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William “Bro” Adams Ceremonially Sworn In as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

 

WASHINGTON (July 23, 2014) — William D. “Bro” Adams was ceremonially sworn in yesterday as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. His tenure as Chairman began immediately.

2013 National Humanities Medalists Announced

WASHINGTON (July 22, 2014) — President Barack Obama today announced the ten winners of the 2013 National Humanities Medals, awarded for outstanding achievements in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary, and historic preservation.

National Humanities Medal Awarded to 1994 Recipient of the John T. Caldwell Award for the Humanities, Dr. Anne Firor Scott

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.

NEH announces $34 million in awards and offers for 177 humanities projects

WASHINGTON (July 21, 2014) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $34 million in grants for 177 humanities projects, including the creation of an online digital archive that would make publicly accessible nearly 5,000 oral histories conducted by Chicago journalist Studs Terkel, and the archeological excavation of the site of a Spanish colonial forced resettlement in Peru to determine how indigenous communities adapted to challenges of life in new settlements under a new political-economic regime.

William “Bro” Adams Confirmed as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2014) — The United States Senate today voted to confirm William D. “Bro” Adams as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Adams is expected to begin as Chairman in the coming days. Founded in 1965, the National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making institution of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Humanities Council Alum, Veteran, and Literature & Medicine Facilitator Receives Teaching Award

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.

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.

2014 Call for Trustee Nominations

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites nominations for Humanities Council trustees. Candidates must be North Carolina residents committed to advancing the Humanities Council’s mission to serve as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life and to facilitate the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

Humanities Funding Still in Recovery from Recession

June 19, 2014

Total funding for humanities research, education, and programs in the U.S. still below pre-recession levels, according to a new report released today by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

The report, The State of the Humanities: Funding 2014, gathers data on the array of funding sources, large and small, that underwrite the humanities, revealing that federal, state, and private support to the humanities are still recovering from the recession.

Railroad & Work Songs: 2014 Theme for RiddleFest in the Appalachians

RiddleFest, presented annually by Traditional Voices Group, honors native son and musician Lesley Riddle, who played a critical role in the development and early practice of American country music. This year's celebration, June 21 and 22, focuses on railroad and work songs of the southern Appalachian Mountains through a variety of programs and performances in Burnsville NC and at the Historic Orchard at Altapass off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Spruce Pine.