Winter-Spring 2013 North Carolina Conversations: Carl Sandburg's North Carolina Connection

The latest issue of North Carolina Conversations is now online! Featured on the cover is Carl Sandburg, literary and political great, at his North Carolina mountain home Connemara.

"The Heart of the Matter": Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences Releases Report to Congress

The Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences has released The Heart of the Matter. This report, requested in 2011 by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Representatives Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin) and David Price (D-North Carolina), seeks to advance a dialog on the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the future of our nation.

The Heart of the Matter identifies three goals and thirteen broad recommendations for advancing the humanities and social sciences in America:

“The Hair-Do Project” Brings Together Greensboro Community around Hair

"The Hair-Do Project," a North Carolina Humanities Council mini-grant funded project, presented Greensboro Gets Tangled Up: A Photo and Film Exhibit, Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) in Greensboro. Hundreds crowded into the community center which helps homeless and near-homeless individuals get back on their feet.

Call for Submissions for the 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The postmark deadline for submissions is August 15, 2013. There is no entry fee.

The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given annually by the Humanities Council for previously unpublished writing that portrays North Carolina, its people, and cultures. While authors do not have to be North Carolinians, entries are expected to draw on North Carolina connections and/or memories.

"Hometown Teams" to Tour State in 2015: Cultural Institutions Invited to Apply to Host Museum on Main Street Exhibition

The North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service announce Hometown Teams– an exciting Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition to tour North Carolina beginning February 2015. Rural NC museums, libraries, historic sites, and historical societies are invited to apply as host sites by July 10, 2013. Sites will be determined by the end of September 2013.

“Few aspects of American culture so colorfully and passionately celebrate the American experience as sports,” says Bob Santelli, curator of Hometown Teams.

Western Carolina University Professor, Students Receive NCMC Award for "Journey Stories"

Congratulations to Dr. Jessie Swigger of Western Carolina University (WCU)! She and her public history graduate students were given the North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC) Award of Special Recognition for their work in support of the Journey Stories museum exhibition at the Mountain Heritage Center in Cullowhee. Journey Stories is a Museum on Main Street exhibition, a partnership between the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution.

2013 Literature and Medicine Series Begins in Wilmington, Asheboro, Asheville

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care has begun at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Randolph Hospital in Asheboro, and Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. The participants began meeting in January and will continue through June. At these monthly sessions, healthcare professionals, from chaplains to physicians, share a meal and discuss literature that relates to the experiences of healthcare.

Past the Pipes Receives National Council on Public History’s Graduate Student Project Award

Eight second-year students in UNCG’s masters program in history and museum studies, received the National Council on Public History’s 2013 Graduate Student Project Award for their work on Past the Pipes: Stories of the Terra Cotta Community, an exhibition that opened in December at the Terra Cotta Museum in Greensboro. This exhibition received a large grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council in June of 2012. One such award is given annually.

Journey Stories Opens in Lumberton

Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, pulled into its last stop on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Robeson County History Museum. Prior to the Sunday afternoon public opening, Lumberton dignitaries filed into the museum on Saturday evening for a special VIP reception. Many returned with friends for the official public opening on Sunday afternoon.

Lynn Wright-Kernodle Honored with Endowed Scholarship

The North Carolina Humanities Council has established an endowed scholarship for North Carolina public school educators to participate in the Teachers Institute professional development seminars. Named for the director of this program, the Lynn Wright-Kernodle Teachers Institute Endowed Scholarship honors Wright-Kernodle for her work with teachers. The scholarship insures support in perpetuity for a public educator  to attend the annual week-long Teachers Institute summer seminar as well one weekend seminar during the academic year.