Humanities and Black History Month

During Black History Month 2011, we pay tribute to the achievements of African Americans in every aspect of our society. Here is a selection of programs supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council of special interest this month.

New Teachers Institute Seminars

The Teachers Instiute, an interdisciplinary professional development program, brings public school educators K-12 together with the state's best scholars to study the history, literature, music, and art of North Carolina’s many communities.

View Teachers Institute seminars for 2011.

Journey Stories Call for Host Sites - Application Deadline Extended

Rural NC museums, libraries, historic sites, and historical societies are invited to apply to host Journey Stories, part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Humanities Council to tour North Carolina 2012-2013. Application deadline is now April 4, 2011.

Here's to Growing Strong and Great

The potters of Seagrove, the balladeers of Appalachia, the Menhaden fisherman of Down East. They all have a story. The humanities are the tools with which we explore those stories. Help the Humanities Council do more for the state’s growing population in 2011. Please consider a year-end contribution.

Humanities Council Invests $48,774 in Eight Cultural Projects Statewide

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded $48,774 in grants for public humanities projects. All funded programs are free and open to the public.  

Magdalena Maiz-Peña Selected as Humanities Council Trustee

The North Carolina Humanities Council is pleased to announce the selection of Magdalena Maiz-Peña as a new trustee. Maiz-Peña is the William H. Williamson Professor of Spanish at Davidson College, where she chairs the Spanish department. The college honored her with the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award in 1995. She received the ODK Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997 and the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award in 2006. In 2007 she was recognized for her work in the Latino Community with the Latin American Coalition Award.

Linda Flowers Literary Award 2010

The North Carolina Humanities Council announces Traci Lazenby Elliott as the recipient of the annual Linda Flowers Literary Award. A story of civil rights travesties and human redemption, “Legacy” was among more than sixty entries of original poetry, prose, and nonfiction submitted by writers across the state to the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

New Harmonies Concludes NC Tour in Shelby

The final grand opening of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, hosted by Destination Cleveland County (DCC), opened Saturday, November 13, at the Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby. Live guitar music sent the Rhythm & Roots 5K/10K runners on their way, and gospel songs from youth community members sung them across the finish line. At the opening ceremony Emily Epley, DCC executive director, announced Catherine Chambers as first-place winner of the roots music poster contest.

North Carolina Conversations - New Summer-Fall Issue Available

What makes North Carolina the “writingest state”? The summer-fall issue of North Carolina Conversations answers that question with articles on the NC Literary Hall of Fame, the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, the NC Writers’ Network, the NC Collection at UNC Chapel Hill, and North Carolina’s literary magazines. This issue also includes important up-dates on Humanities Council programs and concludes with new poems by Robert Morgan. Free print copies are available. Download a copy here

New Issue of Crossroads Out Now

The summer-fall issue of Crossroads explores “Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970.”  The project used as a point of departure Andrea Clark’s intimate documentary photographs of daily life in Asheville’s vibrant African American communities during the 70s to examine the process and aftermath of urban renewal. The issue includes the voices of residents who today work toward the revitalization of their historic neighborhoods. Download issue.