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Announcing a Public Call for Nominations for the 2016 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities

The 2016 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities

Public Call for Nominations

You are invited to nominate candidates for the annual John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities.

North Carolina Humanities Council Receives Grant for Programming to Celebrate Pulitzer Prize Centennial

Charlotte, NC – The North Carolina Humanities Council has received a $35,000 grant from the Pulitzer Prize Board to fund Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words, a program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016 through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative.

Announcing the 2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame Inductees

SOUTHERN PINES—On Sunday, October 16, at 2:00 pm, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will induct three new members.

Clyde Edgerton, Margaret Maron, and Carl Sandburg will join the fifty-seven inductees currently enshrined, in a ceremony at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.

North Carolina Humanities Council Awards Harvey Gantt Highest Honor

North Carolina Humanities Council trustees have selected Harvey Gantt as the recipient of the 2015 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s most prestigious public humanities honor. The award recognizes Gantt for his lifelong achievements as an advocate for the public humanities across North Carolina. The Caldwell Award ceremony will be held on October 15, 2015, at the Mint Museum in Uptown, Charlotte at 6:00 pm. A reception will follow at the Harvey Gantt Center. The events are free and open to the public. RSVP is required due to space limitation.

Recipients of Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War Announced

The North Carolina Humanities Council has selected Wilkes Central High School’s project “Hammer Down” and the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County’s “Invisible Wounds of War” as the recipients of the Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War grants for the spring cycle. Standing Together is an initiative launched by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to promote the understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans.

Smithsonian Sports Exhibition Delights Local Audiences

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, in cooperation with the North Carolina Humanities Council, continues its exploration and celebration of sports in our heritage as it hosts the local showing of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. Hometown Teams will be on view through April 11.

Humanities Council Funds Exhibition on the History of Lebanese Immigrants in North Carolina

Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina, 130 Years of History opens at Levine Museum on March 7 and is the first exhibit to commemorate the history of Lebanese immigrants who have made North Carolina their home since the 1880s.  Researched and developed by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at N.C.

“Cherokee Fabrics and Feather Capes” Free Talk at Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is offering a free program Friday evening March 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ken Blankenship Education and Research Center on Highway 441 in Cherokee North Carolina.  “Cherokee Fabrics and Feather Capes” will include presentations by scholars and tribal members. 

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports in American Communities Coming to Mount Airy

Baseball. Soccer. Hockey. Bowling. Kickball. Surfing. People around the country are drawn to compete in these sports and many others. Still more gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, in cooperation with the North Carolina Humanities Council, will celebrate this connection as it hosts “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program.

North Carolina Humanities Council Welcomes New Trustees and Elects Chair and Vice Chair

The North Carolina Humanities Council has elected Neva J. Specht as the new Chair and Timothy A. Minor as Vice Chair. Jonathan Buchan, Kip Frey, and Carol Vorhaus were elected to serve as trustees and assumed their role on the board in November. Abelia Ruiz Caraballo, Quentin Johnson, Jenne Norris, Misty Odell, and John Tayloe will all serve 6 year terms as Gubernatorial appointees.