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Anna Deavere Smith to deliver 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

Anna Deavere Smith, an actress, playwright, professor, and 2012 National Humanities Medal winner, will deliver the 2015 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities(NEH), the lecture is among the highest honors the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, also exemplifies the values in the agency’s founding 1965 legislation, which noted that the “humanities belong to all the people of the United States.”

NC Humanities Council Invites Proposals Examining the Experience of War

The humanities can play a vital role in helping us to understand the human experience and to consider our obligations to one another.  The question of what we owe each other becomes particularly urgent when men and women serve in wartime.  For nearly the first time in a generation—since the War in Vietnam—Americans have lived with the ongoing consequences of war.  Since 2001 over two million American men and women have been deployed in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Like their predecessors, many recent military veterans have risked everything in serving their co

NEH teams with Warrior-Scholar Project to Expand Academic “Boot Camp” for Veterans Attending College

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman William “Bro” Adams and Yale President Peter Salovey announced Tuesday that a new partnership between NEH and the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) will expand the reach of programs that help veterans transition from serving in the military to four-year undergraduate programs.

Obama Administration Requests $147.9 Million for National Endowment for the Humanities in 2016

The Obama Administration today released a budget request of $147,942,000 for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for fiscal year 2016.  NEH, the independent federal agency that will celebrate its 50thanniversary this year, awards grants supporting research, education, and public programs in history, philosophy, literature and other areas of the humanities.

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports in American Communities Coming to Mount Airy

Baseball. Soccer. Hockey. Bowling. Kickball. Surfing. People around the country are drawn to compete in these sports and many others. Still more gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, in cooperation with the North Carolina Humanities Council, will celebrate this connection as it hosts “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program.

Nominations for 2015 Caldwell Award for the Humanities

You are invited to nominate candidates for consideration by the trustees as the recipient of the annual John Tyler Caldwell Award for the humanities.

NEH Chairman Adams Announces Common Good Initiative

William D. “Bro” Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), today marked the official launch of a new NEH initiative focused on the humanities in public life with an address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

NEH grant to ALA to support public programs on Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

A partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) will bring a film screening and discussion program on the history of Latinos in America to two hundred libraries and cultural institutions across the country.

North Carolina Humanities Council Welcomes New Trustees and Elects Chair and Vice Chair

The North Carolina Humanities Council has elected Neva J. Specht as the new Chair and Timothy A. Minor as Vice Chair. Jonathan Buchan, Kip Frey, and Carol Vorhaus were elected to serve as trustees and assumed their role on the board in November. Abelia Ruiz Caraballo, Quentin Johnson, Jenne Norris, Misty Odell, and John Tayloe will all serve 6 year terms as Gubernatorial appointees.

NEH announces $17.9 million in awards and offers for 233 humanities projects

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today $17.9 million in grants for 233 humanities projects. These include research for a book on a Hollywood-based Jewish spy ring that infiltrated and sabotaged Nazi and fascist groups in the U.S. in the 1930s and 40s, and the conservation of artifacts pertaining to the history of the Ancestral Pueblo people, homesteaders, and the Manhattan Project held by the Los Alamos Historical Society.