To fulfill its mission, the Northern Marianas Humanities Council administers a series of annual programs as well as other one time programs and activities. The Council's overall goal is to offer a variety of high quality humanities programming to as wide an audience as possible.
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JR. HIGH MOCK TRIAL
A noncompetitive annual event wherein the CNMI Middle School students are divided into defense and prosecution teams, with both attorneys and witnesses to deliberate a fictitious case. Since it is noncompetitive, exceptional performances get certificates of recognition.
An annual competition between middle school students who recite poems from Valentine Sengebau’s “Mirco Child” collection and between high school students who compose original poems and recite them. The school’s win a perpetual trophy and the top three are awarded cash prizes.
An annual event wherein the community and Council nominate members of the community in six categories: Research and Publication in the Humanities; Preservation of Traditional Cultural Practices;
Preservation of CNMI History; Outstanding Humanities Teacher in the classroom, Outstanding Humanities Teacher in a non-classroom setting and the Lifetime Achievement award. The awardees are given plaques at the ceremony along with former Board members.
A half hour (11:30-12:00) radio show that airs every Sunday on Power 99, in which the hostCathy Perry interviews a guest(s) on a humanities topic.
A National program that began in North Carolina in 1987, that improves and builds parents and children’s literacy skills, and is now adopted in many states and in the CNMI. Adult Classes are taught by trained instructors in the program that follows a curriculum that increases literacy skills in parents. Classes for children are provided for those parents who do not have child care during the program. The children are read to and read during the parent’s sessions which is called Story Exploring.
A biennial event that takes place over the course of two days wherein professionals and the public can share their knowledge on a specific topic in the humanities. The conference is co-hosted by the CNMI and Guam.
For Humanities Month, the Council hosted a series of webinars across a wide variety of topic relevant to indigenous Marianas culture.
The Council embarked on an exploration of equality and civics with special guests and host Catherine Perry
Veterans Speaker Series
REFALUWASCH AND CHAMORRO CHILDREN'S SONGS OF SAIPAN
This Community Webinar Series presentation by Melanie Hangca was be followed by a 45-minute discussion of local music and cultural identity featuring a panel of celebrated Marianas musicians: JJ Concepcion, Gus Kaipat, and Microchild's Shannon McManus, along with her mother, Andresina McManus.
Melanie Hangca has been teaching choral, instrumental and general music for almost two decades, and has worked in public schools on both the East Coast and West Coast of the US. She shared her childhood cultural and musical experiences on Saipan as a “Chamolinerican,” and her adolescent influences that shaped her cultural identity. The panel shared their own experiences and influences in turn.