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October is Humanities Month


The Northern Marianas Humanities Council held its first virtual proclamation last Oct. 5, with Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios declaring October as CNMI Humanities Month. Council members were also in attendance to witness the proclamation.

“We’re here today to celebrate the importance of the humanities throughout our islands. By definition…the humanities include a wide range of disciplines, including history, religion, literature, philosophy, jurisprudence, and art,” said vice chair Isa Arriola.

“As we sign this proclamation today, let’s be reminded of our CNMI people’s deep and rich histories, our presence and our futures, that continue to inform the ways that we know and share with the world,” said Arriola.

Leo Pangelinan, Humanities Council director, read the English version of the proclamation, while board member Carol Peter Hosono read the Carolinian version. Colin Jay Cruz, who is the board member for Rota, read the Chamorro version.

According to Pangelinan, the major goal at the Humanities Council is to preserve and promote the indigenous cultures and languages within the CNMI.

“I want to thank the Humanities Council, for continuing its effort to make sure that we continue to live our lives, look at our history, and look at who we are as a people in the community, and how we have advanced, and how some of those tenets of our society continue to be relevant to us and continues to guide us,” said Palacios.

The Humanities Council has set up Friday interviews for what it calls Humanities Fridays with different panelists who will discuss history, projects, culture, and other current events throughout the month of October.

These guests include Sophia Perez, Soroptimists of the NMI (Maureen Sebangiol, Marilynn Marron, and Pam Brown), Hanna Jugo, Fu’una Sanz, Thomas Mangloña, Vana Quichocho, Joey P. San Nicholas and Kimberly King-Hinds, and Kayle Tydingco.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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