October is National Arts and Humanities Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month, and the North Carolina Humanities Council is celebrating the month in some very exciting and very public ways. 

On Friday, October 21, the Humanities Council presents the John Tyler Caldwell Award in the Humanities to scholar and statesman David Price. This event is free and open to the public and begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The evening will be rich with humanities honors, including presentations of this year’s 2011 Linda Flowers Literary Award and 2011 Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities. 

An Invitation to the 2011 Caldwell Award for the Humanities

You are invited to the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities celebration on Oct. 21, at 7:00 p.m., at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, honoring scholar and statesman David Price. Price is unique among his colleagues on the Hill. Before serving in the U.S. Congress, he was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University and is the author of four books on the American political system. He holds a Bachelor of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. With Duke President Richard Brodhead, Price is co-chair of the newly created American Academy Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences,

Introducing Museum on Main Street's Journey Stories

The North Carolina Humanities Council is proud to introduce Journey Stories, a program by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street initiative. The program brings Smithsonian-quality exhibitions to small towns across North Carolina.

Advocate on Behalf of the NEH

Dear Friend,

The House of Representatives has proposed cutting funding to the National Endowment for the Humanities by $20 million. Funding for the state humanities councils --including the North Carolina Humanities Council -- would be cut by $9 million. This cut would follow on one already enacted last year; as a result, the NEH’s budget would fall punitively below the “2008 levels” stated as a goal for spending cuts.

Harlan Gradin: New Scholar Emeritus

from the Executive Director Shelley Crisp:

It is with deep appreciation for his many contributions to the public humanities that I inform you Dr. Harlan Gradin has resigned from his position as Associate Director of Programs/Director of Community Development with the North Carolina Humanities Council. Harlan will continue a relationship with the Humanities Council as scholar emeritus.

Humanities Council Awards Top Humanities Honor to David Price

The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, have chosen author, educator, and U.S. Congressman David Price as the recipient of the 2011 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s prestigious public humanities honor. The award ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m., at the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, North Carolina.

Large Grant Proposal Drafts Due August 15

This is a reminder that all large grant proposal drafts are due by August 15. Contact Program Officer Darrell Stover to discuss your proposal in greater detail. More information on large grants can be found here.

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.

New Issue of North Carolina Conversations Available

This issue is a meditation of place through photograph, story, poetry. The photos of Christine Rucker and the words of Phoebe Zerwick capture the flowing Yadkin River and the voices of those who live on its banks. Rob Amberg writes how his camera is a “visual journal” documenting local place. Ben Casey travels the Neuse and Trent Rivers, collecting transforming stories and images. Lynden Harris begins a reflection on homelessness with "What is home? Is it a shelter, a tent...

Council Chair Explains That Humanities Are a Necessity

The Humanities Are Essential

By Townsend Ludington

Amidst a culture addicted to the antics of celebrities real or fake, whether they are White House party crashers, wacky politicians, lionized (or maybe it's tigerized) athletes, or money magnates craving to make the next billion bucks, it is a pleasure to read an article such as "Humanities efforts net grants" in the Dec. 8 issue of The Herald-Sun.