In celebration of the different parts that make up the humanities in the nation and the islands, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres proclaimed the month of October as CNMI Humanities Month at the Santa Lourdes Shrine last Friday.
Torres was joined by Northern Marianas Humanities Council executive director Leo Pangelinan, members of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, Sinot Manny F. Borja, master navigator Cecilio Raiukiulipiy, and members of the community for the proclamation signing.
With a theme of “Embracing Our Deep Connections” the month will not only highlight, but will also celebrate humanities involving studying, analyzing, interpreting, and documenting the course of history and culture in the Marianas; especially through the memories and stories of the islands’ elders.
The proclamation also recognized the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, a private, non-profit corporation. The council has served the community since 1991 strengthening humanities in the Marianas through community outreach, education, and financial assistance awarded through its grant programs. The proclamation also stated that the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and the CNMI Office of the Governor will partner through the 2022 Governor’s Humanities Awards, to recognize outstanding individual contributions in the humanities, as well as contributions made by donors and partners that have since sustained and strengthened humanities programming.
“The humanities allow us to delve into the concept of the human experience and teach us how to be critical thinkers and more informed citizens,” Torres stated in the proclamation
Torres encouraged all CNMI residents to celebrate, participate in, and promote the humanities in their own respective communities, and villages especially with all the CNMI’s diverse communities. He concluded by saying “Let us continue to support our Northern Marianas Humanities Council as a catalyst for discussions about who we are as a people.”
The label humanities includes, but is not limited to, the study of language; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment.