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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a member of Humanities North Dakota?
Simply make a donation in any amount to become a member of Humanities North Dakota.
Who can be a member? Do I have to live in North Dakota?
Anyone age 18 and over can be a member of Humanities North Dakota. While our offices are located in North Dakota, you don’t have to live here to enjoy our programming or be a member. You just have to enjoy the company of North Dakotans as members of our lifelong learning community. In fact, if you donate and live outside the state, we consider you an honorary North Dakotan.
What will my donation support?
100% of your donation goes directly to program costs related to Humanities North Dakota’s classes and events.
Do I have to be a member to attend your classes and events?
You don’t need to be a member to enjoy Humanities North Dakota’s programs. We believe everyone should have access to the benefits of lifelong learning, therefore we welcome you to join us in the exercise of ideas!
Do you charge for classes and events?
Thanks to the generosity of our members, we can offer the majority of our classes and events for free! You are welcome to pay a registration fee if you wish to help cover the cost of the program you are attending, but it isn’t expected or required. We do charge a small fee for some in-person events because many people who sign up for free events do not end up attending. These no-shows make it extremely difficult to plan events when we have limited seating. We charge a fee because people value what they pay for and will show up if they have committed money. We also charge for our Little Mo Writing Incubator Project because it is limited to 20 people, and they receive intensive instruction and feedback over a seven-month period.
Who is Iris, and why is she all over your advertising?
Iris Swedlund is a longtime member of Humanities North Dakota and our volunteer spokesperson. Her love of learning is infectious, and we hope you join her at one of our upcoming programs.
What is the mission of Humanities North Dakota?
At Humanities North Dakota, we believe that it shouldn’t be frustrating or expensive to pursue a journey of lifelong learning. That's why since 1973, Humanities North Dakota has made it our mission to develop affordable, accessible, and engaging classes and events. We are a nonprofit dedicated to helping you experience the benefits of lifelong learning in the humanities.
What are the humanities?
The humanities are disciplines that explore what it means to be human: literature, languages, history, philosophy, ethics, anthropology, art history, archeology, and the social sciences. At Humanities ND we believe that studying the humanities helps people find meaning and purpose in their individual lives which contributes to more humane and enlightened societies.