Announcements

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) & Public Safety Concerns

 

 (Updated: May 5, 2020)

Resources for the Humanities Sector During the Pandemic: As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues to unfold we will update this page with some of the resources we have been made aware that may benefit individuals and organizations in the humanities sector such as museums, libraries, and cultural nonprofits.

 

These resources were originally shared in our weekly email. To subscribe, click here. 

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Charlotte, NC (March 26, 2020)

Dear Friends, 

I begin this note to you with a quote from Helen Keller that I am personally drawing inspiration from during these times, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  

As we have all been affected by COVID-19 in some way, I write to assure you that the North Carolina Humanities Council stands with you in solidarity and in strength. Through these uncertain times I believe the public humanities has an important role to play in keeping our lives grounded and our spirits up. In a period of social distancing, may the things that make us human keep us connected. May our stories, our cultures and our community help us through this difficult time.

At the North Carolina Humanities Council we have been closely monitoring the situation of COVID-19 and assure you that we remain committed to prioritizing the health and safety of all North Carolinians including our staff, board, partners, grantees and program participants.

In keeping with federal and state guidelines, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person North Carolina Humanities Council events and programs through May 31, 2020.

We know that for most, these programs are an opportunity to come together in physical spaces to learn, exchange ideas and share in new perspectives, but we believe that this decision will best serve the public health of our North Carolina communities. As we begin to adapt to a more virtual space in the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing online humanities resources and virtual program opportunities with you to keep us all connected and learning.

As COVID-19 news is updated daily, sometimes hourly, we will continue to provide updates regarding all Council affairs on our website.

Below, please find our most recent actions taken to protect the health and safety of our program partners.

For now, the Council’s office operations will continue as normal. However, in the interest of keeping our staff safe and to limit and delay infection, our physical office is closed until further notice and staff are working remotely. The best way to contact our staff at this time is by email. All staff information can be found on our website at http://www.nchumanities.org/staff.

You and your families remain in our thoughts.

Stay well,

Sherry Paula Watkins | Executive Director  

Health and Safety Update for Programs

All host sites, scholars and grantees will receive further communication from our organization about how our decision to cancel all in-person programs and events through May 31 will impact them. 

Our decision to cancel in-person programs and events was not made lightly. However, the benefits of swift and preventative measures ordered by Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Orders and the President’s March 16 guidelines to avoid groups of more than 10 people, guided our decision making.

We recognize the difficulties that may result from canceled events. We are committed to working with our program partners one-on-one to address any issues that might arise during this time.

We continue to advocate that our partners and grantees follow recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. If you are planning to attend humanities programs, please check directly with the host site of the event for up-to-date cancelations.

As this is a fluid situation, our approach and policies are subject to change. Thank you for flexibility, cooperation and understanding.

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2019 Caldwell Award Event Tickets Now Available

2019 Caldwell Award event tickets are available now! The North Carolina Humanities Council will present Jaki Shelton Green with the 2019 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities on October 2, 2019 in Chapel Hill.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

      Click Here to Register

 

Linda Flowers Award Judges Announced

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 11, 2019) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has announced its 2019 panel of judges for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Judges were selected based on level of literary involvement in the state of North Carolina.

Submissions of original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry will be accepted for the award through June 28, 2019. For guidelines or to apply, please click here.

Humanities Program Excellence Award Presented to Jane Austen Summer Program

Humanities Program Excellence Award Presented to Jane Austen Summer Program

On August 26, 2018 the North Carolina Humanities Council awarded its Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to the Jane Austen Summer Program (JASP).

JASP is an annual, multi- day symposium that focuses on one of Jane Austen’s works each summer. The program is designed for scholars, students, teachers and anyone with a passion for Jane Austen.

Call for Nominations for the 2018 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites you to nominate candidates for consideration as the recipient of the annual John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities.

ELIGIBILITY

The North Carolina Humanities Council seeks to recognize and honor distinguished individuals who, by their achievements and contributions, strengthen the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolina through the humanities.

Call for Nominations for the 2017 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities

The 2017 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities - Call for Nominations

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

Support the Humanities this #GivingTuesday on Nov 29th

Through the humanities, we learn to understand one another, connect with our community, and enrich our lives.

Over the past year we have awarded 31 grants to organizations across the state to for humanities-based projects with preserve heritages, cultivate empathy, examine and honor the past, and envision possibilities for our shared future.

This #GivingTuesday we hope you will support us and the power of the humanities to transform communities and promote active citizenship!

Lit Up: Celebrating the Power of Great Teachers

The North Carolina Humanities Council and the National Humanities Center present:

This VIP reception and program celebrates great teachers! Please join us and share this event with educators in your life and community.

North Carolina Humanities Council Call for Trustee Nominations

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites nominations for North Carolina Humanities Council trustees. Candidates must be North Carolina residents committed to advancing the North Carolina Humanities Council’s mission to serve as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life and to facilitate the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

Benjamin Eagles Fountain Jr.

This week the North Carolina Humanities Council remembers the life and legacy of Benjamin Eagles Fountain, Jr., who passed away on March 12, 2016. Fountain was a long time educator in North Carolina and a member of our Constituting Committee from 1971–1972. Fountain also served as a trustee on the Council’s board for five years.

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