Humanities in the News

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.

"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:

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.

Road Scholar Omar Ali presents "The Many Faces of Islam"

View this film clip of "The Many Faces of Islam," a Road Scholar presentation by Omar H. Ali, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, UNC Greensboro. Manzoor Cheema shot the lecture at the North Regional Library in Raleigh.

Council Chair Explains That Humanities Are a Necessity

The Humanities Are Essential

By Townsend Ludington

Amidst a culture addicted to the antics of celebrities real or fake, whether they are White House party crashers, wacky politicians, lionized (or maybe it's tigerized) athletes, or money magnates craving to make the next billion bucks, it is a pleasure to read an article such as "Humanities efforts net grants" in the Dec. 8 issue of The Herald-Sun.

NEH Chairman Visits North Carolina

In an event co-hosted by the Levine Museum of the New South and the Humanities Council, NEH Chairman Jim Leach visited NC as a fifth stop on his nationwide “Civility Tour.” Before his evening lecture at the Levine, Leach met with Humanities Council board members, staff, and project directors to hear their thoughts on the state of public humanities in NC. Full article.

New Harmonies in Our State

Be sure to pick up a copy of the February issue of Our State magazine to see the full lineup for Museum on Main Street's New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music.