ALA receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/15/2021


Hannah Arata

Communications Associate

Public Programs Office

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has been granted $249,999 by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom to implement the Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage humanities discussion project.

The project corresponds to NEH’s “A More Perfect Union” special initiative to demonstrate the critical role the humanities have played in the United States.

The Let’s Talk About It model was first launched by ALA on a national level in 1982 with funding from NEH. To date, ALA has developed LTAI programs on a total of 42 themes that have been implemented in thousands of libraries across the country, reaching more than 4 million people.

Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage will provide opportunities for communities to deepen their knowledge of American history and culture by examining events and individuals who impacted the women’s suffrage movement. This project will also work to advance the civic education and knowledge of a key moment in the history of voting rights through facilitated discussion focused on a series of books and questions curated by project scholars.

Up to 25 libraries will be awarded a set of books and a programming stipend to implement LTAI: Women’s Suffrage programs in their communities.

Additional information and application guidelines for the Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage will be released in September 2021.

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About the National Endowment for the Humanities

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