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William “Bro” Adams Confirmed as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2014) — The United States Senate today voted to confirm William D. “Bro” Adams as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Adams is expected to begin as Chairman in the coming days. Founded in 1965, the National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making institution of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Humanities Council Alum, Veteran, and Literature & Medicine Facilitator Receives Teaching Award

Dr. Peter Caulfield, professor of Language and Literature at UNC Asheville, served on the board of trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council from 1998–2004. More recently, Caulfield has served as facilitator for the Humanities Council's Literature & Medicine program at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, guiding literature discussions among VA healthcare professionals.

Call for Submission: 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award - Deadline July 15

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The postmark deadline for submissions is July 15, 2014. There is no entry fee.

The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given annually by the Humanities Council for previously unpublished writing that portrays North Carolina, its people, and cultures. While authors do not have to be North Carolinians, entries are expected to draw on North Carolina connections and/or memories.

2014 Call for Trustee Nominations

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites nominations for Humanities Council trustees. Candidates must be North Carolina residents committed to advancing the 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.

Humanities Funding Still in Recovery from Recession

June 19, 2014

Total funding for humanities research, education, and programs in the U.S. still below pre-recession levels, according to a new report released today by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

The report, The State of the Humanities: Funding 2014, gathers data on the array of funding sources, large and small, that underwrite the humanities, revealing that federal, state, and private support to the humanities are still recovering from the recession.

Railroad & Work Songs: 2014 Theme for RiddleFest in the Appalachians

RiddleFest, presented annually by Traditional Voices Group, honors native son and musician Lesley Riddle, who played a critical role in the development and early practice of American country music. This year's celebration, June 21 and 22, focuses on railroad and work songs of the southern Appalachian Mountains through a variety of programs and performances in Burnsville NC and at the Historic Orchard at Altapass off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Spruce Pine.

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

From Civil War to Civil Rights: The African American Experience at Poplar Grove

Poplar Grove, the historic plantation in Wilmington, NC, is announcing its inaugural exhibit and lecture series for 2014! Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, Poplar Grove Foundation will install a new, permanent exhibit on African American history.

Humanities Council Re-imagines Grant-making

Over the past forty-two years, the North Carolina Humanities Council's large-grant program has provided more than $9 million state-wide to support programming that explores the literature, history and cultures of North Carolina. This year, the Council is launching an initiative to re-imagine the grant-making process.

Council Awards 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award and Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

Steve Lautermilch of Kill Devil Hills, NC has been awarded the 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award for his collection of poems "Where Waters Meet." Also, the Council awarded the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to Road Scholar Kevin Duffus for his extensive work exploring NC's maritime history. Both awards were presented at the 2013 Caldwell Award ceremony in Charlotte on October 10.