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.

Humanities Council Announces Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America Statewide Exhibition

GREENSBORO, NC (June 4, 2014) – Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, begins a year-long tour throughout North Carolina in February 2015.

The six Hometown Teams host sites include

From Civil War to Civil Rights: The African American Experience at Poplar Grove

Poplar Grove, the historic plantation in Wilmington, NC, is announcing its inaugural exhibit and lecture series for 2014! Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, Poplar Grove Foundation will install a new, permanent exhibit on African American history.

Humanities Council Re-imagines Grant-making

Over the past forty-two years, the North Carolina Humanities Council's large-grant program has provided more than $9 million state-wide to support programming that explores the literature, history and cultures of North Carolina. This year, the Council is launching an initiative to re-imagine the grant-making process.

Council Awards 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award and Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

Steve Lautermilch of Kill Devil Hills, NC has been awarded the 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award for his collection of poems "Where Waters Meet." Also, the Council awarded the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to Road Scholar Kevin Duffus for his extensive work exploring NC's maritime history. Both awards were presented at the 2013 Caldwell Award ceremony in Charlotte on October 10.

Duke University to Host Poetry Reading to Honor Seamus Heaney

Join the Office of the President and the English Department at Duke University  for a poetry reading to celebrate the life and work of Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney (1939-2013).The reading will be held from 4:30  to 5:30 p.m. on October 1 in  the Goodson Chapel in the Westbook Building on Duke's East Campus.
Readers will include President Richard H.

Paula Watkins Joins the North Carolina Humanities Council as Executive Director

Paula Watkins has joined the North Carolina Humanities Council as executive director. Prior to being at the North Carolina Humanities Council, she served as Assistant Director and South Carolina Book Festival Director at The Humanities Council SC.

“Paula is a creative and inspirational communicator, and someone who understands the culture of the humanities and our mission in the life our state," says Cynthia Brodhead, chair of the trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Kevin Duffus to Receive the 2013 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, has chosen Kevin Duffus of Raleigh to receive the 2013 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities.