WHEREAS, the humanities includes, but is not limited to, the study of language; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history; and
WHEREAS, the humanities embody much of the accumulated wisdom, intellect, and imagination of humankind; and
WHEREAS, the humanities enhance and enrich the lives of all people of the Marianas; and
WHEREAS, the humanities help us to better understand our history, cultures, languages, political institutions, and social values; and
WHEREAS, the humanities allow us to examine our past and present experiences in light of values and beliefs that we have traditionally relied upon for guidance and direction; and
WHEREAS, the humanities preserve a wealth of knowledge that assists us in understanding an increasingly complex world in which we live; and
WHEREAS, this year’s theme, “Embracing Our Deep Connections,” is a call for a celebration of the humanities that involves studying, analyzing, interpreting, and documenting the course of our history and culture in the Marianas, especially through the memories and stories of our elders; and
WHEREAS, the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, a private, non-profit corporation established in 1991, has strengthened the humanities in the Marianas through community dialogue, educational programs, research, publications, and financial assistance awarded through its grant programs; and
WHEREAS, the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and the CNMI Office of the Governor, through the 2022 Governor’s Humanities Awards, will jointly recognize outstanding individual contributions in the humanities, as well as the contributions made by donors and partners that have sustained and strengthened humanities programming over the past 31 years;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RALPH DLG. TORRES, Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the Commonwealth, do hereby proclaim October 2022 as
CNMI HUMANITIES MONTH
I call upon the people of the Marianas to celebrate and promote the humanities and encourage greater participation among our diverse communities in taking action for the humanities in their respective islands and villages. The humanities allow us to delve into the concept of the human experience and teach us how to be critical thinkers and more informed citizens. Let us continue to support our Northern Marianas Humanities Council as a catalyst for discussions about who we are as a people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand on this 30th day of September 2022.
RALPH DLG. TORRES