News From the Center

Center Receives NEH Grant in Support of Fellowship Program

The National Humanities Center has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the Center’s residential fellowship program. The $390,000 NEH grant will be used to support the work of scholars conducting advanced humanities research at the Center over the course of the next three years.

The National Humanities Center’s Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Violence

The community of the National Humanities Center grieves the recent wave of anti-Asian violence in communities across the United States, including the mass murder of eight people in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2021. We condemn these acts of violence as well as the racism and xenophobia that motivate them, recognizing how such attitudes insinuate themselves into the fabric of our society, poison it, and produce suffering for untold victims of aggression and discrimination.

National Humanities Center Names 2020–21 Teacher Advisory Council

The National Humanities Center is pleased to announce the selection of twenty exceptional educators as members of its 2020–21 Teacher Advisory Council. These teachers, from school districts in fifteen states and the District of Columbia, will work with the Center’s education program staff in piloting, evaluating, and promoting materials and professional development offerings for the Center’s nationally recognized education programs.

NHC Announces New Humanities in Class Digital Library

The National Humanities Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Humanities in Class Digital Library, an Open Education Resources (OER) platform. The platform is available to educators, scholars, and independent learners seeking high quality educational content on a wide range of humanities topics and subject areas. The library provides free and open access to all of the National Humanities Center’s educational resources as well as thousands of resources contributed by partner organizations across the humanities landscape.

The National Humanities Center’s Statement Concerning the Killing of George Floyd

The National Humanities Center mourns the wrongful death of George Floyd, the most recent, public example of the injustice, brutality, and systemic racism suffered daily by African Americans across our nation. We join our voice with those who protest the mistreatment of George Floyd and so many others. And we rededicate ourselves to helping enact the change necessary to create a just and equitable society for all Americans.

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.