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  • In This Our Home the Life of Mary Sewall
    In This Our Home the Life of Mary Sewall
    Fri, Jul 19
    North Dakota Heritage Center
    Jul 19, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT
    North Dakota Heritage Center, 612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505, USA
    Jul 19, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT
    North Dakota Heritage Center, 612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505, USA
    In-person event featuring chautauqua performer Donna Sewall Davidge as Mary Sewall—the wife of William Wingate Sewall, who was a close friend and guide of Theodore Roosevelt in the Dakota Badlands in the 1880s.
  • A Labor of Love: A Life Spent Writing and Working with Mark Hernberg
    A Labor of Love: A Life Spent Writing and Working with Mark Hernberg
    Tue, Sep 03
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 03, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 03, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” —Theodore Roosevelt
  • Empowerment through Visualization and Goal Setting for Older Adults with Jeremy Holloway
    Empowerment through Visualization and Goal Setting for Older Adults with Jeremy Holloway
    Tue, Sep 03
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 03, 2024, 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 03, 2024, 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Your story is one to be told! Learn to appreciate and enjoy the richness of every life stage through practices like reminiscence therapy, mindfulness, goal-setting, and visualization.
  • The Romantic Age with Sarah Faulkner
    The Romantic Age with Sarah Faulkner
    Wed, Sep 04
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 04, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 04, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    "We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for." —Dead Poet's Society
  • Democracy in America with Kevin Walker
    Democracy in America with Kevin Walker
    Thu, Sep 05
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 05, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 05, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    "In America, I saw more than America… I sought the image of democracy itself, with its inclinations, its character, its prejudices, and its passions. I wanted to know democracy, if only to know at least what we must hope or fear from it." —Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Understanding Science Fiction with Eric Link
    Understanding Science Fiction with Eric Link
    Thu, Sep 05
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 05, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 05, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
  • "The Cost of Free Land" book event with author Rebecca Clarren
    "The Cost of Free Land" book event with author Rebecca Clarren
    Sun, Sep 08
    ONLINE event via Zoom
    Sep 08, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE event via Zoom
    Sep 08, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE event via Zoom
    A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2023 "Sharply insightful . . . A monumental piece of work."—The Boston Globe An award-winning author investigates the entangled history of her Jewish ancestors' land in South Dakota and the Lakota, who were forced off that land by the United States government.
  • Native American Best Practices 1 with Ricky White
    Native American Best Practices 1 with Ricky White
    Mon, Sep 09
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 09, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 09, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    "What is good for Native Americans is good for all people"
  • Writing and the Art of Description with David Bjerklie
    Writing and the Art of Description with David Bjerklie
    Mon, Sep 09
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 09, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 09, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Describe your world, real or imaginary. Isn't that what writers do? "Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
  • History's Heroines, Heroes, and Legends with Christopher Bellitto
    History's Heroines, Heroes, and Legends with Christopher Bellitto
    Mon, Sep 09
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 09, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 09, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Every history has a myth and every myth has a history. Join us as we explore both in the ancient and medieval worlds.
  • A Practical Workshop to Writing Speculative Fiction with Steven A. Guglich
    A Practical Workshop to Writing Speculative Fiction with Steven A. Guglich
    Tue, Sep 10
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Writing is much easier than you think... you just need to get started. Join me on this journey from pen to publication.
  • Life, Literature, and Politics with Tayo Basquiat
    Life, Literature, and Politics with Tayo Basquiat
    Wed, Sep 11
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 11, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 11, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Second-wave feminism observed, "The personal is the political," but I often wish it wasn't so!
  • America and the Modern Presidency: From Franklin Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan, 1933-1989 with Rick Collin
    America and the Modern Presidency: From Franklin Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan, 1933-1989 with Rick Collin
    Wed, Sep 11
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 11, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 11, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    "One of my goals of this course is to make the nine Presidents we will study come to life, not only through key events and policies of their time in office, but also through personal stories that will make each of them a bit more accessible."
  • "The Cost of Free Land" book class with Rebecca Clarren
    "The Cost of Free Land" book class with Rebecca Clarren
    Sun, Sep 15
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 15, 2024, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 15, 2024, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    What are the stories we tell in families and in nations? And what are the stories we don't tell? And why don't we tell those stories? Explore the questions at the heart of American myth and history with Rebecca Clarren, author of "The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota and an American Inheritance"
  • High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out with Amanda Ripley
    High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out with Amanda Ripley
    Tue, Sep 17
    ONLINE event via Zoom
    Sep 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE event via Zoom
    Sep 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE event via Zoom
    When we are baffled by the insanity of the “other side”—in our politics, at work, or at home—it’s because we aren’t seeing how the conflict itself has taken over.
  • Short Form Writing Workshop with Tayo Basquiat
    Short Form Writing Workshop with Tayo Basquiat
    Wed, Sep 18
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 18, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 18, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Stephen King wrote, "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that."
  • Sound and Form in Poem Construction with Shadd Piehl
    Sound and Form in Poem Construction with Shadd Piehl
    Thu, Sep 19
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 19, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 19, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    "All you need to do is find a good line To start a poem, tack another one plumb Below the first. It is a bit like art, A bit like carpentry, bit like life, Or a lot like, but often not enough."
  • The Bible as Literature with Brooks Susman
    The Bible as Literature with Brooks Susman
    Tue, Sep 24
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 24, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Sep 24, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    You might have been taught that the Torah/The First Five Books of Moses/The Pentateuch as being written by Moses and God...but consider the authors being Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammett writing a "who done it"!

Classes and events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these events or classes do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities North Dakota.

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