GBC Elko campus graphic.

Humanities@ GBC

While Humanities@ GBC is new, the committment of GBC's students, faculty, and staff is long-standing. Below are some of the many humanities activities being undertaken at GBC.


2020 Great Basin College Film Festival

Parasite Film Director Pleads for Secrecy, Find Out Why During the GBC Film Festival

Film Festival poster graphic.The Great Basin College Film Festival Committee promises many cinematic surprises during their 15th Annual Film Festival to be held Feb. 14-15, and Feb. 21-22. Movies are shown at the Western Folklife Center and GBC Theater beginning at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for snacks provided by culinary sponsors. The WFC bar also opens at 5:30. Ticket prices are $10 for all screenings, with a student/senior discount of $7 available only for films shown at GBC.

Film Committee Chair Russ Minter is intrigued with the festival’s feature film, Parasite, especially after journalists at the film’s premiere reported receiving hand-delivered letters from the director begging them not to write about all the twists and surprises in the movie.

“It’s fascinating to me that the director actually begged critics to not reveal any spoilers,” says Minter. “So, there has not been much written about the movie.” He notes that reviews have been stellar with the New York Film Critics naming it the “Best Film of the Year.” One film reviewer does say the story is a “whip-smart, fantastical, tragicomedy” that defies genre labels. This movie will be shown Friday, Feb. 21 at the GBC theater. The culinary sponsor that night is Double Dice.

Oscar-nominated documentary, animated and live action short films are local community favorites, and are screened at the Western Folklife Center and GBC Theater. Food will be served at intermission during these screenings. Tickets are $10 each night or $25 for a three-night package. Tickets sales begin December 15th at the Western Folklife Center Giftshop for the movie lovers on your holiday list.

For more information, check out the GBC Film Festival page, find us on Facebook, or call (775) 753-1533.

Humanities Speakers

Accepting the Gift that is the Horse

Join retired Army veteran and Executive Director of Restoration Ranch, Derek Knapp for his presentation, Accepting the Gift that is the Horse.

Restoration Ranch provides veteran families with an opportunity to learn from horses, build connections with the local community, contribute to service-oriented projects and generally enjoy a safe-haven for personal growth and fulfillment through its experiential learning programs. Learn more about the inspirational work of this non-profit agency in this free presentation at Great Basin College.

Thursday, January 30, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Great Basin College
Diekhans Center for Industrial Technology, Room 203
1050 Chilton Circle, Elko, NV

See the flyer here.

View a video recording of Derek Knapp's presentation of Accepting the Gift that is the Horse hosted by MediaSite.

A Brief History of African Americans in Nevada

For his presentation at Great Basin College, Quintard Taylor, Jr., PhD, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Washington, Seattle, plans to describe little known mid-19th Century black Nevada including especially the activities of the small African American populations in and around Virginia City in the 1860s and 1870s. His focus then shifts in the 20th century to the rise of the African American community in Las Vegas which after its founding in 1905 emerges as the population center of the state. He will describe the brief civil rights movement in Nevada in the late 1950s and early 1960s and conclude with a discussion of black Nevada in the early 21st Century. Visit the Black Past website.

Thursday, January 30, 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Great Basin College High Tech Center, Room 123
1290 Burns Road, Elko, NV

See the flyer here.

Voices of Basques of the American West

Dr. Gretchen Skivington's book launch was held at the Elko Convention Center Silver Room.

Enjoy this literary journey into the Basque American West through readings by various writers and family members, lovingly selected from new publications and old favorites. Hosted by Daniel Montero, Publications Editor, Center for Basque Studies Press, University of Nevada, Reno.

Great Basin College’s very own Dr. Gretchen Skivington performed a reading from her Elko novel, Echevarria with other UNR Press authors.

Recently, she received the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship and has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Sierra Arts Foundation. She has lived and taught in Mexico, Germany, Spain, and France. Currently, she teaches languages and humanities at GBC in Elko and is helping to establish the Great Basin Indian Archive of the Shoshone-Paiute tribes.

Cowboy Poetry Gathering poster graphic.

national cowboy poetry gathering poster

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' ♥