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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:

Honoring Mr. Wake Forest

By: Maria Henson

For those who are fans of Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson (’43) — and there are legions — you missed a happy gathering of Ed and friends a few weeks ago at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center on campus. You would have had to squeeze in for the event at which the North Carolina Humanities Council bestowed the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities on the man known as “Mr. Wake Forest.”

Where are the Humanities in our Schools?

It is an honor to be a part of this celebration of Ed Wilson’s life as a teacher, a university provost, and an advocate for the humanities, both within the university and outside it.

Address to National Federation of State Councils

Good morning and thank you for the generous introduction and warm welcome.

I’d like to begin by thanking the Federation for the invitation to attend the conference and to speak to you this morning. I’ve learned a lot over the past few days, and I value this opportunity to talk about the humanities and about my hopes for the NEH.

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.

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

In this complicated world and in these challenging times, the arts and humanities enhance the character of our Nation.  The flash of insight that comes from watching a thought-provoking documentary or discovering a compelling novel sparks moments of joy, awe, and sorrow.  From symphonies that bring tragedy to life with long bow strokes to architecture that challenges the boundaries of the world around it, these works add texture to our lives and reveal something about ourselves.  During National Arts and Humanities Month, we reflect on the many ways the arts and humanities ha

Join NEH in Celebrating Constitution Day on September 17

WASHINGTON (September 16, 2014) — This year the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will join 25 other partners in celebrating Constitution Day on September 17 by taking part in a daylong program of events taking place around the country focusing on civics education and the role of civics in American life.