The American Dream by Jakub Pucilowski

The Humanities Council has been revisiting the notion of The American Dream. During this process we decided to take the conversation outside (literally) and engage folks in conversation around this broad but universally relevant topic. 

Greensboro resident Jakub Pucilowski had some interesting thoughts on the matter, both as an American and an eastern European immigrant. Visit our Facebook page to give us your two cents.

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 storied of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

Humanities and Black History Month

In commemoration of Black History Month, we're highlighting the many Humanities Council events across the state during February that pay tribute to and examine African American people and culture throughout history and in contemporary society. Find a program near you:

2012 Teachers Institute: Laying Down Tracks - Apply Now

Through literature, art, music, and history, participants will explore various viewpoints of railroads, ranging from deeply critical to bemused to awestruck — all the while considering how trains and railroads have functioned as symbols
of power, change, and inevitability.

Large Grant Proposal Drafts Due March 15

This is a reminder that all large grant proposal drafts are due by March 15. Contact Program Director Darrell Stover to discuss your proposal in greater detail. More information on large grants can be found here.

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.