News From the Center

Matthew Booker

National Humanities Center Selects New Vice President for Scholarly Programs

The National Humanities Center has announced the appointment of Matthew Booker as vice president for Scholarly Programs, effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Booker comes to the Center from North Carolina State University where he is currently associate professor of environmental history, serves as director of the Science, Technology & Society program and the Visual Narrative research cluster, and sits on the public history faculty. He was a Fellow at the Center in 2016–17.

National Humanities Center Announces 2020–21 Fellows

The National Humanities Center is pleased to announce the appointment of 33 Fellows for the academic year 2020–21. These leading scholars will come to the Center from universities and colleges in 15 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as from Canada, China, Germany, and Uganda. Each Fellow will work on an individual research project and will have the opportunity to share ideas in seminars, lectures, and conferences at the Center.

National Humanities Center Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the National Humanities Center has taken several steps to protect the health of its Fellows, staff, and visitors, as well as to ensure that the work of the Center continues during this challenging time. Recognizing the burdens placed on its Fellows, the Center’s staff has implemented a number of new policies and modes of support to help our scholars continue their research, including remote library and technical assistance.

Putting Coronavirus in Context: A History of Disease and Epidemics

Daily headlines inform us of the sweeping movement of the coronavirus. What can recent epidemics of SARS, Ebola, and Zika tell us about how to respond to this crisis? Students of all ages have questions about what is happening, and lessons from past epidemics can help us contextualize this current event. Join Dr. Mari Webel, assistant professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh in this webinar to learn about her work on the spread of diseases and epidemics. She shares her expertise in public health and how she teaches her students about the coronavirus.

Center Launches Redesigned Website

For more than 40 years, the National Humanities Center has supported groundbreaking work and helped disseminate knowledge to all those who want to learn, think more deeply, and understand the world in new ways. Now, with the launch of a new, redesigned website which includes enhanced search features and curated collections, visitors can more easily explore the wealth of resources available from the Center.

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NEH Grant to Fund Education Program on Southeast Asia

The National Humanities Center has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of a summer institute for teachers on Southeast Asia in the mid-twentieth century and events surrounding the Vietnam War. Set to take place July 20–31, 2020, Contested Territory: America’s Role in Southeast Asia, 1945–75 will involve thirty-six high school teachers selected from across the country who will spend two weeks at the Center working with scholars of Southeast Asia.

NHC Director Robert D. Newman Named Distinguished Alumnus at Penn State and UNC-Chapel Hill

On October 12, 2019, National Humanities Center President and Director Robert D. Newman will be honored as a distinguished alumnus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his Ph.D. in English. This follows closely on the heels of another honor Newman received in April when he was the inaugural recipient of a distinguished alumnus award from the Humanities Institute at Penn State.