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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Dialogue, reflection, and creative exchange are truly necessary for transformation, engagement, and personal and social change. CCR’s partnership with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance has demonstrated the value in this important work, creating opportunities for public discussion and community building.

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--Rachael Hudak

Program Director, Neighborhood Writing Alliance

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Civic reflection discussions help us develop a richer, more adequate vocabulary for communicating with one another... name the tensions without feeling judged... come to the table as equals... practice unselfish listening... and articulate meaningful questions that emerge from what we do.

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--Kathy Smith

New Hampshire Humanities Council

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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