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Duke University to Host Poetry Reading to Honor Seamus Heaney

Join the Office of the President and the English Department at Duke University  for a poetry reading to celebrate the life and work of Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney (1939-2013).The reading will be held from 4:30  to 5:30 p.m. on October 1 in  the Goodson Chapel in the Westbook Building on Duke's East Campus.
Readers will include President Richard H.

Paula Watkins Joins the North Carolina Humanities Council as Executive Director

Paula Watkins has joined the North Carolina Humanities Council as executive director. Prior to being at the North Carolina Humanities Council, she served as Assistant Director and South Carolina Book Festival Director at The Humanities Council SC.

“Paula is a creative and inspirational communicator, and someone who understands the culture of the humanities and our mission in the life our state," says Cynthia Brodhead, chair of the trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Kevin Duffus to Receive the 2013 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, has chosen Kevin Duffus of Raleigh to receive the 2013 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities.

North Carolina Humanities Council Grants $44,952 in Funding Statewide

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $44,952 in grants for projects in the humanities. All funded programs are free and open to the public.

Projects supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council are vital to its commitment to serve as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. Through grants and public programs, the Humanities Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

President Obama Awards 2012 National Humanities Medals

This week  President Obama presented 12 outstanding humanists with National Humanities Medals.  The medal, inaugurated in 1997, honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities. Up to 12 medals can be awarded each year.

Sally Dalton Robinson and Russell M. Robinson II to Receive the 2013 John T. Caldwell Award for the Humanities

The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, have chosen North Carolinians Sally Dalton Robinson and Russell M. Robinson II as the recipients of the 2013 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s most prestigious public humanities honor.

Winter-Spring 2013 North Carolina Conversations: Carl Sandburg's North Carolina Connection

The latest issue of North Carolina Conversations is now online! Featured on the cover is Carl Sandburg, literary and political great, at his North Carolina mountain home Connemara.

"The Heart of the Matter": Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences Releases Report to Congress

The Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences has released The Heart of the Matter. This report, requested in 2011 by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Representatives Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin) and David Price (D-North Carolina), seeks to advance a dialog on the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the future of our nation.

The Heart of the Matter identifies three goals and thirteen broad recommendations for advancing the humanities and social sciences in America:

“The Hair-Do Project” Brings Together Greensboro Community around Hair

"The Hair-Do Project," a North Carolina Humanities Council mini-grant funded project, presented Greensboro Gets Tangled Up: A Photo and Film Exhibit, Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) in Greensboro. Hundreds crowded into the community center which helps homeless and near-homeless individuals get back on their feet.

Call for Submissions for the 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The postmark deadline for submissions is August 15, 2013. 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.