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Journey Stories Opens in Wilson

Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, continued its 2012-2013 tour throughout North Carolina on Saturday November 17, 2012, at the North Carolina Museum of the Coastal Plain in Wilson, North Carolina. The 2012 Caldwell Laureate Betty Ray McCain gave remarks and refreshments were served.

Council Chair Announces Executive Director Shelley Crisp to Retire

North Carolina Humanities Council chair Cynthia Brodhead has announced that executive director Shelley Crisp will be retiring, effective June 1, 2013. Crisp has served as executive director since 2007. During her tenure with the Humanities Council, Crisp brought the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition series into North Carolina, launched the Council’s biannual magazine North Carolina Conversations, and inaugurated the NC Stories digital grant program.

Council Awards 2012 Linda Flowers Literary Award and Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

Angela Kelly of Spartanburg, SC, has been awarded the 2012 Linda Flowers Literary Award for her collection of poems "Semper Fi Appalachia." Also, the Council awarded the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center for public programs Workboats of Core Sound and Raising the Story of Menhaden Fishing. Both awards were presented at the 2012 Caldwell Award ceremony in Wilson on October 5.

Brodhead, Schramm Assume Chair, Vice Chair Roles, Costley A New Trustee

The North Carolina Humanities Council has elected Cynthia (Cindy) Brodhead as 2012-2014 Chair and Richard Schramm as 2012-2014 Vice-Chair. Mark Costley was elected to serve as a trustee and assumed his role on the board on October 1.

"Where Are You From?" Using Digital Humanities to Engage Communities

 The Where Are You From? Project collects interviews and experiences of migration and mobility from students, faculty, staff at Wake Forest University and from permanent residents, green-card holders, foreign-born naturalized citizens, as well as undocumented residents, refugees, and US citizens in Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro, and the surrounding community.

In Memoriam: William Clyde Friday

The North Carolina Humanities Council is very saddened by the passing of William Clyde Friday, noted educator, statesman, and humanities advocate. Among his many honors, Mr. Friday was the recipient of the 1999 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. In 2008, he delivered the annual Caldwell Lecture for the Humanities.

Betty Ray McCain Honored with John T. Caldwell Award on October 5 in Wilson

The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council honored North Carolinian Betty Ray McCain as the recipient of the 2012 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, October 5, 2012, at the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College in Wilson, NC.

Journey Stories Opens in Cullowhee

Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, continued its 2012-2013 tour throughout North Carolina on Saturday September 29, 2012, at the Mountain Heritage Center on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Betty Ray McCain to Receive the John T. Caldwell Award for the Humanities

The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council have chosen North Carolinian Betty Ray McCain as the recipient of the 2012 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s most prestigious public humanities honor. The award ceremony is scheduled for October 5, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lauren Kennedy and Allen Campbell Theater at Barton College in Wilson, NC. The event is free and open to the public.

Humanities Council Trustee Joseph Bathanti Named NC Poet Laureate

via NC Arts Council - Award winning poet, professor and advocate for literacy, Joseph Bathanti, of Vilas, has been named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate by Governor Bev Perdue.