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National Humanities Center Names Students for 2023–24 Leadership Council

The National Humanities Center has selected thirty-two undergraduates for its National Humanities Leadership Council. Nominated by faculty from colleges and universities across the country, these students will receive professional development and mentoring from leading scholars and other humanities professionals as well as research support, opportunities for networking, and access to NHC programming and expertise.


National Humanities Center Announces Sites for Inaugural “Being Human” Festival

Inspired by and undertaken in partnership with the United Kingdom’s “Being Human” Festival, this inaugural US version will include community-focused events in nine locations across the country. Each will highlight the ways that the humanities add depth and meaning to our lives, help us understand ourselves and one another, and provide context for the complex world around us.


Joanna Brooks Will Develop an Emerging Humanities Toolkit

The NHC is developing an emerging humanities toolkit with Joanna Brooks, associate vice president of faculty advancement and professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University, that features stories of faculty members and conversations around what counts in faculty career advancement.


National Humanities Center Board Welcomes New Member

At its recent meeting, the Board of Trustees of the National Humanities Center elected Daniela Bleichmar, professor of art history and history at the University of Southern California (USC), as the Center’s newest trustee. Bleichmar is also the founding director of the Levan Institute for the Humanities and director of the USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

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Robert D. Newman, NHC President and Director, Announces Retirement

After nine years at the helm of the National Humanities Center, President and Director Robert D. Newman has announced his retirement. He will step down as director in July 2024. Newman assumed leadership of the Center in 2015 and has overseen an array of initiatives expanding opportunities for humanities scholars and teachers.

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National Humanities Center Board Elects Chair, Other Officers

The board of trustees of the National Humanities Center has elected Porter Durham, who recently retired as managing partner of Global Endowment Management, as its new chairman. He succeeds Ben Vinson III, the newly appointed president of Howard University. Joining Durham as officers of the NHC's board are entrepreneur Rishi Jaitly, vice chairman; Karen Lawrence, president of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, secretary; and Raymond Wiacek, a partner at Jones Day, who was re-elected as treasurer.