Humanities at Home: LIVE
Join HN executive director Chris Sommerich and members of our Speakers Bureau for short talks about interesting subjects, followed by audience Q&A!

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Past Episodes

Dr. Andrew Jewell on Willa Cather
Dr. Andy Jewell, editor of the Willa Cather Archives at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shares fresh insight into one of America’s most lauded authors, gleaned from her letters and other research. Watch now!

Dr. Dianne Bystrom on Women’s Suffrage
Dr. Dianne Bystrom, former director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University (1996- 2018) and contributor, co-author or co-editor of 25 books, shares the challenges of women receiving the right to vote, and how Nebraska became a key player in women’s suffrage. Watch Now!

Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason on Reading, Writing & Inspiring a Love for Poetry
Matt Mason, Nebraska State Poet 2019-2024, talks about poetry, reads some works from his upcoming book, advises novice poets, and discusses how young people can and should be inspired to read and write poetry. Q&A from the audience included. Watch now!

Michelle Troxclair on Poetry and Spoken Word Art
Michelle Troxclair, an Omaha poet and spoken word artist tells us how she came to inherit her storytelling ability. Michelle describes the difference between page poetry and spoken word poetry, performs a few of her works, and talks about how poetry is changing the lives of the troubled youth she teaches. **Some adult language and themes.** Watch now!

Joe Starita on Chief Standing Bear & Dr. Susan La Flesche
Joe Starita talks about two Nebraska heroes: Chief Standing Bear, who successfully sued the U.S. government on behalf of Native American rights, and Dr. Susan La Flesche, the first Native American doctor, who tirelessly served her people. Watch now!

Prime Time Live #1: Maria & Lisa read “The Paperbag Princess” in Spanish and English
Our awesome Prime Time team Lisa Brown-Olsen and Maria de los Angeles Marquez from Grand Island read and discuss “The Paperbag Princess” by Robert Munsch in English and Spanish. Watch Maria and Lisa read the story now!

Prime Time Live #2: Maria & Lisa read “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” in Spanish and English
Our Grand Island Prime Time Family Reading Time team return! This time, Maria & Lisa read and discuss “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka in English & Spanish. Enjoy the story now!

Prime Time Live #3: Maria & Lisa read “The Old Man and His Door in Spanish and English
We welcome back our Grand Island Prime Time Family Reading Time team, Maria & Lisa, for a third favorite book! This time, they read and discuss “The Old Man and His Door” by Gary Soto in English & Spanish. Watch them read the story now!

Prime Time Family is one of our most popular programs. We bring together kids ages 6-10 and their families for a light meal, and then we read and discuss award-winning children’s books with themes like courage, responsibility and fairness. The long-term results include measurably improved academic success for the kids, increased literacy for the entire family, and a better connection to the resources available at their local public libraries. Learn more about what Prime Time accomplishes here.