Harlan Gradin: New Scholar Emeritus

Dr. Harlan Gradin

from the Executive Director Shelley Crisp:

It is with deep appreciation for his many contributions to the public humanities that I inform you Dr. Harlan Gradin has resigned from his position as Associate Director of Programs/Director of Community Development with the North Carolina Humanities Council. Harlan will continue a relationship with the Humanities Council as scholar emeritus.

As many of you know, Harlan has been a dedicated scholar for many years, earning his Ph.D. in History from the UNC Chapel Hill before joining the Council in 1991. Raised in Flushing, New York, he completed his higher education in North Carolina, first at Duke University, where he received an A.B. awarded magna cum laude with distinction in U.S. History, and then at the UNC Chapel Hill, where he earned an M.A., also in U.S. History. Gradin's academic interests include anthropology, sociology, literary theory, cultural and political theory. He is particularly interested in the relation between culture, language, and community development and has worked with nonprofit organizations in community economic development.  A member of the Humanities Council staff for twenty years, Harlan is a recipient of the William C. Friday Fellowship in Human Relations, a program of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative. As editor and inspiration behind Crossroads, Harlan earned for the Council the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for Excellence in Public Programming from the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Harlan worked with great passion, commitment, and intellectual integrity during his two decades at the Council.  With his assistance, the Council partnered with diverse community groups providing, he believes, “opportunities for North Carolina citizens to see themselves as actors in making their own history.”

It is difficult to imagine the North Carolina Humanities Council without Harlan’s leadership and guidance. I know you will join the staff and trustees in wishing Harlan the best at this time of transition. You may continue to contact him through the Council’s website.