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    The unexamined lie is not worth living. Socrates

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    Many o you who are long time supporters o the Wisconsin Humanities Council may notice

    that we have a brand new logo. This interlocking set o three dialogue balloons represents the

    meeting o multiple points o view and the lively conversations that occur within the structure

    o a WHC program. We think our new tag line community through conversation distills our

    mission nicely, and we hope it inspires you to look into WHC-backed initiatives in your part o

    the state. Better yet, perhaps you will be inspired to write your own grant proposal and design a

    provocative, lively public humanities program or your own community.

    Your support o the WHC demonstrates that you believe that the humanities help shape the

    civic inrastructure o our nation. Indeed, while it is our physical inrastructureroads, bridges,

    borders, and public utilitiesthat make us a nation, it is our civic inrastructureour stories,

    songs, belies, and valuesthat make us a civilization worth celebrating and preserving.

    We thank you or your continued support,

    Dean Bakopoulos

    Executive Director

    DEAR FRIENDS OF THE WHC:

    Karla MullenWHC Chair, Watertown, WI

    CONTENTS

    LetterfromtheWHC 3

    WhatAretheHumanities? 4

    WhatWeDo 5

    WHCSpeakersBureau 6

    Wiscons inBookFest ival 8

    Motheread/Fatheread10

    AMorePerfectUnion12

    BetweenFences14

    WHCGrantProgram 16

    2006Grants 18

    Suppo rt t he Humani ti es 20

    PowerofPartnerships 21

    MajorDonors 22

    WHCBoardandStaff 23

    ContactInformation 24

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    HISTO RY CULTURAL ANTHRO PO LO GY L ITERATURE

    PHILOSO PHY AND ETHICS F O REIGN LANGUAGES

    AND CULTURES THE HISTORY, THEORY, AND CRITICIS M

    OF THE ARTS COMPARATIVE RELIGION LINGUISTICS

    FOLKLORE PHILOSOPHY OF LAW ARCHEOLOGY

    Established in 1972 as an independent aliate o the National Endowment o the

    Humanities, the Wisconsin Humanities Council is a nonprot, nonpartisan organization

    that supports public programs that engage the people o Wisconsin in the exploration o

    human cultures, ideas, and values. We do this with the conviction that our communities

    are strengthened with civil and inormed conversations.

    Each year, the WHC receives ederal unding rom the NEH, which we use to leverage

    state, individual, corporate, and oundation support at the local level. We also extend our

    ederal dollars by orming partnerships with both state and local organizations. The WHC,

    or example, works closely with the Cultural Coalition o Wisconsin and the University

    o WisconsinExtension. In doing so, we help to build a stronger network among

    cultural institutions.

    WHAT WE DO

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    6Our library had the pleasure of having

    Christopher Goetz come and give us his

    Talk with the Past . Not only was he

    well-prepared and personable, but he

    captivated our audience for over onehour. The passion he has for his histor-

    ical character and history were clearly

    evident. Audience members said, Bring

    him back; he was GREAT!

    Jennier Einwalter,

    slinger community library,

    on christopher goetzs chautauqua

    presentation on civil war lie, Talk with the Past

    Since 1991, the WHC Speakers Bureau has oered educational and entertaining humanities

    presentations and in-character historical Chautauqua perormances in nearly every county

    in Wisconsin, bringing discussions about poetry, world religions, archaeology, olklore,

    history, and much more to every corner o the state.

    The size o our Speakers Bureau audiences continues to increase. For the 2004 2005 cata-

    logue years, almost 12,000 people attended one of the 267 Speakers Bureau presentations

    around Wisconsin. Encouragingly, one-third o these events were hosted by organizations in

    Wisconsin that had never beore applied to host a Speakers Bureau event. These new requests

    came rom proessional groups, librar ies, social clubs, m iddle schools, social advocacy groups,

    conservation groups, religious centers, museums, and churches and attest to the growing

    (and glowing!) reputation o the WHC Speakers Bureau.

    WHC SPEAKERS BUREAU

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    The Festival served again as one of

    Madisons most fantastic events, a ve-day

    gathering that would make big-city dwellers

    drop their reading glasses in awe. I heard

    18 authors, seven poets, and a British

    woman who translated a novel from

    Spanish to English. Bolstered by Wisconsin

    authors and others with signicant ties to

    the Dairyland state, the Festival [delivered]

    many memorable moments.

    This was my rst time at the event

    and it was amazing for me as a young

    person. Events like these are crucial

    for the expression and education of

    young people through literature

    and the arts.

    Survey Respondent

    Ive been to many book festivals

    over the years and simply put, yours

    was by far the most excellent and

    most exciting.

    Carol Houck Smith, Senior Editor

    ww norton, new york

    Tom Alesia,

    Wisconsin State Journal

    Through a unique partnership between the public, private, and academic sectors, the

    Wisconsin Book Festival celebrates our states rich literary heritage, brings some o Americas

    nest writers to the people o Wisconsin, and encourages Wisconsinites o all ages to read

    widely and to read well. The Wisconsin Book Festival is the states largest literary festival

    with annual attendance reaching 15,000 attendees and one of the largest free literary

    events in the nation.

    Each year the Festival hosts over 100 events, including author readings, panel discussions,

    writing workshops, exhibitions, and youth poetry slams.

    In recent years, Festival presenters have included Wisconsin avorites Jane Hamilton,

    Lorrie Moore, Jacquelyn Mitchard, David Maraniss, Michael Perry, Denise Sweet, Mark

    Turcotte, and Kevin Henkes. We have also welcomed nationally-acclaimed literary stars like

    Michael Chabon, Isabel Allende, Edwidge Danticat, and Grace Paley; U.S. Poet Laureates

    Billy Collins and Ted Kooser; nationally-acclaimed poets like Martn Espada, Sam Hamill, and

    Luis Rodriguez; National Public Radio reporters Anne Garrels and Noah Adams; historians

    Howard Zinn and Joseph Ellis; and graphic novelists Chris Ware and Marjane Satrapi.

    WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL

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    QUOTE

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    Motheread/Fatheread has truly touched the hearts

    o many amilies in the La Crosse School District, both

    through the power o the group and the power o the

    stories themselves. Parents leave eeling empowered

    and motivated to read with their children, and have

    a true understanding o how reading together not only

    benefts their child academically, but also brings them

    closer as a amily.

    Sandy Brauer,

    Director of Curriculum & Staff Development ,

    la crosse school district

    Motheread/Fatheread is a amily literacy program that does something amazing: it helps

    parents who are poor readers become condent and excited about reading aloud to their

    children. And because it has been shown that the most important predictor o a childssuccess in school is whether he or she is read to at home, parents who participate in

    Motheread/Fatheread are breaking the generational cycle o school ailure.

    As the exclusive Wisconsin provider o the Motheread/Fatheread Family Literacy program,

    the WHC trains teachers, literacy instructors, librarians, and other literacy proessionals in

    this nationally acclaimed instructional approach and curriculum. Motheread/Fatheread

    introduces parents with limited literacy to high quality childrens literature and encourages

    amilies to read together. The curriculum appeals to a very powerul motivation in parents:

    the desire to help their children learn.

    MOTHEREAD FATHEREAD

    Family Literacy Program

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    A More Perfect Union offers

    themed book discussions to

    our librarys book club. We

    often talk about the future

    of the United States in our

    discussions. Going back to

    our roots as a nation with

    this series is a unique

    experience for the club.

    Cecilia Wiltzius, Library Director,

    karl jungunger memorial library

    The books dealt with difcult subjects,

    sometimes horrible events. But we

    need to face these things. Good change

    is possible. We need to be hopeful

    and active.

    2005AMPU participant in Janesville

    I read all the books, understood a little, and learned much

    more from the discussions. It was well worth my time.

    2005AMPU participant rom Presque Isle

    Since its inception in 2004, hundreds o Wisconsin residents each year have joined our ree

    book discussion series. A More Perect Union prompts readers to examine various aspects o

    the U.S. Constitutionboth its ideals and its realities. We lend teen copies o the books

    and accompanying discussion guides to any group in Wisconsin that meets in a public space

    and publicly advertises its meetings. We will even pay or a scholar to join the group to

    enrich the conversation abou