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.

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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Toward a More Perfect Union

Drawing on the unique resources of the humanities, the Humanities Center builds a thoughtful, literate, engaged society. Toward a More Perfect Union is a new initiative that harnesses the power of conversation to explore the most basic yet profound questions of our democracy. Through locally shaped, facilitated dialogues in communities throughout our state, Minnesotans are exploring the United States Constitution as a living document in their lives.

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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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