Humanities MT Walk & Talk: Into the Wild w/ Muir & Pinchot

This Humanities Montana Conversations program explores the lives of John Muir and Gifford Pinchot and the questions their contrasting philosophies raise about “the wild” and our place in it. Co-lead by Humanities Montana scholars, John Clayton and Marisa Diaz-Waian, and hosted by North Valley Public Library,  the walk and talk will take place at Bitterroot River Park, 100 Stevensville Cutoff Rd, Stevensville, MT 59870. Learn more here!

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Merlin Receives $3,500 Grant from Humanities Montana for their 2020 “Thinking as a Community” Project

Our “Thinking as a Community” public philosophy project stems from our belief in the importance of staying connected as a people, the richness and power of thinking together, the value of philosophy and philosophically driven dialogue across disciplines, the importance of cultivating of our personal and civic selves, and the vital role the humanities plays in this process. Our project will offer opportunities for communities to think together (on-line/digitally and in-person) via philosophy workshops and philosophy “walk”shops over the course of 2020 into 2021.  We are tremendously grateful to Humanities MT and the National Endowment for the Humanities for their support of our project and for all of the amazing work they are doing in Montana! 

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Merlin Receives $5,000 CARES Grant from Humanities Montana

Understanding ourselves and the world we live in is critical to our well-being – as individuals and communities.  The questions (and answers) that arise from this sort of seeking — why we do the things we do, how we make meaning of our experiences in the world, what things we ought to strive for and how to best go navigate life – fall largely within the domain of the humanities.  It is for these reasons alone (though certainly many more arguments in favor of the humanities can be made), that funding for the humanities is imperative.  We are deeply grateful for organizations like Humanities MT and for their efforts to help keep the humanities alive and thriving in Montana.

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Merlin Philosophy Programs Selected by Humanities Montana for 2019-2020

We are pumped to have been asked & selected by Humanities Montana to create two programs about philosophy — both of which speak to the relevance and import of philosophical thinking in our everyday lives.

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“Big Ideas by Little Philosophers” (BiLP) — Spring 2019

We had an amazing time with our young philosophers during the first phase of our “Big Ideas by Little Philosopher’s” (BiLP) program at Cottonwood ALC. Check out what sorts of things we explored, photos & our fun video with HCTV!

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Merlin Receives $1,000 Grant from Humanities Montana for their 2019 “Big Ideas by Little Philosophers” (BiLP) Program

Woo-Hoo!  We are excited to announce that our organization has been awarded a $1,000 grant for our 2019 “Big Ideas by Little Philosophers” (BiLP) program from Humanities Montana.  Our BiLP program is a dynamic, philosophy-inspired television-classroom series designed to help youth share their big ideas with the world.  A collaborative venture with Helena Civic Television and Cottonwood School, the program combines classroom and one-on-one mentorship, pedagogy, philosophy, and theater. Learn more about the program and Humanities Montana here!

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Merlin Philosophy Program Selected by Humanities Montana for 2019 “Montana Conversations”

We are thrilled to announce that our program, “Philosophy:  What Is It Good For?”, has been selected as a Montana Conversations program by Humanities Montana for 2019. 

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Merlin Philosophy Symposium in the Helena Independent Record

We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to be interviewed by the Helena Independent Record about our 3-part philosophy symposium series on the environment, ethics & stewardship, the first of which will take place on Sept. 20th 2018 and will focus on philosophical issues and perspectives related to public vs. private lands & rights and responsibilities.

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