Programs & Events

The Minnesota Humanities Center is dedicated to bringing informative, enlightening, and engaging workshops and events to K-12 educators and the public. Whether you are looking to expand your humanities-based content, or simply want to increase your understanding of the changing world around you, the Humanities Center is committed to providing all Minnesotans with an opportunity to meet, converse, and learn from one-another.

Treaty Signers: Making the American Myth

Treaties were the events through which the United States was physically created, location-by-location across the continent. At stake were fundamental relationships among people and the natural world. Through the lens of the biographies of men who signed treaties on behalf of the United States, Marty Case will present the social, political, and business connections that drove treaty making, and connect them to the “master narrative” that guides American public discourse today.

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An Evening with tpt's MN Original

An Evening with tpt’s MN Original is an event designed to celebrate and learn from Minnesota’s creative community. At each event an artist from tpt’s award-winning weekly series MN Original will engage participants in a discussion reflective of the artist’s work. Participants will be introduced to more than 300 videos and corresponding activity guides created by the Minnesota Humanities Center through its partnership with MN Original.

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Bdote Field Trip: Dakota in the Twin Cities

Spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from a Dakota perspective. As you experience these places, you will challenge assumptions made about Dakota history and identity and gain a deeper understanding of the significance of places like Pilot Knob, Wakan Tipi, and Mounds Park to this land’s first people.

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Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives

The Humanities Center’s foundational workshop, Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives, introduces participants to the Absent Narratives Approach, a relationship-based approach to creating equity within systems and communities. Participants will work through the Absent Narratives Approach to improve their practices through a process of examples, exercises, and guided reflection.

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Online Learning

The Humanities Center conducts professional-development offerings that provide educators with humanities-based content and resources for improving classroom teaching and student learning. Participants work on their own schedule, at their own pace, and may take as long as they need to complete the offering.

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Veterans' Voices

Veterans’ Voices is a long-term initiative that draws on the power of the humanities to call attention to the stories and contributions of Veterans. This initiative amplifies, honors, and recognizes the stories and contributions of Minnesota Veterans in their own voice through plays, art, discussion groups, and the Veterans’ Voices Award.

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Why Treaties Matter

Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nation, a nationally recognized, award-winning, traveling exhibit, explores the relationships between Minnesota’s Dakota and Ojibwe nations and the United States Government.

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