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.

Deadline for Submissions is Aug. 15 for Linda Flowers Literary Award


The North Carolina Humanities Council was privileged to have Linda Flowers as one of its members from 1992 to 1998. During the years we shared with her, she taught us many things. Above all, Linda showed us what it means to live by one’s belief that “the humanistic apprehension is as necessary for living fully as anything else. Education in the humanities,” she wrote, “is equipment for living.”

Humanities Council Invests $57,486 in Grants 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.  

Projects supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council are vital to its commitment to serve as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. Through grants and public programs, the Humanities Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

Journey Stories Exhibit Opens in Burgaw

Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, began a year-long tour throughout North Carolina on Saturday June 23, 2012 at the Pender County Public Library in Burgaw.

Grant Funds Available for Digital Humanities Projects

North Carolina Stories is a Humanities Council grant initiative that encourages the investigation of local history via themes such as immigration, migration, adaptation, and displacement. The project is facilitated by a community nonprofit sponsor with deep and appropriate connections to the specific geographic area and requires a humanities scholar specializing in the themes inherent in the project or in the use of digital resources.

Latest Issue of North Carolina Conversations

The latest issue of North Carolina Conversations is now available in print and online.The bi-annual publication explores various aspects of public humanities across the state. Items featured in this issue include:

NC Literary Hall of Fame to Induct Angelou, Byer, Lawson

SOUTHERN PINES via NC Writers Network – Bestselling poet and memoirist Maya Angelou, former state Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer, and 18th-Century explorer and naturalist John Lawson will be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame this fall.

Humanities Council Announces Journey Stories Statewide Exhibition

GREENSBORO, NC (April 27, 2012) – Journey Stories, 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 June 2012.

In Memoriam: Doris Betts (1932 - 2012)

The North Carolina Humanities Council shares the deep sense of loss expressed by so many at Doris Betts' passing. The citizens of our state benefited from her deep commitment and support of public humanities. Betts, the 1992 Caldwell Laureate, said of Marsha White Warren in 2009 that “the arts, the humanities, and the quality of life in our state are stronger and better because of Marsha Warren.” The same is true of Doris Betts.

Humanities Council Vice Chair, Roskelly Receives Teaching Award

Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly is the 2012 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. It will be presented to her at UNCG’s spring commencement ceremony.