Humanities Council Invests $57,486 in Cultural Projects Statewide

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $57,486 in grants for projects in the humanities. All funded programs are free and open to the public.  

The Durham Library Foundation will receive $9,916 for Bull City Soul Revival, a collaboration of musicians and scholars to showcase the history of Soul in Durham. This month-long community project debuts March 27, 2012. It includes a display of artifacts,

Announcing 2011 Linda Flowers Literary Award Recipient

Nancy Dew Taylor's "Mill Creek Suite" -- a sequence of poems about a young married couple living on a farm near Old Fort, NC, in the early part of the 20th century -- was among more than 130 entries of original poetry, prose, and nonfiction submitted by writers across the country to the Humanities Council's Linda Flowers Literary Award. “Mill Creek Suite” will appear in the winter-spring 2012 issue of North Carolina Conversations, and Taylor will receive support toward a week-long writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines. 

Of “Mill Creek Suite,” Taylor says, “The lives depicted in the poems are like those of the people I came to know during the summers my family spent east of Asheville: strong, resilient, self-reliant, loving.”

Welcome New Trustees

We welcome five outstanding new North Carolina Humanities Council trustees who began their three-year term of volunteer service in October 2011.

Joseph Bathanti of Vilas, Watauga County
John T. Garman of Durham, Durham County
Margaret S. (Tog) Newman of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County
Michael J. McCue of Asheville, Buncombe County
Reginald Watson of Greenville, Pitt County 

Gaston County Public Library Awarded for Project on Greater Gaston’s Textile Past

The North Carolina Humanities Council has named the Gaston County Public Library the 2011 recipient of the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities for “Standing on a Box: Lewis Hine’s National Child Labor Committee Photography in Gaston County, 1908.”

Directed by Gaston County Public Library’s Carol Reinhardt, “Standing on a Box” used photographs taken in 1908 by Lewis Hine – a sociologist, reformer, and National Child Labor Committee journalist – to explore child labor conditions in Greater Gaston’s textile mills at the turn of the nineteenth century.

“Study and reflection in the humanities illumes our lives and shared history” – David Price, Caldwell Laureate 2011

On October 21, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, scholar and statesman David Price received the Humanities Council’s prestigious John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. Thomas Ross, president of the 17-campus UNC system, conferred the award. Duke president Richard Brodhead delivered the annual Caldwell Lecture in the Humanities.

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month, and the North Carolina Humanities Council is celebrating the month in some very exciting and very public ways. 

On Friday, October 21, the Humanities Council presents the John Tyler Caldwell Award in the Humanities to scholar and statesman David Price. This event is free and open to the public and begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The evening will be rich with humanities honors, including presentations of this year’s 2011 Linda Flowers Literary Award and 2011 Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities. 

An Invitation to the 2011 Caldwell Award for the Humanities

You are invited to the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities celebration on Oct. 21, at 7:00 p.m., at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, honoring scholar and statesman David Price. Price is unique among his colleagues on the Hill. Before serving in the U.S. Congress, he was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University and is the author of four books on the American political system. He holds a Bachelor of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. With Duke President Richard Brodhead, Price is co-chair of the newly created American Academy Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences,

Introducing Museum on Main Street's Journey Stories

The North Carolina Humanities Council is proud to introduce Journey Stories, a program by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street initiative. The program brings Smithsonian-quality exhibitions to small towns across North Carolina.

Advocate on Behalf of the NEH

Dear Friend,

The House of Representatives has proposed cutting funding to the National Endowment for the Humanities by $20 million. Funding for the state humanities councils --including the North Carolina Humanities Council -- would be cut by $9 million. This cut would follow on one already enacted last year; as a result, the NEH’s budget would fall punitively below the “2008 levels” stated as a goal for spending cuts.

Harlan Gradin: New Scholar Emeritus

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.