Wyoming Humanities Awards Spark Grant to InterConnections 21

Laramie, WY—October 26, 2020

Wyoming Humanities (WYH) is pleased to present a Spark Grant award to  InterConnections 21 for the Teton County Model United Nations Program and Keynote. InterConnections 21 will use this grant to partially fund its 15th annual Model UN conference, which will be held online on November 16th and 17th. This long-standing, educational, and collaborative event aims to teach Wyoming high school students about governmental structures, social issues, and politics in the United Nations. Dedicated student-delegates train for an entire semester before participating in the two-day conference with other learners from around the state.

Dr. Nadia Oweidat will present a free public keynote through Zoom at 12:00 PM on Monday, November 16th, about the impact of social media on violence and extremism in the Middle East. Dr. Oweidat is an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University as well as a Senior Middle East Fellow at New America, an organization focused on critically thinking about America’s rapid social and technological changes. She received a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Wyoming and moved on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.

Those interested in attending the Zoom keynote can register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cwQtJESfTUOlzLWRGb2jHg.

For more information, InterConnections 21 can be contacted at info@ic21.org.

About Spark Grants

Spark Grants provide funding to Wyoming communities and nonprofits for programming related to the humanities. The humanities encompass all forms of human cultural expression: history, arts, literature, philosophy, religion, laws, cultural studies, and languages. Projects are selected based on communities’ needs and programs designed to spark new insights and perspectives. Funding is provided through the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources. Grantees provide equal or greater matching funds and in-kind contributions. WYH grants generate significant social and economic impact five times greater than state funding. As public humanities and cultural programming change due to COVID-19 concerns, WYH is proud to help organizations continue their important work and adapt their plans with these small-but-mighty grants. Due to uncertainty about when public gatherings will safely resume, all dates for public events are subject to postponement. For more information about Spark Grants, visit www.thinkwy.org.

About Wyoming Humanities

Wyoming Humanities is the Wyoming affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is one of 55 state humanities councils. Conceived by a group of University of Wyoming leaders in 1970 and approved by the NEH in 1971, Wyoming Humanities is the oldest state humanities council. Their mission is to use the public humanities to strengthen Wyoming’s democracy, expand the Wyoming narrative, and promote engaged communities. Wyoming Humanities is an independent nonprofit funded by the NEH, a state legislative appropriation, corporate and foundation grants, and private donations. Wyoming Humanities is headquartered in Laramie with an office in Jackson’s Center for the Arts. To learn more about Wyoming Humanities, visit www.thinkwy.org.

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