Press Releases

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.

NC Humanities Council Plans Move to Charlotte

The North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC) will move its administrative offices to Charlotte in early 2015, to take advantage of what its leaders believe are new and exciting opportunities for organizational development and collaborations in the state’s largest city.

Council Awards 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award and Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announces John Thomas York as the recipient of its 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. Also, the Council awarded the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to the Friends of Buncombe County Libraries for their project “Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970.” Both awards were presented at the 2014 Caldwell Award ceremony at Wake Forest University on October 30.

North Carolina Humanities Council Selects New Board Chair

Neva J. Specht of Deep Gap has been elected Chair of the board for the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She assumes leadership from Cynthia (Cindy) Brodhead of Durham, who served as Chair from October 2012 to October 2014 and will continue as a council trustee for another year.

“Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970” Receive Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

“Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970,” received the 2014 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Project director Karen Loughmiller and photographer Andrea Clark accepted the award for the Friends of Buncombe County Libraries at the 2014 Caldwell Award Ceremony held at Wake Forest University.

John Thomas York Chosen as 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award Recipient

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announces John Thomas York as the recipient of its 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. In addition to the Literary Award, York received a cash prize and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, which was presented by North Carolina Humanities Council Trustee and former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, Joseph Bathanti:

Edwin Graves Wilson to Receive Humanities Council’s Top Honor

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 7:00PM at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center on the campus of Wake Forest University, Edwin Graves Wilson will receive the North Carolina Humanities Council’s highest honor, the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. The award recognizes Wilson for his lifelong achievements as an advocate for the public humanities across North Carolina. The Caldwell Award ceremony is free and open to the public.

Humanities Council Announces Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America Statewide Exhibition

GREENSBORO, NC (June 4, 2014) – Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, begins a year-long tour throughout North Carolina in February 2015.

The six Hometown Teams host sites include

Paula Watkins Joins the North Carolina Humanities Council as Executive Director

Paula Watkins has joined the North Carolina Humanities Council as executive director. Prior to being at the North Carolina Humanities Council, she served as Assistant Director and South Carolina Book Festival Director at The Humanities Council SC.

“Paula is a creative and inspirational communicator, and someone who understands the culture of the humanities and our mission in the life our state," says Cynthia Brodhead, chair of the trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Kevin Duffus to Receive the 2013 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has chosen Kevin Duffus of Raleigh to receive the 2013 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities.