The last several months have reminded us of several important truths. Among those are the fact there are real issues dividing us as Ohioans and Americans. Those issues will not be addressed by inflammatory language, name calling or a general lack of civility for people who think differently than we do.
We need to create opportunities for real conversation rooted in respect, a willingness to listen, and a desire to serve the common good.
Ohio Humanities is committed to programs that encourage us to engage real issues with real conversations, including:
  • An oral history project, in conjunction with the Columbus Metropolitan Library, that collects oral histories about the relationship between African Americans and neighborhood police;
  • Digitizing and re-releasing Children of Abraham, an exhibit and study guide that explores religious diversity in Ohio; and,
  • Adding speakers and programs to the Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau to address issues of race and ethnicity.
These programs, and many others, are a critical service Ohio Humanities provides to our state.
Become a Conversation Starter by clicking here. For $10 a month you can support programs that address real issues with real conversations. You can also make a one-time gift of any size by visiting our website and clicking the Get Involved tab or by clicking here.
Ohio needs to address real issues with real conversations. You can help make that happen.
Patricia N. Williamsen
Executive Director