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Democracy demands wisdom and vision

The federal legislation that created the National Endowment for the Humanities and state humanities councils mandates that we “foster and support a form of education, and access to the arts and the humanities, designed to make people of all backgrounds and wherever located masters of their technology and not its unthinking servants.” We embrace this role and commit to promoting humanistic education for all.

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Humanistic study cultivates critical thinkers who are open to divergent opinions, adept at perspective-taking, and who embrace the recursive process of academic inquiry. Humanistic education calls for the learner to suspend judgment and tolerate ambiguity, knowing that there is rarely one simple, “right” answer. Recognizing that this type of education is not broadly available, our approach to education emphasizes access for all, particularly for those least likely to receive an education rich in the humanities due to socioeconomic inequities. Through Prime Time, Inc. we seek to create pathways for life-long learning for every generation, from every walk of life, and in all 64 Louisiana parishes.

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Institute for Louisiana Culture and History

The new Institute for Louisiana Culture and History will become a statewide educational hub providing reliable, accessible Louisiana social studies resources to K–12 students and their teachers. Made possible by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, the institute will engage social studies teachers with Louisiana history topics and LEH’s online encyclopedia, 64parishes.org, for use in the classroom and responsively expand the encyclopedia to meet teachers’ ever-changing content needs.

The institute workshops, held annually in the summer at LEH's historic building in downtown New Orleans and quarterly around the state, will bring together recognized historians, scholars, and curricula specialists to engage educators about key standards-aligned Louisiana history and culture topics found in the 64parishes.org encyclopedia.

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64Parishes.org Encyclopedia

Documenting Louisiana history and culture has taught us that the place we call home is complicated. We must take great care in presenting that history and culture. Ensuring that inclusive, scholar-generated content is available and accessible to statewide audiences, including K-12 educators, university and independent scholars, and the general public is mission critical. Through our online content platforms, we support strong educational outcomes by providing free and unrestricted access to multimedia humanities scholarship in the form of podcasts, videos, long- and short-form articles, music clips, and more.

Since 1971, the LEH has worked to publish scholarly content and stories about Louisiana. Represented by 64 Parishes, this online platform includes an encyclopedia of Louisiana history and culture, which serves as a fundamental reference for students, educators, and researchers.

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Institute for Louisiana Culture and History Announces Regional Workshops

This coming school year LEH will host four Institute for Louisiana Culture and History workshops for social studies K–12 educators around the state, with a focus 18th-century Louisiana history in alignment with LDOE’s new 6th-grade social studies standards.

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Apply Now to Host Prime Time Reading Program In the Fall

Organizations interested in bringing a free family engagement and reading program to their community are invited to apply to host a Prime Time reading program in the fall. Applications will be accepted from organizations throughout Louisiana until April 17.

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First Institute Workshop Announced

This summer the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) will host the inaugural Institute for Louisiana Culture and History (ILCH) intensive workshop for Louisiana social studies K-12 educators on June 12-14, 2023, in New Orleans.

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