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Talk About Literature in Kansas

The health and safety of Kansans and their communities remains a priority for Humanities Kansas. As of May 18, 2020 no in-person events will be funded through August 2, 2020.  Speakers Bureau and Poet Laureate of Kansas presentations, as well as TALK book discussions remain available as online events. Learn more about how to host your event online below or contact Abigail Kaup, Program Officer, at abigail@humanitieskansas.org.

In-person events can tentatively be booked for the fall and will be funded as the situation allows. 

 

As of March 19, 2020, NWKLS has suspended TALK book deliveries. NWKLS continues to accept TALK reservations. For questions contact the Northwest Kansas Library System or call (785) 877-5148.

The humanities help us understand what it means to be human — to seek connections with people and place. Talk About Literature in Kansas book discussions draw on diverse forms of literature to help us see more clearly who we are as people and define ideas that will shape a future worthy of generations to come. 

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Create a TALK Discussion in Your Community

TALK book discussions are intended for out-of-school adult audiences. 

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How to Create a TALK Book Discussion in Your Community

Up to three books per series are eligible for scholar-facilitated talk discussions. You may borrow all the available books in a series and lead discussions yourself for the remaining books.

1. Review the TALK catalog and select a TALK series. In a hurry? Review this two-page list of TALK series and books.

2. Reserve the TALK series from the Northwest Kansas Library System. Contact the Northwest Kansas Library System or call (785) 877-5148. Be sure to confirm:

  • a. How many books you need.
  • b. When the books will be shipped to you.
  • c. How the books will be shipped (through the library courier system or USPS).
  • d. When the books need to be returned.

3. Wait for confirmation of your series reservation.

4. Select a discussion leader for each of the three books.

5. Contact discussion leader(s) and confirm dates, location, and time. Book discussions can now be conducted online. Contact the discussion leader to discuss setting up a presentation online. Download this guide with step-by-step instructions for setting up an online presentation.

6. Apply for funding to bring the discussion leader(s) to your community. See "TALK Instructions" for more details. (Please note: Completed applications, including the DUNS number, must be submitted 6 weeks before the event dates to be considered for funding.)  Discussions are intended for out-of-school adult audiences and must be free and open to the public. Humanities Kansas is unable to fund applications that do not meet these requirements. 

7. Publicize your event. Download press releases, discussion leader bios, and Humanities Kansas' logo poster.

8. Tell us how it went. After your final discussion, download and fill out the TALK Evaluation Forms and Cost Share Report. Please fill out one for each discussion and email it to Abigail Kaup: abigail@humanitieskansas.org.

 

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