Stories of Human Experience

With the election of a new president and what seems to be a new direction for our country, we are faced with some age-old questions: What does it mean to be American? What does it mean to be Alaskan? What do freedom and democracy look like? How do we decide what is true and what is false? The humanities are central to finding our way through these important questions. At their core, the humanities are stories. Philosophy, history, religion, and art are stories told in many forms. They are the stories of our lives; the stories of our past and present; the stories of our human experience. The work of the humanities today is essential because it helps us remember our past and connects us acros

Camai'i = Welcome

Hello. I welcome you. Audra Surman came to Alaska in 2015 as a new teacher to the Lower Kuskokwim School District and a participant in the Alaska Humanities Forum’s C3 program. Creating Cultural Competence of Rural Early Career Teachers partners the Forum with both the Lower Kuskokwim and Northwest Arctic Borough School Districts, as well as cultural partners Calista Education and Culture and Maniilaq Association. This unique cultural immersion experience is available for teachers new to these two regions of Alaska. Participating in a traditional culture camp, while learning from regional Elders and Youth, teachers experience a rich immersion that is part of their required multi-cultural

Finding the unity in community

Applying lessons learned through community-based, small group projects is a core component and enduring legacy of Leadership Anchorage (LA), the Alaska Humanities Forum’s leadership development program. This year, LA's 20th, marks the second of a multiyear commitment to have all LA projects support the goals of the Municipality of Anchorage’s Welcoming Anchorage initiative: building a stronger community through supporting and celebrating equity and inclusion. Members of the LA20 cohort are working on six projects: Anchorage Youth Skate Anchorage is a winter city and every youth should have the opportunity to participate in outdoor winter recreation. The LA project team is helping Anchorage

Announcing the Forum's new Education Advisory Council

Alaska Humanities Forum is proud to announce a new seven-member stakeholder advisory council for its Rose Cross-Cultural Exchange Programs: Educator Cross-Cultural Immersion (ECCI), Sister School Exchange (SSE), and Creating Cultural Competence of Rural Early Career Teachers Programs (C3). For over 15 years, the Alaska Humanities Forum has been using cultural immersion, reflective learning, and place-based exploration to better prepare and connect educators and youth in both rural and urban communities across Alaska. This new Education Advisory Council will provide input and suggestions from educators and partners in the field on curriculum revision and cultural mentoring to move the prog

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