Bringing Literature, Art, Drama, and History to Rural Audiences: The North Dakota Humanities Council in Action

Dr. Mitzi M. Brunsdale
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Since 1973, the North Dakota Humanities Council has brought literature, art, drama, and history programs to a sprsely-populated rural state located in the geographical center of North America. Successful programs include dramatic impersonations of historical figures with audience participation; a SPeakers Bureau to connect North Dakota scholars with nonprofit groups in rural communities; "North Dakota Reads," to loan books and establish free public book discussion groups with scholars as facilitators; and the North Dakota Center for the Book, to encourage creative learning experiences with authors, essay contests, book festivals, etc. All activities deepend understanding of ideas, values, and human experiences through the arts and humanities.

Keywords: Arts, Humanities, Rural Audiences
Stream: Art in Communities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Mitzi M. Brunsdale

Professor of English, Department of English, Mayville State University
Mayville, North Dakota, USA

My seventh book, GUMSHOES: A Biographical Dictionary of Fictional Detectives, will be published in October 2006 by Greenwood Press. My other publications include critical studies of D.H. Lawrence, Sigrid Undset, Dorothy L. Sayers, James Joyce's short fiction, James Herriot, and George Orwell. I have published over fifty scholarly articles and am currently a book critic for THE STRAND MAGAZINE and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

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