UNITED WE STAND
The National Endowment of the Humanities, in cooperation with the White House, launched the initiative “United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture” to stem the nationwide increase of domestic extremism and hate-motivated violence. The NEH’s response to the “United We Stand” initiative provides funding to its partners across the country to create humanities programs that encourage civil discussion, promote civic engagement, inspire compassion, and create cross-cultural understanding.
To address the “United We Stand” initiative, NMHC has created a “special edition” catalog of speakers separate from our regular Speakers Bureau. The goal of this special catalog is to provide New Mexico communities–especially rural and underserved communities–with the opportunity to learn about the components of hate-motivated violence and the importance of cross-cultural understanding. Program topics include first hand stories of living in New Mexico’s Japanese internment camps, how comic books reflect and challenge American culture, poetry’s influence on the Civil War, an in depth look at Blackdom (New Mexico’s only incorporated all-Black town), and even a frank and balanced discussion on gun violence and legislation. By booking or attending these talks, New Mexico residents can learn and grow together.
To find the United We Stand Speakers go to the Speakers Bureau Catalog, click "Browse Programs", and select "United We Stand" under the series filter.
NMHC is also partnering with the Children’s Hour! The Children’s Hour is an internationally syndicated kids’ radio show and podcast that takes complex topics and makes them approachable for audiences of all ages.
The Children’s Hour will produce four podcast episodes that will teach critical thinking and media literacy skills, explore the diversity of language and communication in the U.S., and discuss the importance of building community.
The episodes will broadcast in 2024, so stay tuned to their podcast page! To learn more about the Children’s Hour, please visit their website: www.childrenshour.org.
Join your friends, family, neighbors, and other community members on this learning journey! Stand united against hate.
Children's Hour United We Stand episodes:
Episode 1: Speaking The Truth: Misinformation and Media Literacy Students, listeners and children will practice implementing critical thinking skills to identify perspectives, motivations, and biases from a variety of different media sources. Students will analyze how false information can affect society and threaten civil rights and democracy.
Episode 2: Mother Tongue: Diversity of Spoken Languages in the United States
Students, listeners and children will analyze reasons and effects of discrimination towards people who speak other languages besides English, examine reasons for language loss, and create solutions for building a positive multilingual society in which everyone is accepted. Students will develop appreciation and empathy by connecting with the stories, experiences, and perspectives of diverse language speakers.
Episode 3: Other Voices, Other Sounds: Diversity of Communication in the United States
Students, listeners and children will work to understand and combat social exclusion and discrimination of people who experience linguistic/verbal or hearing impairments, and/or who are on the autism spectrum. Children will learn how to express the language of kindness, inclusion and belonging to people of these groups and build bridges of understanding.
Episode 4: Together We Can Topic: Community Building Objective Students, listeners and children will learn strategies and methods of building community through team building exercises, and be given a chance to apply what they learn within their own family/class/school/local community in order to combat bullying and hate, build unity, and inspire others. This episode will explore traditional games kids play and have played for thousands of years that require teamwork and cooperation, including hand games of African American peoples, games of Indigenous Americans like the Mayan game pok-a-tok, and Incan chasquis, and games imported to the US the over generations of immigration from around the world.