We celebrate thinking. We encourage inquiry. We live for surprising discoveries. We exist to join together those who hunger for knowledge and create a sense of belonging among those who desire to learn. And now our name reflects that bond. We are more than an organization—we are an alliance of thinkers. We are AHA.Learn More
Calling all thinkers, learners and aspirers. We challenge you to be more curious, confront your assumptions, dare to investigate, and never stop asking “Why?” Come with us on a quest to learn, every day. Join the alliance.
AHA gives all Alabamians opportunities to explore the humanities through funded public programs such as seminars, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, documentary films and more.Learn More
AHA is the primary source of grants for public humanities programs, and we collaborate with other organizations to advance the humanities in both the academic and public arenas.Apply Now
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You know that feeling when everything just clicks? When suddenly something becomes clear in a way it wasn’t before? When you know? That’s an AHA moment. That’s what we’re here to inspire—AHA moments in your everyday life.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery for refusing to give up her seat on the bus for a white passenger, helping to spark the year-long Montgomery bus boycott to advocate for desegregation of public transportation.
On May 1, 1961, Monroeville native Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for her first novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. The book, set in 1930s Alabama, became an international bestseller and was later made into a major motion picture starring Gregory Peck.
Athens State University—then known as Athens Female Academy—became the first university in Alabama when it was established on December 9, 1822. Today, the university has more than 50 degree programs for its 3,000+ students to pursue.
Florence native W.C. Handy was known as the Father of the Blues. His unique approach to composing encompassed what the humanities are about. He was educated in music and taught it to others, and he drew inspiration from other music styles, including folk and honky-tonk piano, to create a style all his own.