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Elko, Nevada
Bringing Humanities Access to Rural Nevada
Veterans take part in a community discussion hosted by the Great Basin College Virtual Humanities Center. Image courtesy of the Center.

Veterans take part in a community discussion hosted by the Great Basin College Virtual Humanities Center. Image courtesy of the Center.

With NEH challenge grant funding that was used to raise an additional $1.5 million, The Virtual Humanities Center at Great Basin College (GBC), provides in-person and online humanities access to an 87,000 square mile area in rural Nevada. The Center offers a gateway course to GBC students and provides live humanities programming to its community. Recent events have included World War II film screenings with panel discussions by veterans; a discussion about the Zika virus; and a conversation about the Constitution. By hosting videos of these events online, the Center makes it possible for viewers to enjoy lectures, panels, and performances from afar. The website also presents images and text-based documents of local interest; these include Shoshone oral histories and materials representing northern Nevada’s Basque heritage. With its mission to serve the immediate community and focus on local heritage and voices, the Virtual Humanities Center provides its constituents with personally-relevant humanities content.

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