South Dakota Humanities Council

South Dakota Humanities Council

In The Moment … June 25, 2020 Show 846 Hour 2

Speakers Bureau programs from the South Dakota Humanities Council are now available virtually. Some of those virtual gatherings are proving to be even better attended than in-person events.  Ann Volin is the executive director of the South Dakota Humanities Council. She joins us for an update on Humanities Council programs during the pandemic.  

Virtual Gatherings For Challenging Topics

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South Dakota Humanities Council

In The Moment … June 25, 2020 Show 846 Hour 2

Speakers' Bureau gatherings are currently being offered online only. Patrick Hicks is a Humanities Scholar. His programs offer everything from lessons on the history of Auschwitz to writing poetry. 

Then, we hear from Lawrence Diggs. He is one of the South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau presenters who has embraced virtual gatherings during the pandemic. He offers programs on everything from prison recidivism to representative democracy. 

Humanities Organizations Receive $36K in Grants

Jan 9, 2020
South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council is awarding $36,000 in grants to eight humanities-based organizations. The new programs funded by these grants are launching in the coming months.


Grants from the council are given out twice a year to fund new programs to expand education of the humanities in South Dakota. Applicants must be a non-profit and have the humanities as a central focus to its events or research.


Ann Volin is the Executive Director of the Humanities Council. She says it’s thrilling to see an increase in open discussion of the humanities.


The South Dakota Humanities Council has selected its first tribal author for this year’s reading program. A collection of three Lakota creation stories written and voiced in both Lakota and English is being distributed to Second Graders across the state for the Summer reading book selection.

In The Moment ... March 25, 2019 Show 542 Hour 2

South Dakota Humanities Scholar Phyllis Schrag joins us for a preview of her talk "Mirror Mirror on the Wall, I am my Mother after all."

Outgoing And Incoming SD Humanities Leaders

Dec 14, 2018
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... December 14, 2018 Show 480 Hour 1

Since 2007, Sherry DeBoer has been at the helm of the South Dakota Humanities Council as Executive Director. DeBoer has played a pivotal role in promoting reading and literature across the state.

As her tenure comes to an end this month, the Humanities Council welcomes Ann Volin as its new Executive Director. Volin is the former director of the Aylward-Dunn Learning Center at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. She returns to Brookings where she grew up and later attended South Dakota State University.

In the Moment ... February 28, 2018 Show 286 Hour 1

In conjunction with Mount Marty College's Noon Forum, the Great Plains Writer's Tour announces a presentation by award-winning author Daryl Farmer.

Daryl Farmer is an assistant professor and the director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. His books include "Bicycling Beyond the Divide" and "Where We Land."

In The Moment ... December 20, 2017 Show 244 Hour 1

Sherry DeBoer, executive director of the South Dakota Humanities Council joins us for a look at the SDHC activities from 2017. We also spend time looking ahead to the in-depth initiatives of 2018.

In The Moment ... August 15, 2017 Show 156 Hour 1

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced last week that his office is joining several other attorneys general in asking the U-S Supreme Court to hear a case on the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion. The case, which has made it all the way to the country's highest court, originated in Bloomfield, New Mexico, where a monument of the Ten Commandments is placed on city property. SDPB's Lee Strubinger talked with Attorney General Jackley.

In The Moment ... August 14, 2017 Show 155 Hour 2

Get ready to head for the Hills. In the Moment is in Deadwood for the South Dakota Festival of Books in September. We hope to see you there. Today we get a preview of the state's premier literary event. Jennifer Widman is the director of the Center for the Book with the South Dakota Humanities Council.

In The Moment ... July 17, 2017 Show 135 Hour 1

Tomorrow is a pivotal day for the Dakota Power Community Wind project and Lincoln County residents. The public votes to either keep the ordinance of a roughly quarter-mile setback between Dakota Wind's turbines and residences or increase the setback to a half mile. The result of the vote could change the future of clean energy in South Dakota. SDPB's Leah Cover joins us with more.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 24, 2017 Show 078 Hour 1

April is National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Today we bring you insight from a new theatre company in Sioux Falls. It's called the Good Night Theatre Collective. The company presents their first full-length production this weekend at the ICON Lounge in Sioux Falls. It's called "Ball: a Musical Tribute to my Lost Testicle." It's creator survived testicular cancer and wrote the musical during chemotherapy treatment. Ruth Sturm and Max Wotjanowicz join us.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... March 22, 2017 Show 055 Hour 2

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for a conversation about sound, the search for an authentic experience, and how an entire town can embrace a Pulitzer Prize.

Black Hills State University hosts Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon. His visit is part of a year-long series of events led by the South Dakota Humanities Council. It coincides with the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize.

Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer in 2001 for the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His latest novel is released on November 21 from Harper Collins. It’s called Moonglow.

Chabon speaks on the topic “Thanks, Teach: Remembering Four Writing Mentors” Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. in the student union at Black Hills State.

Phyllis Schrag says that if you have to grow up, it might as well be in a small town. The South Dakota Humanities scholar joins Dakota Midday for some unapologetic nostalgia as we talk about small town America through a child’s-eye view. Right after Midday, Schrag presents at the Days of 76 Museum in Deadwood for their Preservation Thursday event.

In conjunction with the Pulitzer Prize centennial celebration, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin join Dakota Midday to discuss their Pulitzer Prize-winning work ‘American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.’ Both are award-winning authors and historians, earning multiple accolades for ‘American Prometheus.’ Oppenheimer was lionized for his work in developing the atomic bomb, but later, when he publicly repudiated that work for moral reasons, he was attacked by both politicians and other scientists.

Elizabeth Fenn sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about resilience, curiosity, redefining American history, and the unexpected way she found out she had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.