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.

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 7:00PM at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center on the campus of Wake Forest University, Edwin Graves Wilson will receive the North Carolina Humanities Council’s highest honor, the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. The award recognizes Wilson for his lifelong achievements as an advocate for the public humanities across North Carolina. The Caldwell Award ceremony is free and open to the public.

In this complicated world and in these challenging times, the arts and humanities enhance the character of our Nation.  The flash of insight that comes from watching a thought-provoking documentary or discovering a compelling novel sparks moments of joy, awe, and sorrow.  From symphonies that bring tragedy to life with long bow strokes to architecture that challenges the boundaries of the world around it, these works add texture to our lives and reveal something about ourselves.  During National Arts and Humanities Month, we reflect on the many ways the arts and humanities ha

Bookmarks brings writers and readers of all ages together as renowned authors, illustrators, and storytellers share their work and insights through readings, presentations, panel discussions, workshops and booksignings. This free festival partners with community organizations, reading related exhibitors, and a variety of food vendors.

Dr. Anne Firor Scott, a W.K. Boyd Professor of History Emerita at Duke University, and the 1994 winner of the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, which is the highest honor given by the North Carolina Humanities Council, is one of the 10 winners that will be honored with the 2013 National Humanities Medal awarded for outstanding achievements in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary, and historic preservation presented by President Barack Obama.

Dr. Peter Caulfield, professor of Language and Literature at UNC Asheville, served on the board of trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council from 1998–2004. More recently, Caulfield has served as facilitator for the Humanities Council's Literature & Medicine program at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, guiding literature discussions among VA healthcare professionals.

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.