The trustees and staff of the National Humanities Center mourn the passing of trustee emeritus John P. Birkelund, who died on May 10 at the age of 88 in New Canaan, CT. Mr. Birkelund, the former chairman and CEO of Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., was as a trustee of the Center from 1992–2004, serving as chairman from 1996–2004. His legacy at the Center continues in many ways, including through the Birkelund fellowship which he endowed.
National Humanities Center Receives NEH Grant to Foster Better Understanding of the Experience of Military Families
The NHC has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a new project training educators with military backgrounds to use literature to improve their students’ and communities’ understanding of the experience of veterans and their families. The grant will help fund a weeklong institute at the Center for thirty educators from communities in North Carolina and Virginia. The participants will work with literary scholars during the institute to devise educational programs for their classrooms and communities to be implemented over the course of the following year.
This scholarly roundtable, featuring Center Fellows in conversation with NHC President and Director Robert D. Newman, explored the important role for humanists in ongoing public discourse about climate change. Touching on topics such as environmental justice and indigenous peoples, the economic history and lasting legacies of deforestation in Latin America, and the shift in demand for fossil fuels to support global military conflicts, these scholars discussed how the human element must be accounted for as we struggle to shape climate policies for the twenty-first century.
Contemporary thinking in fields from political ethics to psychology has been shaped by the writings of Thomas Aquinas, but his model of the mind has been ignored or misunderstood by scholars. In this podcast, Fellow Thérèse Cory reminds us why Aquinas’ relevance extends across disciplines and centuries, and advocates putting him back into conversation with his scholarly influences.
Monday, June 17, 6:30 pm
Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus
Masterfully weaving together elements of documentary and drama, Citizen Lane delivers a vivid and captivating portrait of art collector Hugh Lane, one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in modern Irish history. Art historian Morna O'Neill from Wake Forest University, who was a Fellow at the Center in 2012–13, is the author of the new book Hugh Lane: The Art Market and the Art Museum, 1893–1915. She will introduce the film and host a post-screening Q&A.
March 4–June 30, 2019
When faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, a common human response is to fall into a resigned paralysis. Moving past this feeling of helplessness is a crucial step for the future of our planet. One of the first steps in the transition from frightened bystanders to impassioned advocates is to foster a personal kinship with the world around us. The artists in this exhibition explore relationships with nature in many ways, from meditations on what we have and stand to lose, to evidence of the impacts we have already made on our environment.
Exhibition Reception and Panel Discussion: Wednesday, March 27, 6:00–8:00 p.m.