North Carolina: The New American Heartland

“North Carolina: The New American Heartland” is a multi-dimensional initiative enlisting scholars, journalists, educators, artists, musicians, cultural voices, economic forecasters, and policy experts to consider and expand on these questions from their various perspectives. Through a series of regional and statewide initiatives, and highlighted by a two-day gathering at the National Humanities Center on September 27–29, 2017, we will explore the current and emerging identities of North Carolina, assess our opportunities and challenges, and jointly imagine how we might more effectively rally and coordinate the state’s considerable economic, political, cultural and educational resources to ensure a brighter future.