Idaho Humanities Council - Connecting people and ideas

There is an underappreciated organization that lives in Boise and they are onto something great--putting people in contact with one another for candid conversation about the things that unite us.  The Idaho Humanities Council undertakes some amazing programming and if you are unfamiliar with them, pay their website a visit.  During the early outbreaks of CoVid, the Idaho Humanities Council matched people up with a pen pal from Idaho and even included a few stamps in their welcome packet to get the process started. My pen pal lives in Emmett and he and I still correspond occasionally and he stops by the bookstore whenever he is in Boise so that we can touch base.  In this age of digital connection, there is something oddly comforting about receiving a letter in the mail and even better if it includes a few snapshots or memorabilia. There is something wonderful about connecting with another person in a meaningful way.

This time, the Idaho Humanities Council is doing a series of in person "front porch" events every Thursday evening in October providing us with opportunities to have conversations with our neighbors about subjects that connect us all.  Human Ties: Conversations That Matter is a new initiative from the Idaho Humanities Council that brings people together to have respectful and civil conversations about challenging topics that are meaningful all of us in Idaho. The conversations will be centered around a humanities-based text and moderated by a trained facilitator. The topics this month include:

  • Change (10/6)
  • Diversity (10/13)
  • Belonging (10/20)
  • Human Environment (10/27)


Photographs, poems, and other short, accessible texts serve as the center of conversation on a chosen topic. Topics are broad themes designed to spark conversation and to get people talking. Community Conversations are not lectures, panels, town halls, or presentations – these are actual conversations which require active participation from everyone. You don’t need any expertise to participate! 

They are meeting on the front porch in historic downtown Boise at 217 W. State Street to talk about a different topic every Thursday evening in October from 6 - 7:30 p.m..  Bring your own lawn chair. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required to participate, but expertise is not.  We do not often enough have a chance to just talk to people about things that matter to us and I look forward to visiting with you on the "front porch".