National Arts & Humanities Month: Week 5

HARVESTOctober is National Arts & Humanities Month. Gather ideas and insights with humanities events supported by the Kansas Humanities Council each week this month.

A Fist Bump for the Humanities


Click on the image to watch Richard Brodhead’s interview on The Colbert Report (5:41)

In August, the humanities joined the ranks of politicians, actors, and musicians by receiving the Colbert Bump from Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University and co-chair of the Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences, was on the program to talk about The Heart of the Matter, the Commission’s report on the role of the humanities in creating a “more civil public discourse, a more adaptable and creative workforce, and a more secure nation.” Click here or on the above image to watch the six-minute clip and see how Brodhead, a 19th-century American literature scholar, responds to Colbert’s question, “Is Moby Dick a metaphor for the struggle of trying to read Moby Dick?”

Give KHC a Fist Bump

Support the humanities in Kansas with a gift to the Kansas Humanities Council. Your tax-deductible donation to KHC expands the reach of the humanities in Kansas through innovative and engaging programs in communities across the state, including Speakers Bureau, the Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the upcoming Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition tour. Click here to donate safely and securely through the Network for Good giving site.