Welcome to the North Carolina Humanities Council

Since 1972 the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has made the humanities a comerstone of public life. Take a look at what the Humanities Council offers your community, use the calendar to locate an event, consider applying for a grant, or contact the staff to find out where and how the Council is at work across the state.

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The postmark deadline for submissions is July 15, 2014. There is no entry fee.

The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given annually by the Humanities Council for previously unpublished writing that portrays North Carolina, its people, and cultures. While authors do not have to be North Carolinians, entries are expected to draw on North Carolina connections and/or memories.

Poplar Grove, the historic plantation in Wilmington, NC, is announcing its inaugural exhibit and lecture series for 2014! Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, Poplar Grove Foundation will install a new, permanent exhibit on African American history.

Over the past forty-two years, the North Carolina Humanities Council's large-grant program has provided more than $9 million state-wide to support programming that explores the literature, history and cultures of North Carolina. This year, the Council is launching an initiative to re-imagine the grant-making process.

Steve Lautermilch of Kill Devil Hills, NC has been awarded the 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award for his collection of poems "Where Waters Meet." Also, the Council awarded the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to Road Scholar Kevin Duffus for his extensive work exploring NC's maritime history. Both awards were presented at the 2013 Caldwell Award ceremony in Charlotte on October 10.

Join the Office of the President and the English Department at Duke University  for a poetry reading to celebrate the life and work of Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney (1939-2013).The reading will be held from 4:30  to 5:30 p.m. on October 1 in  the Goodson Chapel in the Westbook Building on Duke's East Campus.
Readers will include President Richard H.

Paula Watkins has joined the North Carolina Humanities Council as executive director. Prior to being at the North Carolina Humanities Council, she served as Assistant Director and South Carolina Book Festival Director at The Humanities Council SC.

“Paula is a creative and inspirational communicator, and someone who understands the culture of the humanities and our mission in the life our state," says Cynthia Brodhead, chair of the trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council.