Humanities in the News

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.

"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.