HND Programs

GameChanger Ideas Festival

An annual gathering of lifelong learners where curiosity and discussion take center stage, the GameChanger Ideas Festival invites some of the most provocative and inspiring thinkers in the world to share their ideas with you! Join us for this exciting day of learning to re-energize your mind and make new friends.

GameChanger Ideas Festival

Book Discussions

HND GameChanger book discussions are facilitator-led, but group-driven conversations about impactful books written by upcoming GameChanger Ideas Festival speakers offering attendees a sense of community and personal enrichment. These events are offered in-person and virtually.


Leading up to our GameChanger Ideas Festival, we host discussions of books written by our invited thinkers. 



HND Think & Drink events bring curious people together at local pubs to connect, question, and learn through moderated scholar presentations and engaging conversation. 

Public University

HND Public University classes take lifelong learning to a deeper level by exploring difficult issues in civil spaces where attendees can learn and grow together through structured teaching and engaging productive dialogue. Classes are offered in-person and virtually.

We the People: Adult Civic Course

Working with our state’s civic teachers, Humanities North Dakota is bringing the comprehensive course on the history and principles of the US Government to adults. The We the People Adult Civics Course will take you from the philosophical and historical foundations of the U.S. political system to the challenges American constitutional democracy faces in the 21st century. Offered online and in person.

We the People: High School Civics Course

We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution is an innovative course that explores the history and principles of the United States government. 

One Book One ND

Take lifelong learning to a deeper level with our statewide book club. In an effort to create a shared experience of reading among a wide spectrum of people, we have developed ONE BOOK, ONE NORTH DAKOTA. We will host one author a month online to read from his or her book then take questions and comments from attendees. 

  • Access to the program is free.

  • Each book discussion is meant for us to gather, have fun, and learn.

  • We will offer a variety of genres and are always open to suggestions. Complete our survey here to give us suggestions.

  • The best way to stay informed about what books are coming up, sign up here to receive information about upcoming events.

Brave Conversations

Brave Conversations bring people together to engage with ideas outside of the formal settings of lecture halls and professional meetings. These conversations may include interviews, panel discussions, or lectures with an emphasis on exploring diverse perspectives and asking challenging questions in an informal, relaxed setting. These events are offered in-person and virtually.

Chautauqua & Chat

A 60-minute virtual performance by Chautauqua scholars in an environment of learning, culture, and entertainment.

HNDRead Watt Podcast

A entertaining and engaging audio podcast for lifelong learners featuring upcoming GC Ideas Festival speakers and other inspiring and provocative thinkers.


Humanities North Dakota Magazine

HND magazine is a quarterly publication of the best writing on the Great Plains. Our issues work to explore the connections we have with our communities, analyze some of today’s most critical topics, and highlight the renowned thinkers joining us at the GameChanger Ideas Festival.

Read ND

An archive of North Dakota’s authors and their works as well as resources, news and events, and more. From fiction to nonfiction to poetry, visit and find your next favorite book.

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