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Humanities at GBC

While the HC@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.


The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu book cover graphic.By Tom Lin
May 26, 2022 5:30 - 7 pm
Facilitated by GBC’s Dr. John Rice

About the Book

Orphaned young, Ming Tsu, the son of Chinese immigrants, is raised by the notorious leader of a California crime syndicate, who trains him to be his deadly enforcer. But when Ming falls in love with Ada, the daughter of a powerful railroad magnate, and the two elope, he seizes the opportunity to escape to a different life. Soon after, in a violent raid, the tycoon’s henchmen kidnap Ada and conscript Ming into service for the Central Pacific Railroad.

Battered, heartbroken, and yet defiant, Ming partners with a blind clairvoyant known only as the prophet. Together the two set out to rescue his wife and to exact revenge on the men who destroyed Ming, aided by a troupe of magic-show performers, some with supernatural powers, whom they meet on the journey. Ming blazes his way across the West, settling old scores with a single-minded devotion that culminates in an explosive and unexpected finale.

Author virtual visit graphic.About the Author

Tom Lin was born in China and immigrated to the United States when he was four. A graduate of Pomona College, he is currently in the PhD program at the University of California, Davis. The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu is his first novel.

WHAT: Online Book Discussion
WHEN: 5:30 - 7:00 pm PT
WHO: All Are Welcome!

Virtual Author Visit with Tom Lin!

Join the Humanities Center at GBC on Thursday, May 26 from 5:30 until 7 PM PT for a discussion of our May title: The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu with the author! Facilitated by GBC’s Dr. John Rice.

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Celebrate the arts with Great Basin College!

Join us on May 11 between 4 PM and 6 PM on the Elko Campus at the Leonard Center for Student Life.


  • The Argentum publishing party
  • NTI-Traveling Exhibition Transformers: Reshaping Form and Meaning,
  • GBC Ceramics Sale
  • The Humanities Center @GBC Postcard Making session.

WHAT: Celebration of the Arts
WHEN: 4:00 - 6: 00 pm PT
WHERE: Leonard Center for Student Life, Elko Campus.
WHO: All Are Welcome!

Current Events

Featured Exhibit in the GBC Art Gallery, Transformers: Reshaping Form and Meaning

Transformers graphic.What: Transformers: Reshaping Form and Meaning

When: April 25, 2022 - June 22, 2022

Where: Great Basin College Gallery, Leonard Center for Student Life (LCSL), 1500 College Parkway, Elko, Nevada

Art Reception: May 11, 2022 4:00 - 6:00 PM

The artists in Transformers: Reshaping Form and Meaning demonstrate resourcefulness in their selection and manipulation of materials to illustrate their ideas. They stockpile readily-available items such as art store and hardware supplies, fabrics, repurposed objects from thrift stores, and even natural wool fleeces shorn from Nevada flocks. The multitude of ways in which these artists transform everyday objects is the focus of this exhibition.

Exhibit details.

Recent Events

Love, Land, and Language: Readings and Conversation with Natalie Diaz, Moderated by Gailmarie Pahmeier

Natalie Diaz and Nevada's Poet Laureate Gailmarie Pahmeier graphic.Join us for an evening of poetry and conversation between Pulitzer prize-winning poet Natalie Diaz and Nevada's Poet Laureate Gailmarie Pahmeier.

Attend in person with Gailmarie Pahmeier at Great Basin College in Elko; join in at watch parties happening Ely, Winnemucca, Pahrump, and Henderson; or tune in online from wherever you call home. Registration is required.

Register Now

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
6:00 - 7:00 PM
In person and Online

Great Basin College-Elko
1500 College Parkway
Elko NV 89801
(775) 327-2146

Gailmarie will be moderating in-person in Elko at the High Tech Center at Great Basin College, room HTC 120. The High Tech Center is on the corner of Elm Street and Burns Road. A map of the Elko campus and HTC can be found here.

2115 Bobcat Dr.
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3589

GBC Pahrump
551 East Calvada Blvd.
Pahrump, NV 89048
(775) 727-2000

GBC Winnemucca
5490 Kluncy Canyon Road.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
(775) 623-4824

If you have additional questions regarding locations, please contact Gail Rappa at

Natalie Diaz is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press, and her second book, Postcolonial Love Poem, was published by Graywolf Press in March 2020 for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2021. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, a United States Artists Ford Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. Diaz is Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

A 2016 inductee in the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, Gailmarie Pahmeier has published three full-length works of poetry, The Rural Lives of Nice Girls, The House on Breakaheart Road, and Of Bone, Of Ash, Of Ordinary Saints: A Nevada Gospel, as well as three chapbooks — short collections of poems with a unifying theme. Her work has been included in literary journals Booth, Spillway and Descant, among others. She served as Reno Poet Laureate in 2015. Pahmeier is Emeritus Faculty at the University Nevada, Reno, where she received the University Distinguished Teacher Award in 1995 and the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award in 1994, among other distinctions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Southern Illinois University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Arkansas. Pahmeier is currently the Nevada Poet Laureate.

Additional Events:

An Evening of Poetry with Gailmarie Pahmeier and Justin Evans

April 26, 6 pm PDT, Live in Elko and Online

On Tuesday, April 26, 20 22, at 6 pm PDT, at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Gailmarie Pahmeier will be joined by Nevada Arts Council Literary Fellow Justin Evans where they will each share their work in a free poetry reading in a hybrid in-person/online event. An Evening of Poetry with Gailmarie Pahmeier and Justin Evans is a free event and can be attended either in person or online.

The HC@gbc Book Club: Postcolonial Love Poem

April 28, 5:30 pm PDT, Online

All events are free and open to the public.

Postcolonial Love Poem to be Discussed in April by the HC@gbc Book Club

Postcolonial Love Poem book cover graphic.By Natalie Diaz
April 28, 2022 5:30 - 7 pm

About the Book

Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages—bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers—be touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness: “Let me call my anxiety, desire, then. / Let me call it, a garden.” In this new lyrical landscape, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black, and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dune fields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality.

Natalie Diaz graphic.About the Author

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe.

Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. She is 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship.

Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.

WHAT: Online Book Discussion
WHEN: 5:30 - 7pm PDT
WHO: All Are Welcome!

Nevada P.S. I Love You: Postcard Making Party

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2022 AT 4 PM – 6 PM

Join SGA and HC@gbc in the Leonard Center Lobby on the GBC Elko Campus to make postcards inspired by the Nevada P.S. I Love You Postcard Exhibit.

Snacks and art supplies provided and prizes will be awarded!

For more information contact:

This event is made possible by Nevada Humanities, Humanities Center at GBC, GBC-SGA, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Center for the Book, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

See the complete Nevada P.S. I Love You Postcard Exhibit HERE!

Building a More Perfect Union: A Conversation with Danielle Allen

If you missed this event you can watch it in its entirety HERE!

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Ms. Danielle Allen graphic.Wednesday, February 23, 2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join Nevada Humanities and the HC@gbc for an important conversation with Harvard University-based political theorist and visionary Danielle Allen.

Allen will be in conversation with Debra Moddelmog, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the conversation will be followed by audience Q+A. Event is free but registration is required.

Register Here.


Living Room Travel Guide

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Photo Credit: Juliane Liebermann

The Living Room Travel Guide is back! We asked our English faculty at GBC to share recommendations for books, films, music, etc. to enjoy during Spring Break. Find out what suggestions Dr. Sam Lackey, Dr. Evi Buell and Dr. Nick Cooley shared with us.

Dr. Sam Lackey
English Professor at GBC,
Winnemucca Campus

TITLE: Under the Net
AUTHOR: Iris Murdoch
WHY: This 1954 novel from celebrated Irish-British author Iris Murdoch is both a sly comedy and a fascinating look at 50s London. It centers around Jake Donaghue, a hack writer and layabout who, along with his half-friend, half-servant Finn, gets caught up in several misadventures involving a movie-star dog, a famous actress, a philosopher he once knew, and a former flame. Murdoch (1919-1999) was a well-known philosopher & professor who also wrote 26 novels, with this one being her first. It's funny, poignant, and conveys a great sense of place.

TITLE: The American Friend
WHY: This 1977 film from German director Wim Wenders is a crime drama stepped in the traditions of American film noir starring Bruno Ganz and notorious oddball Dennis Hopper. Ganz plays a picture framer dying of a terminal illness who gets mixed up with Hooper's shady American art dealer and a criminal plot involving a French gangster. The film is loosely based on Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game and set in gritty postwar Hamburg. It's a bit more leisurely paced than a lot of contemporary crime thrillers & the plot can be hard to follow at times, but it features several great performances, and once it picks up steam, it delivers a big punch.

Dr. Nick Cooley
English Professor at GBC
Elko Campus

TITLE: Tent Life in Siberia (1870)
AUTHOR: George Kennan
WHY: Well, since the theme is travel, I thought I would go with some travel literature not unlike the travel writing of authors such as Mark Twain, Washington Irving, or Francis Parkman. Expect some of the same broad humor, grousing, and amateur ethnography. (Kennan spent much of his time in Russia with the various indigenous groups of eastern Russia.)

George Kennan was part of a group that left San Francisco for Russia in 1865 to explore a possible route for an overland telegraph line that would compete with or provide an alternative to the transatlantic line from the US to England. For the better part of two years, they lived, worked, and traveled in unimaginable conditions. You'll never think of cold the same way again.

Considering the war in Ukraine, it also seems like a good time to think about Russia's place in the world historically.

Dr. Evi Buell
English Professor at GBC
Elko Campus

TITLE: Zorrie
AUTHOR: Laird Hunt
WHY?: Concise in a perfectly Midwestern way, we follow the life of Zorrie as she survives the Depression, the War, and the life that follows in rural Indiana. Unflinching and entirely relatable.

TITLE: What is Otherwise Infinite
AUTHOR: Bianca Stone
FORMAT: Poetry
WHY?: Just read it. Immerse yourself in it. This takes The Mobius Strip Club of Grief and turns it up to 11.

TITLE: And Those Who Were Seen Dancing
ARTIST: Tess Parks
FORMAT: LP (releases 2.April.2022)
WHY?: If the first few tracks released are anything to go by, this will be my album of the year.

TITLE: Slim Confessions
AUTHOR: Sarah Minor
WHY?: In some ways I'm at a loss to explain this book. Not for the faint of heart and not endearing, it is certainly an experience.

TITLE: The Employees
AUTHOR: Olga Ravn
WHY?: I haven't finished this one yet, but this was shortlisted for the International Booker and is inventive, wondrous, and playful all at the same time. Think Erika Swyler meets Julie Schumacher.

Dream Baby by Gold & Youth, LP
This album snuck in under the radar at the end of 2021 and is an absolute banger. Track after track of goodness, make sure to check out the video for Maudlin. 90s Night and Empire State of Mind bring some wit to the lyricism, while Blush is just musical heaven.

GBC Arts & Humanities Instructors in Humanities Heart to Heart

Humanities Heart to Heart, presented by Nevada Humanities, is a series of essays and multimedia presentations that highlight diverse, personal perspectives from all corners of Nevada, reflecting on life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read all the entries here.

Josh Webster
We Are Legend

Sam Lackey
Small Moves

Gail Rappa
Creative Contact: Shelter in Place Project

Kristen Frantzen Orr
Progress and the Paradox of Time

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with significant support from the
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“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' ♥