Humanities in the News

Anna Deavere Smith to deliver 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

Anna Deavere Smith, an actress, playwright, professor, and 2012 National Humanities Medal winner, will deliver the 2015 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities(NEH), the lecture is among the highest honors the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, also exemplifies the values in the agency’s founding 1965 legislation, which noted that the “humanities belong to all the people of the United States.”

NEH teams with Warrior-Scholar Project to Expand Academic “Boot Camp” for Veterans Attending College

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman William “Bro” Adams and Yale President Peter Salovey announced Tuesday that a new partnership between NEH and the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) will expand the reach of programs that help veterans transition from serving in the military to four-year undergraduate programs.

Obama Administration Requests $147.9 Million for National Endowment for the Humanities in 2016

The Obama Administration today released a budget request of $147,942,000 for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for fiscal year 2016.  NEH, the independent federal agency that will celebrate its 50thanniversary this year, awards grants supporting research, education, and public programs in history, philosophy, literature and other areas of the humanities.

NEH Chairman Adams Announces Common Good Initiative

William D. “Bro” Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), today marked the official launch of a new NEH initiative focused on the humanities in public life with an address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

NEH grant to ALA to support public programs on Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

A partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) will bring a film screening and discussion program on the history of Latinos in America to two hundred libraries and cultural institutions across the country.

NEH announces $17.9 million in awards and offers for 233 humanities projects

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today $17.9 million in grants for 233 humanities projects. These include research for a book on a Hollywood-based Jewish spy ring that infiltrated and sabotaged Nazi and fascist groups in the U.S. in the 1930s and 40s, and the conservation of artifacts pertaining to the history of the Ancestral Pueblo people, homesteaders, and the Manhattan Project held by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

NEH Creates New “Public Scholar” Grant Program Supporting Popular Scholarly Books in the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced a new grant opportunity that encourages the publication of nonfiction books that apply serious humanities scholarship to subjects of general interest and appeal.

Where are the Humanities in our Schools?

It is an honor to be a part of this celebration of Ed Wilson’s life as a teacher, a university provost, and an advocate for the humanities, both within the university and outside it.

Address to National Federation of State Councils

Good morning and thank you for the generous introduction and warm welcome.

I’d like to begin by thanking the Federation for the invitation to attend the conference and to speak to you this morning. I’ve learned a lot over the past few days, and I value this opportunity to talk about the humanities and about my hopes for the NEH.

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

In this complicated world and in these challenging times, the arts and humanities enhance the character of our Nation.  The flash of insight that comes from watching a thought-provoking documentary or discovering a compelling novel sparks moments of joy, awe, and sorrow.  From symphonies that bring tragedy to life with long bow strokes to architecture that challenges the boundaries of the world around it, these works add texture to our lives and reveal something about ourselves.  During National Arts and Humanities Month, we reflect on the many ways the arts and humanities ha