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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.

NEH Creates New “Public Scholar” Grant Program Supporting Popular Scholarly Books in the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced a new grant opportunity that encourages the publication of nonfiction books that apply serious humanities scholarship to subjects of general interest and appeal.

NC Humanities Council Plans Move to Charlotte

The North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC) will move its administrative offices to Charlotte in early 2015, to take advantage of what its leaders believe are new and exciting opportunities for organizational development and collaborations in the state’s largest city.

Council Awards 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award and 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, announces John Thomas York as the recipient of its 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. Also, the Council awarded the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to the Friends of Buncombe County Libraries for their project “Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970.” Both awards were presented at the 2014 Caldwell Award ceremony at Wake Forest University on October 30.

North Carolina Humanities Council Selects New Board Chair

Neva J. Specht of Deep Gap has been elected Chair of the board for the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She assumes leadership from Cynthia (Cindy) Brodhead of Durham, who served as Chair from October 2012 to October 2014 and will continue as a council trustee for another year.

“Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970” Receive Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

“Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970,” received the 2014 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Project director Karen Loughmiller and photographer Andrea Clark accepted the award for the Friends of Buncombe County Libraries at the 2014 Caldwell Award Ceremony held at Wake Forest University.

John Thomas York Chosen as 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award Recipient

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announces John Thomas York as the recipient of its 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. In addition to the Literary Award, York received a cash prize and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, which was presented by North Carolina Humanities Council Trustee and former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, Joseph Bathanti:

Honoring Mr. Wake Forest

By: Maria Henson

For those who are fans of Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson (’43) — and there are legions — you missed a happy gathering of Ed and friends a few weeks ago at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center on campus. You would have had to squeeze in for the event at which the North Carolina Humanities Council bestowed the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities on the man known as “Mr. Wake Forest.”

Where are the Humanities in our Schools?

It is an honor to be a part of this celebration of Ed Wilson’s life as a teacher, a university provost, and an advocate for the humanities, both within the university and outside it.