The Center promotes understanding of the humanities and highlights their vital role in a vibrant, democratic society through a variety of public programs and initiatives, podcasts, and events.
Humanities in Action
What role do the humanities play in resolving conflicts, establishing justice, and fostering unity?
We must pay attention to those whose experiences of the academy have been shaped by encounters with racial bias if we are to have hope of correcting it.
How do we balance our pursuit of a more just and equitable society with our desire to protect freedom of expression?
What role do the humanities play in confronting a crisis like COVID-19?
On her way to one of the world’s most famous collections of paper documents, Mitra Sharafi (NHC Fellow, 2020–21) was shown another kind of artifact from the past.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have left their indelible imprint on American history and culture. This exhibit focuses on the experiences, contributions, and cultural legacies of the Asian Pacific diaspora.
Contributors to this collection reflect on the long, and often overlooked, history of racial inequality with an eye towards how the humanities can help overcome past injustices.
In this collection of moments, contributors imagine home as a place, a feeling, a set of relationships, and as a site of learning and personal growth.
Janny HC Leung (Fellow, 2020–21)
The evolution of standards and practices around digital discourse has the potential to reshape the concept of free speech as we know it.
Ted Underwood (Fellow, 2018–19)
Underwood discusses his research using algorithmic models to better understand fiction from the nineteenth century to the present.
What makes scholars so passionate about the subjects they pursue? What is it like for them to make a new discovery? To answer a confounding question? And what can we learn by taking the time to ask scholars about the research they are doing?
A series of virtual audio journeys through the intellectual woods, surveying some of the compelling topics being studied by historians and philosophers, scholars of literature, art, and other fields who come to the Center from all over the world.
April 7–21, 2021
A virtual conference exploring the critical intersection between the humanities and artificial intelligence.
February 25, 2021
Three scholars discuss the nature of mentorship in different cultural contexts and how the concept of mentorship continues to resonate in contemporary classrooms.
February 3–24, 2021
The scholars in this series help us think about ways of encouraging, preserving, and restoring civility from the classical period to the modern era.
September 30–October 28, 2020
This series of the National Humanities Center’s popular virtual book club examines our democracy—its history, accomplishments, failings, and current challenges.
Though these three scholars focus on different periods and places, their work illuminates the myriad ways that racism and systemic injustice affect us all.
Moderated by William Ferris
Ferris, esteemed Southern folklorist and former chairman of the NEH, talks with photographers Joel Elliott and Richard Schramm about their experiences traveling around the region taking pictures.
Alan Taylor (Fellow, 1993–94)
In the wake of the American Revolution, republican reliance on popular sovereignty complicated efforts by elites to improve voters through education.
NHC Public Event
Seymour “Sy” Hersh, one of our nation’s most important investigative journalists, discusses his most recent book, Reporter: A Memoir.