The Northern Marianas Humanities Council has lined up a slew of activities this October as part of its celebration of CNMI Humanities Month.
Humanities Council executive director Scott Russell gave details about the lineup on Monday after Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider signed a proclamation declaring October as CNMI Humanities Month at the Governor’s Office conference room.
Russell said the Humanities Half Hour aired over 97.9 The Kat will feature the history of four villages on Saipan. Hosted by Catherine Perry every Sunday from 2pm to 2:30pm, the program will examine the histories of Garapan, Chalan Kanoa, Tanapag, and San Roque in the next four Sundays.
The Humanities Council will also host a Community Lecture Series at the American Memorial Park Visitors Center Theater on three Tuesdays starting Oct. 8.
The first installment is “Reflections on Saipan’s Transition from WWII to Today” and will be presented by Guadalupe Borja-Robinson.
Former congressman William Torres, Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council chair Ramon B. Camacho, and architect Herman B. Camacho would then tag-team in presenting “Saipan and Northern Islands Leadership Kiosku Project” on Oct. 15.
The series concludes on Oct. 22 with local historian Don Farrell’s presentation “Marianas Reunification Efforts.”
All three lectures will start at 6pm and admission is free.
“These feature presentations were made by participants from the CNMI in last August’s 2nd Marianas History Conference in Guam,” said Russell.
The council will launch on Oct. 17 a searchable DVD compilation of Ruth Tighe’s “On My Mind” columns. “It was put together by Bud White and is fully searchable. It goes back 20 years and will be given to libraries and other interested agencies,” said Russell.
On Oct. 23, the council will hold its 10th Annual Valentine N. Sengebau Poetry Competition at the AMP Visitors Center Theater beginning 6pm.
“This is open to junior high and high school students in the CNMI. This has been an ongoing program and popular for student and we’re looking for a good turnout. Kids are really good and it will be an enjoyable event,” he said.
The council’s biggest event of the year, the Governor’s Humanities Award, would then be held on Oct. 24 at a still-to-determined venue.
“We will recognize individuals with outstanding contributions to the humanities, including those who contributed in writing local history and those preserving traditional local practices,” said Russell. “We will also award a Lifetime Achievement Award in the humanities. If you know anyone who is worthy of that award, feel free to nominate them. Nomination forms are available on our website and submission deadline is on Oct. 11.”
Inos, for his part, thanked the Humanities Council for enriching and enhancing the lives of the CNMI community through its many program and activities. He said he was especially fond of novelist P.F. Kluge’s presentations about the history of the Trust Territory and the CNMI in July.
Inos, who said he wants to become a volunteer for the council, said he already looking forward to Farrell’s lecture about the failed reunification of the CNMI and Guam.