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Two men working together to clean out an acequia also known as an irrigation canal used to water crops.

Starting Conversations is a digital humanities program that began in the Spring of 2020. As a response to the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the global pandemic, this program was a means to extend our reach and continue engaging with the public in the realm of the humanities. Recognizing the power of dialogue and the importance of intellectual exchange, Starting Conversations sought to bridge the gap caused by social isolation through live, virtual discussion sessions.

As the program unfolded, Starting Conversations gained momentum: week after week, a diverse panel of speakers was assembled, providing a rich tapestry of perspectives and insights. These virtual gatherings ignited conversations on a wide range of topics, transcending the barriers of physical distance and fostering connections within a community of learners. It was a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the human spirit, as well as the boundless potential of technology to bring people together.

In time, Starting Conversations grew beyond its original intent, evolving into a comprehensive repository of knowledge. The program now boasts a vast library of videos that showcase the multifaceted nature of the humanities. From thought-provoking discussions on media literacy to explorations of the intricate relationship between food and culture, to deep dives into history to contemplations on the intersection of human society and the environment, Starting Conversations covers a broad spectrum of subjects.

Above all, the purpose of this series is to inspire and stimulate the minds of our audience. It serves as a catalyst for new ideas and fresh perspectives, urging viewers to explore the limitless possibilities within the realm of the humanities. By showcasing the inherent relevance and interconnectedness of various disciplines, Starting Conversations encourages individuals to reflect, engage and contribute to the ongoing conversations that shape our understanding of the world.

In an era defined by rapid change and uncertainty, Starting Conversations remains a beacon of intellectual curiosity and human connection. It is a testament to the enduring power of ideas and the profound impact that conversation can have on individuals and society as a whole.

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