanities councils across the country.
CCR works with state humanities councils across the country.

Benefits:

  • Increased capacity to connect the humanities to civil dialogue and civic life -- and encourage others to do the same

  • Intensive training of scholar-facilitators to lead humanities-based discussions with partners and communities, and to develop programming around reflective discussion

  • Deepened connections and growing partnerships with groups of interest -- from AmeriCorps programs to state legislators to K-12 teachers to law enforcement.

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with state humanities councils.

What People Are Saying

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From the beginning, we recognized that civic reflection had the potential to have a transformative effect on our staff. In particular, we hoped that our staff would develop the ability to see their libraries and themselves differently, that they would come to regard the library as a meeting place and a crossroads for the community. This program gives us the opportunity to push our programming to a new level.

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--Mark Smith

Riverside County Library System

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Civic reflection at its best is infused with this spirit of critical generosity. It is a process that acknowledges that we need one another to unmask prejudices that inform our beliefs and also to share our inspirations.

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--Lisa Lee

Director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

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Libraries are ideally situated to nurture... democratic practices. Libraries are open to all; they contain books and other materials that can provide people with a common experience and vocabulary... Libraries, which are often seen as products of democracy, can also be seen as engines of democracy, as places where people go to engage with one another and to begin making a difference.

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--Adam Davis

Director, Center for Civic Reflection