“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
DEAR FRIENDS OF THE WHC:
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 civic infrastructure of our nation. Indeed, while it is our physical infrastructure—roads, bridges, 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. We thank you for your continued support,
Letter from the WHC 3 What Are the Humanities? 4 What We Do 5 WHC Speakers Bureau 6 Wisconsin Book Festival 8 Motheread/Fatheread 10
2006 Grants 18 Support the Humanities 20 Power of Partnerships 21 Major Donors 22 WHC Board and Staff 23 Contact Information 24
A More Perfect Union 12 Between Fences 14 WHC Grant Program 16
Dean Bakopoulos Executive Director
Karla Mullen WHC Chair, Watertown, WI
H I S TO R Y • C U LT U R A L A N T H R O P O LO G Y • L I T ER AT U R E • 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
WHAT WE DO
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 human cultures, ideas, and values. We do this with the conviction that our communities are strengthened with civil and informed conversations. 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 of Wisconsin–Extension. In doing so, we help to build a stronger network among cultural institutions.
AND CULTURES • THE HIS TORY, THEORY, AND C R I T I C I S M OF THE AR T S • COMPAR ATIVE RELIGION • LINGUIS TIC S
• 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
Our library had the pleasure of having Christopher Goetz come and give us his Talk with the Past. Not only was he well-prepared and personable, but he captivated our audience for over one hour. The passion he has for his historical character and history were clearly evident. Audience members said, ‘Bring him back; he was GREAT!’
– Jennifer Einwalter, slinger community library,
on christopher goetz’s chautauqua presentation on civil war life, Talk with the Past
WHC SPEAKERS BUREAU
Since 1991, the WHC Speakers Bureau has offered educational and entertaining humanities presentations and in-character historical “Chautauqua” performances in nearly every county in Wisconsin, bringing discussions about poetry, world religions, archaeology, folklore, history, and much more to every corner of the state. The size of our Speakers Bureau audiences continues to increase. For the 2004 – 2005 catalogue years, almost 12,000 people attended one of the 267 Speakers Bureau presentations 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 came from professional groups, libraries, social clubs, middle schools, social advocacy groups, conservation groups, religious centers, museums, and churches — and attest to the growing (and glowing!) reputation of the WHC Speakers Bureau.
The Festival served again as one of Madison’s most fantastic events, a five-day gathering that would make big-city dwellers 8 drop their reading glasses in awe. I heard 18 authors, seven poets, and a British woman who translated a novel from Spanish to English. Bolstered by Wisconsin authors and others with significant ties to the Dairyland state, the Festival [delivered] many memorable moments.
– Tom Alesia, Wisconsin State Journal
This was my first time at the event and it was amazing for me as a young person. Events like these are crucial for the expression and education of young people through literature and the arts.
– Survey Respondent
WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL
Through a unique partnership between the public, private, and academic sectors, the Wisconsin Book Festival celebrates our state’s rich literary heritage, brings some of America’s finest writers to the people of Wisconsin, and encourages Wisconsinites of all ages to read widely and to read well. The Wisconsin Book Festival is the state’s largest literary festival — with annual attendance reaching 15,000 attendees — and one of the largest free literary events in the nation. Each year the Festival hosts over 100 events, including author readings, panel discussions, writing workshops, exhibitions, and youth poetry slams. In recent years, Festival presenters have included Wisconsin favorites Jane Hamilton, Lorrie Moore, Jacquelyn Mitchard, David Maraniss, Michael Perry, Denise Sweet, Mark Turcotte, and Kevin Henkes. We have also welcomed nationally-acclaimed literary stars like 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 Luis Rodriguez; National Public Radio reporters Anne Garrels and Noah Adams; historians Howard Zinn and Joseph Ellis; and graphic novelists Chris Ware and Marjane Satrapi.
I’ve been to many book festivals over the years and simply put, yours was by far the most excellent and most exciting.
– Carol Houck Smith, Senior Editor ww norton, new york
Motheread/Fatheread ® has truly touched the hearts of many families in the La Crosse School District, both
through the power of the group and the power of the stories themselves. Parents leave feeling empowered and motivated to read with their children, and have a true understanding of how reading together not only
Family Literacy Program
benefits their child academically, but also brings them closer as a family.
– Sandy Brauer, Director of Curriculum & Staff Development, la crosse school district
Motheread/Fatheread® is a family literacy program that does something amazing: it helps 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 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. As the exclusive Wisconsin provider of the Motheread/Fatheread® Family Literacy program, the WHC trains teachers, literacy instructors, librarians, and other literacy professionals in this nationally acclaimed instructional approach and curriculum. Motheread/Fatheread® 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.
A More Perfect Union offers themed book discussions to 12 our library’s book club. We often talk about the future of the United States in our discussions. Going back to our roots as a nation with this series is a unique experience for the club.
– Cecilia Wiltzius, Library Director, karl jungunger memorial library The books dealt with difficult subjects, sometimes horrible events. But we need to face these things. Good change is possible. We need to be hopeful and active.
– 2005 AMPU participant in Janesville
A MORE PERFECT UNION
Book Discussion Series
Since its inception in 2004, hundreds of Wisconsin residents each year have joined our free book discussion series. A More Perfect Union prompts readers to examine various aspects of the U.S. Constitution—both its ideals and its realities. We lend fifteen copies of the books and accompanying discussion guides to any group in Wisconsin that meets in a public space and publicly advertises its meetings. We will even pay for a scholar to join the group to enrich the conversation about one or more of the books. 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 “To Establish Justice.” The theme in 2007 is “To Ensure Domestic Tranquility.” The WHC has also proudly hosted A More Perfect Union authors (including Marge Piercy, Tim O’Brien, Anthony Grooms, and Jonathan Harr) at the Wisconsin Book Festival.
I read all the books, understood a little, and learned much more from the discussions. It was well worth my time.
– 2005 AMPU participant from Presque Isle
I was really impressed by the applications 14 we received,” said Jessica Becker, Senior Program officer at the WHC and coordinator for the Between Fences tour. “Clearly these issues are extremely relevant in Wisconsin today and the exhibition tour is a wonderful opportunity for communities throughout the state to explore their history, celebrate their unique stories, and break down fences that are no longer needed.”
“Support from the WHC allows the River Arts Center to bring a Smithsonian exhibition to our small town. We appreciate this unique opportunity to explore our community’s history and enhance our cultural programs.”
– B. Tracy Madison, Sauk Prairie Between Fences Coordinator
A Smithsonian “Museums on Main Street” Exhibition
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 to barbed wire and beyond, fences imply security, decoration, ownership, and industry. 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? Beginning in the fall of 2007, Between Fences, a traveling Museums on Main Street exhibition 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, community centers, libraries, and historic sites that were selected through a competitive application process. Each community will celebrate the Smithsonian coming to town with related events and 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 — and, of course, fences—prompt us to reflect on the role of the fence in our lives and see a common icon in new ways.
“There would be no DC Everest Oral History program without the financial support of WHC… This support has
allowed students at DCE to link integrally with veterans, elderly folks, and business and political leaders of our community. WHC has created an opportunity for our students to learn history through the people of our community. The ability to actually publish and share the end results has given our community a lasting record of its history.”
–Paul Aleckson, Social Studies Coordinator, d.c. everest area schools
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WHC GRANT PROGRAM
The WHC’s grant program provides support for public humanities programs that encourage audiences to converse, connect, and reflect upon our world through the lens of the humanities. From museum exhibitions to library book discussion programs, from media projects to programs that enhance humanities education for children, WHC grants enrich the civic and cultural life of the state. WHC-funded programs are designed for a public audience and involve at least one scholar from a humanities discipline.
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SELECTED GRANTS AWARDED IN 2006
New Berlin Public Library
$350 for A More Perfect Union: The Common Defense
Kickapoo Valley Friends (Quaker) Meeting
$10,000 for Vanished: German-American Civilian Internment, 1941–48
Friends of the Dwight Foster Public Library
$800 for Jefferson County Reads, 2006
Telemark Educational Foundation, Inc.
$1,951 for Northwest Wisconsin Children’s Book Conference
Fox Cities Children’s Museum
$10,000 for En Mi Familia: Celebrating Family Traditions
$10,000 for Shared Reading/Shared Thoughts: A Campus/Community Dialogue about Affluenza
Friends of the Dwight Foster Public Library
$600 for A More Perfect Union: The Common Defense
Eau Claire County Sesquicentennial Commission
$8,500 for Eau Claire County: Changing Roles In Changing Times, 1856-2006
Milwaukee County Historical Society
$2,000 for Miss Annie Mae’s Hats Public Programs
Labor Education & Training Center
$2,000 for Madison Sesquicentennial Labor Mural
Literary Arts Committee, Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
$8,795 for Chippewa Valley Book Festival
UW-Parkside Benevolent Foundation
$10,000 for The Racine Odyssey Project, a Clemente Course in the Humanities
Urban League of Greater Madison
$1,650 for City of Madison-Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition
$1,440 for Jail in the Justice System: A Symposium on Incarceration in Our Community and Alternatives
Rusk County Community Library Superior Public Library
$600 for A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice
Jane Morgan Memorial Library
$600 for A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
$4,000 for International Conference on Rivers and Civilization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Major River Basins
$9,807 for “Black Thursday” Remembered: An Oral History of the 1968 African American Student Protests at Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation
$2,000 for Disentangling the Iraq War: History, Politics, the Media, and the Veteran Experience
Ashland/Bayfield County League of Women Voters
$2,000 for Toward A More Perfect Union: League of Women Voters as a Champion of Good Government and Participatory Democracy in Two Rural Wisconsin Counties, 1956-2006
$800 for A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice
$2,000 for The Viterbo Women’s Studies Symposium, “Women Speak: Listening to Women’s Voices Within & Beyond the Academic Disciplines”
Portage County Public Library
$400 for A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice
Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
$2,000 for Wisconsin Englishes
The Sterling North Society
$4,425 for Edgerton Book Festival
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
$2,910 for Wisconsin’s People on the Land
Kennedy Heights Community Center
$2,000 for Many Cultures, One Community Exhibit
The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
$5,000 for Production and Promotion of Literature of the Indian Nations of Wisconsin
The Center for the Humanities (The Board of Regents of UW-System)
$9,900 for Don Quixote in Wisconsin
Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at UW-La Crosse
$2,000 for Archaeology Day at Silver Mound
Forgotten Wisdom, Inc.
$1,100 for Frank Belanger Settlement Project
Heritage Hill Foundation
$10,000 for Chief Oshkosh on Trial
D.C. Everest Junior & Senior High Schools
$9,875 for The 1920’s
Neillsville Public Library
$400 for A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice
River Falls Community Arts Base
$1,955 for The River in Literature and History: A Children’s Poetry Writing Project
HELP SUPPORT THE HUMANITIES
Here are examples of what your donation can contribute:
$50: Travel expenses for one in-state humanities scholar to visit with a book discussion group. $100: Ten books for the ongoing A More Perfect Union statewide book discussion series. $500: All expenses for one WHC Speakers Bureau event in one of hundreds of towns around Wisconsin. $1,000: Three scholarships for literacy instructors to be trained in the nationally acclaimed Motheread/Fatheread® Family Literacy curriculum. (In turn, each of these instructors reaches upwards of 100 Wisconsin families per year.) $2,000: One mini-grant to support a cultural event or exhibition at one of Wisconsin’s hundreds of vibrant cultural centers. $5,000: Events with nationally renowned authors at the Wisconsin Book Festival $10,000: A grant partnership pool to the district or interest area of your choice.
POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS
Perhaps your organization should consider a WHC partnership pool.
The Boldt Company, a Wisconsin construction services f irm based in Appleton, sponsors our newest partnership pool: “The Future of Farming & Rural Life in Wisconsin.” This initiative encourages organizations in smaller cities and towns to generate creative public humanities programs that examine the changing nature of agriculture and community life in rural Wisconsin. Thanks to the Boldt Company, the WHC will award grants in 2006 and 2007 to organizations based in communities with populations of 5,000
For more information, contact Dean Bakopoulos, Executive Director, at 608-265-5594.
Please make a tax-deductible contribution to the Wisconsin Humanities Council today. Your donation helps us make the humanities part of everyday life for everyone in Wisconsin.
We truly appreciate your support.
The Wisconsin Humanities Council works with a number of businesses and organizations to expand our services across the state. Most notably, the WHC arranges “partnership pools” that match private donations with federal funding, thus expanding the capacity of our grant program and channeling resources into specific areas of interest.
residents or less, whose programs explore the rich and diverse histories, stories, and values of Wisconsin’s evolving rural and agricultural heritage. Another of our partnership pools pairs resources from the WHC and the Jeffris Family Foundation to create a special fund to support “Historic Preservation Program Grants.” These funds are set aside specif ically for projects that enhance our appreciation of historic preservation, and increase public awareness of the importance of particular historic buildings or decorative art works in Wisconsin.
donors to the WHC in the 2005 and 2006 fiscal years include:
Major Donors & Sponsors
($10,000 or more) Argosy Foundation The Boldt Company Borders Group, Inc. Cyberius’ Network Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission Distillery Design Studio The Evjue Foundation
(the charitable arm of The Capital Times)
Federation of State Humanities Councils Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops Herbert H. Kohl Charities, Inc. Madison Arts Commission Madison Area Reading Council Madison Community Foundation The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club Madison Public Library Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies Shepherd Express Starbucks The SWC Group Target University of Wisconsin Press UW-Extension UW-Madison Libraries Wal-Mart Webcrafters, Inc. Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Wisconsin Public Radio
David Brostrom Elaine Burke Henry Drewal Joyce and William Erickson Peg and Dan Geisler Terry Haller Max and Ann Harris Jacqueline and James Klimaszewski Nancy and Arthur Laskin Kathleen McElroy and David Newby Karla and Bill Mullen Stephen Myck Ellen Nelson Shawn Schey Carol Smart Lynde B. Uihlen Daniel and Selma Van Eyck Gerald Viste Arthur and Clarice Wortzel
Stephen J. Books Bonnie G. Buchanan Roger Buffett Deborah Buffton Glenna Carter Martha and Charles Casey Alison Jones Chaim Jack and Beverly Christ Carol Cohen Anne M. and Timothy J. Connor Donald Cress James P. Danky James DeLine M. DeMatties Jerome K. Dombraski Janet Dykema Joseph and Joann Elder Karen Faster Reggie Finlayson Julie Frankl Gail Geiger Harlan and Elaine Grinde Joan and George Hall Jane Hamblen John Hanson Wayne and Janet Hanson Bev Harrington Standish and Jane Henning Rebecca Holmes C.J. Hribel Margaret Banta Humleker Barbara and Thomas Hulseberg Beverly Jambois
Steve Klaven and Merija Eisen Constance Klotz Mary Knapp Heidi Stibbe Knight Mary Knight Robert J. and Barbara B. Knowlton Don Kynaston Ann Lacy Marvin G. Lansing Ed Linenthal Connie Loden Eddie R. and Astride H. Lowry Anne Lucke Nancy O. Lurie Lesleigh Luttrell Esther Mackintosh Helen H. Madsen Richard Magyar Kathy Engen Malkasian Denise Marino and Herbert Paaren Tilney Marsh Susan McLeod Charlotte Meyer Judith Claire Mitchell Judy Moore Steven Nadler Kathleen Orosz Joseph L. and Mary D. Ousley Lloyd W. and Margaret T. Page Kay Plantes Hannah Pinkerton Agnes Posbrig Charlie P. Ries
Joseph Rodriguez Jane Roeber Janet Ross Mike Russell Martin and Melissa Scanlan Renie Shapiro P.M. and Carrie Sherrill Carol and Dean Schroeder Judith L. Strasser Steven M. Taylor Libby Temkin Carol Tennessen Mr. and Mrs. L. William Teweles Sara Toenes Sandi Torkildson Michael and Carol Troyer-Shank Harry Van Camp Masarah Van Eyck Linda VandenBerg Peg and Ron Wallace G. Lane and Linda Ware Norma and Ralph Wehlitz George Wells and Sally Hammond Kris Adams Wendt Amanda Werhane Robin Whyte Ralph and Jo Wickstrom David K. and Karen M. Williams Dena Wortzel Margarita Zamora
WHC Board Members
* Governor’s Appointee
Karla Mullen, Chair watertown Raúl Galván, Vice-Chair Milwaukee Public Television Steven M. Taylor, Treasurer Marquette University milwaukee David Brostrom Waukesha Public Library Henry John Drewal UW-Madison Janet Dykema Wisconsin Historical Society eau claire *Joyce Erickson kenosha Reginald Finlayson Milwaukee Area Technical College Jean M. Fleet Riverside University High School milwaukee John Hanson Northern Pictures, Inc. bayfield Jacqueline Klimaszewski Appleton Area School District
*Mary Knapp Madison Public Library *Connie Loden Heart of Wisconsin Business and Economic Alliance wisconsin rapids Stephen R. Myck The Douglas Stewart Company madison Wayne Patterson St. Norbert College de pere Joyce E. Salisbury UW-Green Bay, Emerita *Kou Vang Cardinal Stritch University milwaukee *Bobbi Webster Oneida Nation Kris Adams Wendt Rhinelander District Library Susanne Wofford UW-Madison Margarita Zamora UW-Madison
Dean Bakopoulos Executive Director Dena Wortzel Associate Director, Director of Program Jessica Becker Senior Program Officer Alison Jones Chaim Director, Wisconsin Book Festival Michael Kean Director of Administration & Finance Shawn Shey Administrative Specialist Masarah Van Eyck Director of Development & Communications
IMS Isthmus Jeffris Family Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation Verizon Foundation VQR: The Virginia Quarterly Review Wisconsin State Department of Tourism
Friends of the WHC
Seymour and Shirley Abrahamson Dwight Allen Lynn Archer Richard and Elizabeth Askey George and Patricia Bakopoulos Robert and Janice Baldwin Jessica Becker Maurice and Sybil Better Bennett Berson Allan G. and Margaret R. Bogue Jane Bowers
Other Corporate & Organizational Support
Alliant Energy Foundation All Writers Workplace & Workshop American Family Insurance Group Cooperative Children’s Book Center The Country Today Douglas Stewart Company
($300 or more) Dean Bakopoulos and Amanda Okopski Oscar C. and Patricia H. Boldt Tom and Renee Boldt Paul and Ann Boyer
222 South Bedford Street, Suite F Madison, Wisconsin 53703-3688 P: 608.262.0706 F: 608.263.7970 E-Mail: email@example.com
For more on how the humanities help us “examine our lives,” please see the special 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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