ON Newsletter - Spring 2022

What Connects Us

More Human Powered Is Headed Your Way


Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton and public historian Adam Carr co-host the brand new season of Wisconsin Humanities’ Human Powered podcast. Join them as they take listeners on a journey to hear from those whose lives have been changed by incarceration.

We’ll hear from people whose passion is to bring the humanities behind bars, and from their students whose lives have been transformed by the power of the humanities.

Discover even more Human Powered on our website through extra photos, videos, and further information about the inspiring projects happening all across Wisconsin, and the people who make them happen.

Explore More Human-Powered Wisconsin

In episode 5 of season 1, you’ll meet Marvin Defoe and Edwina Buffalo-Reyes, members of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in Bayfield County. Over the last few summers, Edwina, Marvin, and the Red Cliff Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) collaborated with university archeologists to unearth new artifacts, rethink the relationship between archeologists and tribal members, and keep Anishinaabe culture thriving.

“My take on history is if you don’t know where you come from, you might have a hard time getting to where you’re going,” says Edwina.

This episode not only takes you inside the innovative collaboration between THPO, students, and researchers – it’s a chance to deepen your understanding of the vital resource that is indigenous knowledge.

“Part of how you love the land is you got to understand yourself and love yourself as a Native person and understand those teachings that make you Anishinaabe,” says Marvin. “It ain’t just doing an archeological thing…you live it—zitugawin—‘you live it.’”


Community Powered: Growing Grassroots Resilience

As Wisconsin Humanities celebrates its 50th Anniversary, we have been reflecting on the lessons learned from decades of public humanities work. One that stands out is how, by putting the tools of the humanities in the hands of committed problem-solvers, we can make powerful changes happen.


Jerry and John Viste: Making More Possible

We’re so delighted that after 50 years, founding Wisconsin Humanities board member Gerald (Jerry) Viste is still a dear friend and supporter.

Having grown up on a farm, Jerry always felt strongly about making humanities projects accessible to rural communities.


We’re celebrating 50 years of Wisconsin Humanities

What were you doing in 1972? Since our organization's founding, Wisconsin Humanities has worked in every corner of the state with YOU to explore what it means to be human, to be part of a democracy, and to strengthen each of our communities. Check out a timeline of our ongoing work bringing together individuals and communities.


Wisconsin’s Water Future

We’re all connected by Wisconsin’s wealth of water! Last fall, at Sturgeon Bay’s Crossroads at Big Creek, Beyond the Headlines worked with news media partner Wisconsin Watch to host a panel discussion on “Imperiled Shores,” a deeper dive into news reporting on the impact of Lake Michigan’s wildly fluctuating water levels.


LoveWI - Chia Youyvee Vang

To shine a light on what makes this work so special, Love Wisconsin is featuring stories from former Wisconsin Humanities board members—extraordinary people who help shape the humanities in Wisconsin. If you don't yet know Chia Youyee Vang, you are going to love 'meeting' her! As a student Chia noticed Hmong history wasn't in the curriculum. Now, as a historian at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, she has founded the Hmong Diaspora Studies program. Read her story, and others, on the Love Wisconsin website!