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Elko, Nevada
Bringing Humanities Access to Rural Nevada
A partnership between the VHC and Great Basin College’s Great Basin Indian Archives Program, the Shoshone Language Initiative offers Shoshone youth the chance to learn more about their language and culture while staying on a college campus.Image courtesy of Great Basin College.

With NEH challenge grant funding that was used to raise an additional $1 million, Great Basin College established the Virtual Humanities Center (VHC), which provides in-person and online humanities access to an 86,000 square mile area in rural Nevada. The VHC provides live humanities programming to its communities. Recent events have included World War II film screenings with panel discussions by veterans; discussions about the Zika virus and vaccinations; and conversations about the Constitution and the blood quantum concept of Native American tribal membership. Distance communication technology purchased with grant funding makes it possible for the VHC to bring this programming to remote audiences, as well as broadcast humanities programming from other locations in the state. Audiences can enjoy lectures, panels, and performances from afar. The technological upgrades made to Great Basin College’s lecture halls have had additional benefits for the community—the halls are booked by outside groups who use them to do remote broadcasting.

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