“We’ve got to tell the unvarnished truth.” —John Hope Franklin (NHC Fellow, 1980–82)
“Courage has nothing to do with our determination to be great. It has to do with what we decide in that moment when we are called upon to be more.” —Rita Dove (NHC Fellow, 1988–89)
Examining the Unvarnished Truth of Race-Based Violence
The National Humanities Center’s Statement Concerning the Killing of George Floyd
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. Read More
Dan T. Carter
John Hope Franklin
A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
Paula J. Giddings
Gerald Lyn Early
Humanities in Action
The centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment’s passage and ratification seems an apt occasion to reflect on the long and ongoing struggle to achieve equality for women and to consider how the ideals of women’s rights advocates remain unrealized.
Historian Marjorie Spruill leads this webinar tracing the history of the movement to gain voting rights for women.
“From the Underground to the Archive in Ten Years: Girl Zines, the 1990s, and the Challenge of Historical Narration”
In the early 1990s, dissident, non-conforming girls turned to self-publishing to express their deep dissatisfaction with conservative reaffirmations of normative femininity.
Books by Fellows
This watershed moment in transnational feminism launched a new generation of activist networks that spanned continents, ideologies, and generations.
This month’s Humanities Moments exhibit documents the legacies of women who’ve inspired us by breaking the rules, raising their voices, and changing the way we think about ourselves, about women, and about the role they’ve played in shaping our world.
Discovery & Inspiration
NHC Fellow Gretchen Murphy (2018–19) discusses the ways in which women writers have shaped and preserved the Federalist legacy in this podcast episode.
This webinar examines how we can use iconic symbols of southern womanhood to deepen our understanding of histories of race, class, and gender in American history.
Books by Fellows
One of numerous publications by NHC Fellows on women’s contributions as artists and thought leaders.
David K. Johnson (Fellow, 2014–15)
Gay commerce was not a byproduct but rather an important catalyst for the gay rights movement. Buying Gay explores the connections—and tensions—between the market and the movement.
Marixa Lasso (Fellow, 2013–14)
The Panama Canal was built at considerable cost to a way of life that had characterized the region for centuries. Marixa Lasso recovers the history of the Panamanian cities and towns that once formed the backbone of the republic.
Benjamin Kahan (Fellow, 2016–17)
Statue-fondlers, wanderlusters, nymphomaniacs, and sex magicians: the story of these forgotten sexualities—what Michel Foucault deemed “minor perverts”—has never before been told.
Cara Robertson (Fellow, 2004–05; Fellow, 2005–06)
The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.
This podcast features conversations with several recent Fellows whose scholarship deals with the Caribbean and its relation to the Atlantic slave trade as well as a birthplace for not only revolutionary democracy but reggae music.
NHC Fellow Laurent Dubois and musician Joe Newberry participated in a “musical conversation” exploring the fascinating history of the banjo and its links to the Caribbean.
Browse a collection of personal reflections from educators following their investigation of place and the relationship between human and physical geography.
This webinar situates British North American slavery in a broader Atlantic context.
Stories of migration are deeply woven into the cultural fabric of the United States. The experiences and contributions of immigrants have strengthened and diversified our communities, enriching small towns and big cities alike.
Laura Murphy, Fellow 2017–18
Though slavery may not take the exact forms it did in the nineteenth century, approximately 45.8 million persons in 167 countries endure modern forms of slavery.
Humanities In Action
With estimates suggesting there are over 1 million undocumented students in American classrooms, the issue of immigration is one that teachers across the country must contend with in a significant way.
Kunal Parker, Fellow 2014–15
In this podcast, scholar Kunal Parker helps frame the current discourse around immigration as it relates to legal history.