Ohio’s role in the nationwide fight for school integration

When their school district refused to integrate after Brown v. Board of Education was decided in 1954, a group of Black mothers in Southwest Ohio marched their children to the white school, demanding admission, only to be turned away every day for two years. Their activism resulted in one of the longest sustained protests of the civil rights era—one that began before … Read More

Ohio Humanities hiring Digitization Intern

Ohio Humanities, the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is hiring an intern to assist in digitizing and cataloguing the organization’s archives. The intern will assist in all parts of the project, including sorting through archived files to select documents to be digitized, scanning those documents, creating the finding aid, and preparing the digital files for a … Read More

Storyteller Spotlight: Dr. Carlotta Penn

Dr. Carlotta Penn is Senior Director of Partnerships and Engagement for the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Global Engagement in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. She holds a PhD in Education and an MA in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University, a BA in Mass Communication from Wright State University, and spent several years as … Read More

Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission, Ohio Humanities Announce Grant Program

The Holocaust Memorial on the south grounds of the Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS, OH—The Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission (OHGMEC) is partnering with Ohio Humanities to launch an inaugural grant program funding educational projects and programming in communities across the state about the Holocaust and genocide. “The Commission will enable institutions both large and small to receive funding that will support Holocaust and genocide education programming throughout Ohio,” said … Read More

Reading Women’s History Month, in Ohio and beyond

A woman reads a book while surrounded by other books in an aisle of a bookstore

We’re bookworms at Ohio Humanities. In celebration of Women’s History Month, here are some of our favorite books that tell women’s stories, in Ohio and beyond: Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman When Grandma Gatewood Took A Hike by Michelle Houts … Read More

The Storytellers: Amanda Page

Filmmakers Amanda Page and David Bernabo stand in front of a mural that reads '#Portsmouth.' Image courtesy Amanda Page

By Taylor Starek Amanda Page didn’t set out to be a filmmaker.   The 46-year-old is a Columbus-based writer and founder of Scioto Literary, a nonprofit that supports storytellers in Scioto County. She found her way to filmmaking thanks to a case of writer’s block.   She was struggling to pen an essay on her hometown of Portsmouth, located in southern Ohio, … Read More

The Storytellers: Yemi Oyediran

Filmmaker Yemi Oyediran holds on to his headset with his right hand while standing in front of a microphone, recording music for Queen City Kings

By Taylor Starek Secret American lives.   That’s what Yemi Oyediran calls the often-overlooked experiences of racial and cultural minorities. And those stories matter.   So Oyediran, the child of immigrants from Nigeria, co-founded a company to tell them. Oyediran—alongside friend and business partner JP Leong, who is Chinese American—runs AfroChine, a production company that not only partners with Cincinnati arts organizations … Read More

Spotlight on Local History: Alex Corpuz

Alex Corpuz enjoys tackling complex—and sometimes knotty—issues and ideas.   They began college at the Ohio State University in August 2018 as a physics and engineering student. During their sophomore year, they realized they were having more fun doing their German homework than their physics homework. This past spring, they graduated with degrees in German and Medieval Studies. Before heading to … Read More

Ohio Humanities Announces New Chair, Member of Board of Directors

COLUMBUS, OH—Ohio Humanities Executive Director Rebecca Brown Asmo announced this week the selection of Sarah Sisser of Findlay as Chair of the Ohio Humanities Board of Directors. Dr. Annie Bezbatchenko of Bexley will also join the Board. “Sarah brings a wealth of organizational leadership and a fresh perspective to the helm of Ohio Humanities, and Annie a unique passion for … Read More

Ohio Humanities, Wexner Center for the Arts Announce Film Fellowship Partnership

COLUMBUS, OH—Ohio Humanities and the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University are thrilled to announce a three-year partnership to support independent filmmakers-in-residence at the Wex who are working on humanities-informed documentary films. The collaboration will support up to five Ohio Humanities Film Fellows at the Wex each year. “For 50 years, Ohio Humanities has had a … Read More