A Bad Rap for the American West

By Frank Bergon

The rural West and its small towns get a bum rap. Or no rap at all. That’s what I hear from friends and relatives everywhere from Battle Mountain, Nevada, to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, to Madera, California, all places where I’ve lived.

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Our Daily Bread

By Sean C. Jones

For the past 20 years as a public school art educator, I’ve asked my students to do a “Daily Drawing” at the beginning of class. I write a prompt on the board, usually silly, to help them begin.


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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas
Norms: What are they Good For?

By Katharine Schweitzer

A culture of political debate and dissent, free and fair elections, and the peaceful transition of power are among the goals of contemporary American democracy. Contested elections and revolutionary fervor in other countries serve as a reminder that democratic self-governance is a challenging collective project.

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Maren Rush
I BLAME SHAUN

By Ismael Santillanes
For the first five years in prison, nothing more closely describes my life as this: I existed. Nothing more. Then I met Gary, incarcerated by then for many years. One day, out for a walk around the prison yard, he pointed out someone whose eyes were lifeless.

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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas
Happy Holidays!

By the Staff of Nevada Humanities

We wish you a joyous holiday season and look forward to sharing with you all the humanities have to offer from Reno to Las Vegas and every place in between.

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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas
Where Are You From?

By Daria Peoples-Riley

Because people come to live in Las Vegas from all over the world, before the exchange of names or even general references to the scorching weather, we often ask, “Where are you from?”

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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas