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“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

– Socrates
Many of you who are long time supporters of the Wisconsin Humanities Council may notice
that we have a brand new logo. This interlocking set of three dialogue balloons represents the
meeting of multiple points of view and the lively conversations that occur within the structure
of a WHC program. We think our new tag line — community through conversation — distills our
mission nicely, and we hope it inspires you to look into WHC-backed initiatives in your part of

the state. Better yet, perhaps you will be inspired to write your own grant proposal and design a
provocative, lively public humanities program for your own community.

Your support of the WHC demonstrates that you believe that the humanities help shape the
Letter from the WHC 3 WHC Speakers Bureau 6 2006 Grants 18 civic infrastructure of our nation. Indeed, while it is our physical infrastructure—roads, bridges,
What Are the Humanities? 4 Wisconsin Book Festival 8 Support the Humanities 20 borders, and public utilities—that make us a nation, it is our civic infrastructure—our stories,
songs, beliefs, and values—that make us a civilization worth celebrating and preserving.
What We Do 5 Motheread/Fatheread 10
Power of Partnerships 21
A More Perfect Union 12 Major Donors 22
We thank you for your continued support,
Between Fences 14 WHC Board and Staff 23
WHC Grant Program 16 Contact Information 24

Dean Bakopoulos Karla Mullen 3

Executive Director WHC Chair, Watertown, WI
• P H I LO S O P H Y A N D E T H I C S • F O R EI G N L A N G U A G E S Established in 1972 as an independent affiliate of the National Endowment of the
Humanities, the Wisconsin Humanities Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
that supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of
AND CULTURES • THE HIS TORY, THEORY, AND C R I T I C I S M human cultures, ideas, and values. We do this with the conviction that our communities
are strengthened with civil and informed conversations.

OF THE AR T S • COMPAR ATIVE RELIGION • LINGUIS TIC S Each year, the WHC receives federal funding from the NEH, which we use to leverage
state, individual, corporate, and foundation support at the local level. We also extend our
federal dollars by forming partnerships with both state and local organizations. The WHC,
for example, works closely with the Cultural Coalition of Wisconsin and the University
• F O L K LO R E • P H I LO S O P H Y O F L AW • A R C H EO LO G Y of Wisconsin–Extension. In doing so, we help to build a stronger network among
cultural institutions.

Our library had the pleasure of having WHC SPEAKERS BUREAU
Christopher Goetz come and give us his
Since 1991, the WHC Speakers Bureau has offered educational and entertaining humanities
Talk with the Past. Not only was he presentations and in-character historical “Chautauqua” performances in nearly every county
well-prepared and personable, but he in Wisconsin, bringing discussions about poetry, world religions, archaeology, folklore,
history, and much more to every corner of the state.
captivated our audience for over one
The size of our Speakers Bureau audiences continues to increase. For the 2004 – 2005 cata-
hour. The passion he has for his histor-
logue years, almost 12,000 people attended one of the 267 Speakers Bureau presentations
ical character and history were clearly around Wisconsin. Encouragingly, one-third of these events were hosted by organizations in
Wisconsin that had never before applied to host a Speakers Bureau event. These new requests
evident. Audience members said, ‘Bring came from professional groups, libraries, social clubs, middle schools, social advocacy groups,
conservation groups, religious centers, museums, and churches — and attest to the growing
him back; he was GREAT!’
(and glowing!) reputation of the WHC Speakers Bureau.
– Jennifer Einwalter,
slinger community library, 7
on christopher goetz’s chautauqua
presentation on civil war life, Talk with the Past
The Festival served again as one of This was my first time at the event

Madison’s most fantastic events, a five-day

and it was amazing for me as a young
person. Events like these are crucial WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL
for the expression and education of
gathering that would make big-city dwellers
young people through literature Through a unique partnership between the public, private, and academic sectors, the
8 Wisconsin Book Festival celebrates our state’s rich literary heritage, brings some of America’s
drop their reading glasses in awe. I heard and the arts.
finest writers to the people of Wisconsin, and encourages Wisconsinites of all ages to read
– Survey Respondent
widely and to read well. The Wisconsin Book Festival is the state’s largest literary festival
18 authors, seven poets, and a British
— with annual attendance reaching 15,000 attendees — and one of the largest free literary
woman who translated a novel from I’ve been to many book festivals events in the nation.
over the years and simply put, yours
Spanish to English. Bolstered by Wisconsin was by far the most excellent and Each year the Festival hosts over 100 events, including author readings, panel discussions,
writing workshops, exhibitions, and youth poetry slams.
most exciting.
authors and others with significant ties to
– Carol Houck Smith, Senior Editor In recent years, Festival presenters have included Wisconsin favorites Jane Hamilton,
ww norton, new york
the Dairyland state, the Festival [delivered] Lorrie Moore, Jacquelyn Mitchard, David Maraniss, Michael Perry, Denise Sweet, Mark
Turcotte, and Kevin Henkes. We have also welcomed nationally-acclaimed literary stars like
many memorable moments. Michael Chabon, Isabel Allende, Edwidge Danticat, and Grace Paley; U.S. Poet Laureates
Billy Collins and Ted Kooser; nationally-acclaimed poets like Martín Espada, Sam Hamill, and
– Tom Alesia, Luis Rodriguez; National Public Radio reporters Anne Garrels and Noah Adams; historians
Wisconsin State Journal Howard Zinn and Joseph Ellis; and graphic novelists Chris Ware and Marjane Satrapi. 9
Motheread/Fatheread ® has truly touched the hearts
of many families in the La Crosse School District, both ®

10 through the power of the group and the power of the MOTHEREAD FATHEREAD
stories themselves. Parents leave feeling empowered Family Literacy Program
and motivated to read with their children, and have
Motheread/Fatheread® is a family literacy program that does something amazing: it helps
a true understanding of how reading together not only
parents who are poor readers become confident and excited about reading aloud to their
children. And because it has been shown that the most important predictor of a child’s
benefits their child academically, but also brings them success in school is whether he or she is read to at home, parents who participate in
Motheread/Fatheread® are breaking the generational cycle of school failure.
closer as a family.
– Sandy Brauer, As the exclusive Wisconsin provider of the Motheread/Fatheread® Family Literacy program,
the WHC trains teachers, literacy instructors, librarians, and other literacy professionals in
Director of Curriculum & Staff Development,
this nationally acclaimed instructional approach and curriculum. Motheread/Fatheread®
la crosse school district
introduces parents with limited literacy to high quality children’s literature and encourages
families to read together. The curriculum appeals to a very powerful motivation in parents:
the desire to help their children learn. 11
A More Perfect Union offers A MORE PERFECT UNION
themed book discussions to Book Discussion Series
12 our library’s book club. We
Since its inception in 2004, hundreds of Wisconsin residents each year have joined our free
The books dealt with difficult subjects,
book discussion series. A More Perfect Union prompts readers to examine various aspects of
often talk about the future sometimes horrible events. But we
the U.S. Constitution—both its ideals and its realities. We lend fifteen copies of the books
need to face these things. Good change and accompanying discussion guides to any group in Wisconsin that meets in a public space
of the United States in our
is possible. We need to be hopeful and publicly advertises its meetings. We will even pay for a scholar to join the group to
discussions. Going back to and active. enrich the conversation about one or more of the books.

– 2005 AMPU participant in Janesville

our roots as a nation with Taking its inspiration from the Constitution’s Preamble, the WHC structures each year’s
theme around its phrases. In 2005 the theme was “The Common Defense.” In 2006 it was
this series is a unique “To Establish Justice.” The theme in 2007 is “To Ensure Domestic Tranquility.”
I read all the books, understood a little, and learned much
experience for the club. more from the discussions. It was well worth my time. The WHC has also proudly hosted A More Perfect Union authors (including Marge Piercy,
– 2005 AMPU participant from Presque Isle Tim O’Brien, Anthony Grooms, and Jonathan Harr) at the Wisconsin Book Festival.
– Cecilia Wiltzius, Library Director,
karl jungunger memorial library
I was really impressed by the applications A Smithsonian “Museums on Main Street” Exhibition
we received,” said Jessica Becker, Senior
We live between fences—personal, national, geo-political, conceptual. And as we dismantle
boundaries we no longer need, we also erect new barriers. From picket fences to chain links
Program officer at the WHC and coordinator
to barbed wire and beyond, fences imply security, decoration, ownership, and industry.
for the Between Fences tour. “Clearly these They dictate our behavior and cement property lines. But who defines that property? How
have rivals negotiated boundaries in the past? And how do we reinforce our borders today?
issues are extremely relevant in Wisconsin
Beginning in the fall of 2007, Between Fences, a traveling Museums on Main Street exhibition
today and the exhibition tour is a wonderful “Support from the WHC allows the
from the Smithsonian Institute, will spend six weeks each in Waupaca, Hales Corners, LaFarge,
Sauk Prairie, Clear Lake, and Cable. The exhibition will be hosted by small museums,
River Arts Center to bring a Smithson-
opportunity for communities throughout community centers, libraries, and historic sites that were selected through a competitive
ian exhibition to our small town. application process. Each community will celebrate the Smithsonian coming to town with
the state to explore their history, celebrate We appreciate this unique opportunity related events and programs.
to explore our community’s history
their unique stories, and break down fences and enhance our cultural programs.” Designed for communities of 10,000 residents or less, Between Fences reveals how central
the fence is to the American landscape. The exhibition’s assemblage of tools, images, literature
– B. Tracy Madison,
that are no longer needed.” Sauk Prairie Between — and, of course, fences—prompt us to reflect on the role of the fence in our lives and see a
Fences Coordinator common icon in new ways. 15
“There would be no DC Everest Oral
History program without the financial
in 2006 the
support of WHC… This support has
16 allowed students at DCE to link integrally WHC awarded one or more WHC GRANT PROGRAM
with veterans, elderly folks, and business
and political leaders of our community. GR ANTS in counties The WHC’s grant program provides support for public humanities programs that encourage
WHC has created an opportunity for audiences to converse, connect, and reflect upon our world through the lens of the humani-

our students to learn history through the

and hosted one or more ties. From museum exhibitions to library book discussion programs, from media projects
to programs that enhance humanities education for children, WHC grants enrich the civic
people of our community. The ability to
council - conducted and cultural life of the state. WHC-funded programs are designed for a public audience and
actually publish and share the end results involve at least one scholar from a humanities discipline.

has given our community a lasting PROGR AMS in

record of its history.”
–Paul Aleckson,
Social Studies Coordinator,
46 counties
d.c. everest area schools across wisconsin.
New Berlin Public Library Kickapoo Valley Friends (Quaker) Meeting Friends of the Dwight Foster Telemark Educational Foundation, Inc. Fox Cities Children’s Museum UW-Marathon County
$350 for A More Perfect Union: The Common Defense $10,000 for Vanished: German-American Civilian Public Library $1,951 for Northwest Wisconsin Children’s $10,000 for En Mi Familia: Celebrating $10,000 for Shared Reading/Shared Thoughts:
Internment, 1941–48 $800 for Jefferson County Reads, 2006 Book Conference Family Traditions A Campus/Community Dialogue about Affluenza
Friends of the Dwight Foster
Public Library Eau Claire County Milwaukee County Historical Society Labor Education & Training Center Literary Arts Committee, UW-Parkside Benevolent Foundation
$600 for A More Perfect Union: The Common Defense Sesquicentennial Commission $2,000 for Miss Annie Mae’s Hats Public Programs $2,000 for Madison Sesquicentennial Labor Mural Eau Claire Regional Arts Center $10,000 for The Racine Odyssey Project,
$8,500 for Eau Claire County: $8,795 for Chippewa Valley Book Festival a Clemente Course in the Humanities
Urban League of Greater Madison Changing Roles In Changing Times, 1856-2006 Justiceworks, Ltd. Rusk County Community Library
$1,650 for City of Madison-Dane County $1,440 for Jail in the Justice System: A Symposium on $600 for A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice Jane Morgan Memorial Library UW-Oshkosh
Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Incarceration in Our Community and Alternatives $600 for A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice $9,807 for “Black Thursday” Remembered:
$4,000 for International Conference on Rivers Superior Public Library An Oral History of the 1968 African American Student
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation and Civilization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Ashland/Bayfield County League $800 for A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice Viterbo University
of Women Voters Protests at Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh
$2,000 for Disentangling the Iraq War: History, $2,000 for The Viterbo Women’s Studies Symposium,
on Major River Basins
$2,000 for Toward A More Perfect Union: League of Portage County Public Library “Women Speak: Listening to Women’s Voices Within
Politics, the Media, and the Veteran Experience Wisconsin Academy of Sciences,
Women Voters as a Champion of Good Government $400 for A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice & Beyond the Academic Disciplines” Arts and Letters
The Sterling North Society
Center for the Study of and Participatory Democracy in Two Rural Wisconsin $2,910 for Wisconsin’s People on the Land
$4,425 for Edgerton Book Festival
Upper Midwestern Cultures Counties, 1956-2006 The Center for the Humanities Mississippi Valley Archaeology
$2,000 for Wisconsin Englishes The Board of Regents of the (The Board of Regents of UW-System) Center at UW-La Crosse Heritage Hill Foundation
University of Wisconsin System Forgotten Wisdom, Inc. $9,900 for Don Quixote in Wisconsin $2,000 for Archaeology Day at Silver Mound $10,000 for Chief Oshkosh on Trial
Kennedy Heights Community Center $5,000 for Production and Promotion of Literature $1,100 for Frank Belanger Settlement Project
$2,000 for Many Cultures, One Community Exhibit of the Indian Nations of Wisconsin D.C. Everest Junior & Senior High Schools Neillsville Public Library
River Falls Community Arts Base $9,875 for The 1920’s $400 for A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice
$1,955 for The River in Literature and History:
A Children’s Poetry Writing Project
Here are examples of what your $50: Travel expenses for one in-state humanities scholar to visit with Perhaps your organization The Boldt Company, a Wisconsin construction services f irm based For more
a book discussion group.
donation can contribute: should consider a in Appleton, sponsors our newest partnership pool: “The Future information,
20 $100: Ten books for the ongoing A More Perfect Union statewide book WHC partnership pool. of Farming & Rural Life in Wisconsin.” This initiative encourages contact
discussion series. organizations in smaller cities and towns to generate creative Dean Bakopoulos,
public humanities programs that examine the changing nature of Executive Director,
$500: All expenses for one WHC Speakers Bureau event in one of
hundreds of towns around Wisconsin. agriculture and community life in rural Wisconsin. Thanks to the at 608-265-5594.
Boldt Company, the WHC will award grants in 2006 and 2007 to
$1,000: Three scholarships for literacy instructors to be trained in the
organizations based in communities with populations of 5,000
nationally acclaimed Motheread/Fatheread® Family Literacy
Please make a tax-deductible contribution to The Wisconsin Humanities Council works residents or less, whose programs explore the rich and diverse
curriculum. (In turn, each of these instructors reaches upwards of
the Wisconsin Humanities Council today.  100 Wisconsin families per year.) with a number of businesses and organiza- histories, stories, and values of Wisconsin’s evolving rural and
Your donation helps us make the humanities tions to expand our services across the state.
$2,000: One mini-grant to support a cultural event or exhibition at one agricultural heritage.
part of everyday life for everyone in Wisconsin.  of Wisconsin’s hundreds of vibrant cultural centers. Most notably, the WHC arranges “partner-
ship pools” that match private donations Another of our partnership pools pairs resources from the WHC
We truly appreciate your support. $5,000: Events with nationally renowned authors at the Wisconsin
with federal funding, thus expanding the
Book Festival and the Jeffris Family Foundation to create a special fund to sup-
capacity of our grant program and channel- port “Historic Preservation Program Grants.” These funds are set
$10,000: A grant partnership pool to the district or interest area of ing resources into specific areas of interest. aside specif ically for projects that enhance our appreciation of
your choice.
historic preservation, and increase public awareness of the impor-
tance of particular historic buildings or decorative art works 21
in Wisconsin.
donors to the Major Donors Federation of State
Humanities Councils
David Brostrom Stephen J. Books Steve Klaven and Merija Eisen Joseph Rodriguez
WHC Board Karla Mullen, Chair
*Mary Knapp
Madison Public Library
WHC Staff Dean Bakopoulos
Executive Director
& Sponsors Elaine Burke Bonnie G. Buchanan Constance Klotz Jane Roeber
WHC in the ($10,000 or more)
Friends of the
UW-Madison Libraries Henry Drewal Roger Buffett Mary Knapp Janet Ross Members Raúl Galván, Vice-Chair *Connie Loden Dena Wortzel
2005 and 2006 Argosy Foundation Harry W. Schwartz Joyce and William Erickson Deborah Buffton Heidi Stibbe Knight Mike Russell * Governor’s Appointee Milwaukee Public Television Heart of Wisconsin
Business and
Associate Director,
Director of Program
The Boldt Company Bookshops Peg and Dan Geisler Glenna Carter Mary Knight Martin and Melissa Scanlan Steven M. Taylor, Treasurer
fiscal years Borders Group, Inc. Herbert H. Kohl Charities, Inc. Terry Haller Martha and Charles Casey Robert J. and Renie Shapiro Marquette University
Economic Alliance
Jessica Becker
Barbara B. Knowlton wisconsin rapids
include: Cyberius’ Network Madison Arts Commission Max and Ann Harris Alison Jones Chaim
Don Kynaston
P.M. and Carrie Sherrill milwaukee
Stephen R. Myck
Senior Program Officer
Dane County Cultural Madison Area Jacqueline and Jack and Beverly Christ Carol and Dean Schroeder David Brostrom
Reading Council The Douglas Stewart Alison Jones Chaim
Affairs Commission James Klimaszewski Ann Lacy Waukesha Public Library
Carol Cohen Judith L. Strasser Company Director,
Distillery Design Studio Madison Community Nancy and Arthur Laskin Marvin G. Lansing
Foundation Anne M. and Timothy J. Connor Steven M. Taylor Henry John Drewal madison Wisconsin Book Festival
The Evjue Foundation Kathleen McElroy and Ed Linenthal
(the charitable arm The Madison Concourse David Newby Donald Cress Libby Temkin UW-Madison Michael Kean
Connie Loden Wayne Patterson
of The Capital Times) Hotel and Governor’s Club James P. Danky Carol Tennessen Director of Administration
Karla and Bill Mullen Janet Dykema St. Norbert College
IMS Madison Public Library Eddie R. and Astride H. Lowry & Finance
Stephen Myck James DeLine Mr. and Mrs. Wisconsin Historical Society de pere
Isthmus Mosse/Weinstein Center Anne Lucke L. William Teweles eau claire
Ellen Nelson M. DeMatties Joyce E. Salisbury Shawn Shey
for Jewish Studies Nancy O. Lurie Sara Toenes
Jeffris Family Foundation Jerome K. Dombraski *Joyce Erickson UW-Green Bay, Emerita Administrative Specialist
Shepherd Express Shawn Schey
National Endowment Lesleigh Luttrell Sandi Torkildson
Carol Smart Janet Dykema kenosha Masarah Van Eyck
for the Arts Starbucks Esther Mackintosh Michael and *Kou Vang
Lynde B. Uihlen Joseph and Joann Elder Carol Troyer-Shank Reginald Finlayson Cardinal Stritch University Director of Development
Pleasant T. Rowland The SWC Group Helen H. Madsen
Karen Faster Milwaukee Area milwaukee & Communications
Foundation Target Daniel and Selma Van Eyck Harry Van Camp
Richard Magyar Technical College
Verizon Foundation Gerald Viste Reggie Finlayson Masarah Van Eyck *Bobbi Webster
University of Kathy Engen Malkasian
VQR: The Virginia Wisconsin Press Arthur and Clarice Wortzel Julie Frankl Linda VandenBerg Jean M. Fleet Oneida Nation
Quarterly Review Denise Marino and
UW-Extension Gail Geiger Herbert Paaren Peg and Ron Wallace Riverside University
Kris Adams Wendt
Wisconsin State UW-Madison Libraries Harlan and Elaine Grinde High School
Department of Tourism Friends of the WHC Tilney Marsh G. Lane and Linda Ware
Rhinelander District Library
Wal-Mart Seymour and Joan and George Hall Susan McLeod Norma and Ralph Wehlitz Susanne Wofford
Other Corporate Webcrafters, Inc. Shirley Abrahamson Jane Hamblen Charlotte Meyer George Wells and
John Hanson
& Organizational Dwight Allen John Hanson Sally Hammond Northern Pictures, Inc.
Wisconsin Academy of Judith Claire Mitchell bayfield Margarita Zamora
Support Sciences, Arts and Letters Lynn Archer Wayne and Janet Hanson Judy Moore
Kris Adams Wendt
Alliant Energy Foundation Wisconsin Public Radio Richard and Elizabeth Askey Bev Harrington Amanda Werhane Jacqueline Klimaszewski
Steven Nadler
All Writers Workplace George and Patricia Bakopoulos Robin Whyte Appleton Area School District
Standish and Jane Henning Kathleen Orosz
& Workshop Director’s Circle Robert and Janice Baldwin Rebecca Holmes Ralph and Jo Wickstrom
American Family ($300 or more) Joseph L. and Mary D. Ousley
Insurance Group Jessica Becker C.J. Hribel David K. and
Lloyd W. and Margaret T. Page
Cooperative Children’s
Book Center
Dean Bakopoulos and
Amanda Okopski Maurice and Sybil Better Margaret Banta Humleker Kay Plantes
Karen M. Williams
Dena Wortzel
Oscar C. and Patricia H. Boldt Bennett Berson Barbara and Hannah Pinkerton Margarita Zamora
The Country Today Allan G. and Margaret R. Bogue Thomas Hulseberg
Tom and Renee Boldt Agnes Posbrig
Douglas Stewart Company Jane Bowers Beverly Jambois
Paul and Ann Boyer Charlie P. Ries
contact information: For more on how the humanities help us
222 South Bedford Street, Suite F
Madison, Wisconsin 53703-3688 “examine our lives,” please see the special
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E-Mail: WHC section, “The Humanities in Our Lives,” in each issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas.

This publication was produced with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations
expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of the NEH.
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