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Call for Submission: 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award - Deadline July 15

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The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given annually by the Humanities Council for previously unpublished writing that portrays North Carolina, its people, and cultures.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.

From Civil War to Civil Rights: The African American Experience at Poplar Grove

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.

Humanities Council Re-imagines Grant-making

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.

Council Awards 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award and Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

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.

Duke University to Host Poetry Reading to Honor Seamus Heaney

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 Joins the North Carolina Humanities Council as Executive Director

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.

Kevin Duffus to Receive the 2013 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has chosen Kevin Duffus of Raleigh to receive the 2013 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities.

North Carolina Humanities Council Grants $44,952 in Funding Statewide

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $44,952 in grants for projects in the humanities. All funded programs are free and open to the public.

Projects supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council are vital to its commitment to serve as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. Through grants and public programs, the Humanities Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

President Obama Awards 2012 National Humanities Medals

This week  President Obama presented 12 outstanding humanists with National Humanities Medals.  The medal, inaugurated in 1997, honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities. Up to 12 medals can be awarded each year.

Sally Dalton Robinson and Russell M. Robinson II to Receive the 2013 John T. Caldwell Award for the Humanities

The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, have chosen North Carolinians Sally Dalton Robinson and Russell M. Robinson II as the recipients of the 2013 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s most prestigious public humanities honor.