Humanities in the News

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

Join NEH in Celebrating Constitution Day on September 17

WASHINGTON (September 16, 2014) — This year the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will join 25 other partners in celebrating Constitution Day on September 17 by taking part in a daylong program of events taking place around the country focusing on civics education and the role of civics in American life.

NEH and NSF award more than $4 million to preserve nearly 40 languages

WASHINGTON (August 15, 2014) —The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced 27 awards totaling more than $4 million in the 10th round of a joint effort to document languages threatened with extinction.

These new awards, part of an NSF-NEH Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program, support digital documentation work on nearly 40 endangered languages.  They build research infrastructure, encourage long term collaboration with host countries and involve significant community engagement.

William “Bro” Adams Ceremonially Sworn In as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

 

WASHINGTON (July 23, 2014) — William D. “Bro” Adams was ceremonially sworn in yesterday as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. His tenure as Chairman began immediately.

2013 National Humanities Medalists Announced

WASHINGTON (July 22, 2014) — President Barack Obama today announced the ten winners of the 2013 National Humanities Medals, awarded for outstanding achievements in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary, and historic preservation.

NEH announces $34 million in awards and offers for 177 humanities projects

WASHINGTON (July 21, 2014) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $34 million in grants for 177 humanities projects, including the creation of an online digital archive that would make publicly accessible nearly 5,000 oral histories conducted by Chicago journalist Studs Terkel, and the archeological excavation of the site of a Spanish colonial forced resettlement in Peru to determine how indigenous communities adapted to challenges of life in new settlements under a new political-economic regime.

William “Bro” Adams Confirmed as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2014) — The United States Senate today voted to confirm William D. “Bro” Adams as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Adams is expected to begin as Chairman in the coming days. Founded in 1965, the National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making institution of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Humanities Council Alum, Veteran, and Literature & Medicine Facilitator Receives Teaching Award

Dr. Peter Caulfield, professor of Language and Literature at UNC Asheville, served on the board of trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council from 1998–2004. More recently, Caulfield has served as facilitator for the Humanities Council's Literature & Medicine program at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, guiding literature discussions among VA healthcare professionals.

Humanities Funding Still in Recovery from Recession

June 19, 2014

Total funding for humanities research, education, and programs in the U.S. still below pre-recession levels, according to a new report released today by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

The report, The State of the Humanities: Funding 2014, gathers data on the array of funding sources, large and small, that underwrite the humanities, revealing that federal, state, and private support to the humanities are still recovering from the recession.

President Obama Awards 2012 National Humanities Medals

This week  President Obama presented 12 outstanding humanists with National Humanities Medals.  The medal, inaugurated in 1997, honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities. Up to 12 medals can be awarded each year.