This is the 28th chapter of the 32-part video series “The Montana Ethic Project.” This chapter features Jamie Doggett, a former chair of the Montana Committee for the Humanities, speaking on “The Role of the Humanities in Functional Communities.” You can watch the whole video below. Here is an edited transcript of how it begins:
“Hi, I’m Jamie Doggett and I live about 20 miles west of White Sulphur Springs in Paradise, Montana. I want to talk with you today about something that I have a passion for. A long time ago I had the opportunity to participate in the Montana Committee for the Humanities, now called Humanities Montana.
“The humanities changed my life.”
Here is another, edited excerpt from Doggett’s presentation:
“I’m just an ordinary Montana ranch hand. And I’ve had these wonderful opportunities. The wonderful opportunity is when you have a different perspective and you hear different people’s stories. There are so many stories across Montana. Some people showed up last summer at my ranch, they had a picture of the mountains behind my house. They wanted to know if they could take that picture that had a wagon, a woman, and three little kids, and find the exact location by holding it up to the skyline and possibly locate where their family’s homestead was.
“So we stomped around out there in the rocks and the dirt and we finally found this spot. And growing there, in the rocks, in a dry old field, were a bunch of irises that had been planted probably 80 years ago. One of the ladies took a couple of those irises and she is taking them home with her to Missouri where the family originally came from.
“That’s a story. And that’s what the Humanities do. It tells those stories.”
PERC—the Property & Environment Research Center—is a proud sponsor of the Montana Ethic Project. To learn how PERC’s ideas can help us honor one another’s rights to land, water, and wildlife,visit perc.org.
First week: Project introduction.
Third week: Mike Gear on “The Value of Athletics.”
Fourth week: Franke Wilmer on “Gender Equity.”
Fifth week: Gordon Brittan on “The Founding Fathers.”
Eighth week: Chuck Tooley on “The Montana Character.”
Ninth week: Steve Bullock on “Citizens United v. Montana.”
11th week: Bob Rowe on Technological Development.”
13th week: Bruce Smith on “Montana’s Food Economy.”
21st week: Pat Barkey on “The Montana Wage Disparity.”
23rd week: Larry Simkins on “The Culture of Safety.”
24th week: James Shanley on “Education Reform.”
25th week: Greg Gianforte on “High Tech in Montana.”
27th week: Timothy James Lecain on “An Ethical Nature?”
28th week: Steve Running on “Montana Climate Change.”
Next week: Bob Quinn on “Is it Time for GM Wheat?”