Double Down posts from January 2018

Jan 31, 2018 | Posted by By Aria Overli

As a cultural anthropologist, the role of ritual (repeated actions imbued with cultural meaning) regarding protest fascinates me. Evidence shows that rituals become more defined and more frequent when a group of people feel particularly without control. In the age of President Trump, we often see this lack of control coupled with anger resulting in protest as ritual. This is not a moral judgment, as ritual plays essential roles, such as strengthening community bonds and providing a sense of control and direction. Nonetheless, it should be taken into a critique of what we should be doing to strengthen our protests to ensure their roles in creating concrete action and change. 

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Jan 25, 2018 | Posted by By Emily K. Hobson

“All politics are local.” As the adage tells us, people become politically involved when issues are close to home. Few people are motivated to take action for abstract principles, but large numbers rally, march, and build organizations when they feel directly affected, and when solutions seem close at hand. Social movements begin by speaking to people’s immediate circumstances – whether those of their natural environments, neighborhoods, or families. 

 

No wonder that the recent Salon offered by Nevada Humanities, The Politics of Protest in Nevada, won a packed house. The panel addressed struggles over land, broadly defined: from Western...

Jan 17, 2018

Next week, the Western Folklife Center in Elko will host the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering on January 29-February 3, 2018. Nevada Humanities has proudly funded the Gathering every year throughout its 34-year run!

 

This is not an ordinary festival. The Gathering is a weeklong festival of poetry, music, and cultural arts, with workshops beginning on Sunday, January 28, and a wide range of events happening day and night throughout the week at the Western Folklife Center, the Elko Convention Center, and other sites in Elko. This year’s theme is Basques & Buckaroos: Herding...

Jan 11, 2018

 

2017 marked a year of unrest, contentious politics, and peaceful protests held throughout the country, including some here in Nevada. The Women’s March, the largest mass protest in Northern Nevada’s history, took place last January in downtown Reno with over 10,000 people peacefully protesting. Numerous protests were held around that time with themes radiating around human rights, immigration issues, and climate change, similar protests like the Women’s March are planned for 2018.

 

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Jan 4, 2018 | Posted by Christina Barr

As we kick off the New Year at Nevada Humanities, we are excited to launch some new initiatives and energize some seasoned humanities favorites. Having adopted the Nevada Center for the Book in 2017, we will now be producing the year-long, statewide Nevada Reads program. Throughout 2018, Nevadans everywhere will be reading two books; Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opioid Epidemic by Sam Quinones and Marlena: A Novel by Julie Buntin. Both books wrestle with our nation's opioid crisis in unique ways. We are looking forward to the community book club conversations that we will host throughout the state in 2018 to discuss these books and the issues they address. 

 

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