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About the Humanities@ GBC


The Humanities Center at Great Basin College seeks to collect, curate, and cultivate the humanities for rural Nevada.

In August 2013, Great Basin College (GBC) was awarded a $500,000 Challenge Grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), one of the few colleges of its size to win such an award. The Grant provides the foundation of the Humanities Center at Great Basin College (HC@gbc) and its mission.

At the heart of the HC@gbc are the core skills and habits of mind which the humanities encourage and promote: critical and creative thinking, communication, technological understanding, and personal and cultural awareness.


Through the humanities, we seek greater cultural and historical understanding to demystify human difference, celebrate diversity, and build an engaged citizenry to enhance the well-being of rural Nevada.

By leveraging GBC’s distance education experience and technology, the HC@gbc is providing humanities programming throughout our service area. Partnering with the Great Basin Indian Archives, the University of Utah's Shoshoni Language Project, and Barrick Gold of North America, we are compiling a searchable public database of Western Shoshone oral histories.


The HC@gbc uses an endowment-financing model for sustainable funding.

In addition to the National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the HC@gbc has reached out to corporate and community partners to initiate an endowment fund for stable, long-term financing of operations.

As well as maintaining the technology infrastructure, archives, and a coordinator position, the endowment will support future humanities events and faculty- and student-generated content development.

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with significant support from...National Endowment for the Humantities logo graphic.

“To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail.” -Abraham Maslow

…a digital humanities center developed by great basin college because 'humanities matter' ♥