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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.


The Humanities Center at Great Basin College Presents:

Book Spine Poetry Challenge

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we invite you to post a poem-a-day for the month of April. Poems can range from the silly to the profound (but not profane please, this is a kid-friendly event).

Three easy steps to play:

  1. Collect books from around your house.
  2. Stack up books, spines out, to create a free verse poem from titles.
  3. Take a picture of your poem, type the poem out in the text box, and post on Facebook or email to us and we will post it for you
Examples of Book Spine Poetry

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The Story of a New Name

Beautiful Angiola
The Alchemist
Remembering me,
The shell collector.
Holy personal
Night visions.
The secret

(submitted by Gail Rappa)

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The Starless Sea,
The Pale King,

The Magical Language of Others,
The Book of the Cosmos,

The Spell of the Sensuous,

The Age of Miracles
The Sense of an Ending:

Beautiful Ruins.

(submitted by Evi Buel)

Book Spine Poetry from the Internet

The English Patient
On the Beach
I Should have Stayed Home
She Said
She Was
In Quarantine
In the Dark
House of Splendid Isolation
Hope Springs Eternal
With a Little Bit of Luck
Common Sense
Personal hygiene
The Corona Book of Horrow Stories
Must End Soon
Always Remember
Clean Hands Save Lives
When in Doubt

(from the Internet)

To see all submitted Book Spine Poems or to post your own to our wall, please visit our Facebook page at Don't have Facebook? Submit your own Book Spine Poem by e-mailing your submission to the Humanities Center @ GBC at

Nevada Poetry Out Loud

Elko High School Senior to Represent County at State Finals

Elko High School senior Soledad “Chilz” Negrete will compete at the 15th annual Nevada Poetry Out Loud state finals March 14 at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno. On Feb. 6, Negrete, along with EHS students Ava Nielsen and Kinyon Moore, were among the top three district finalists, with Negrete taking first place. View a video clip of her performance here. See a video clip of the announcement of the top 3 performances here.

For the first time in its history, the event will be live-streamed on YouTube at:

For more information see:

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.

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