Public Programs and Events

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

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The Center’s Humanities in Action initiative highlights perspectives from leading humanists on compelling issues; provides ​​information about public policies affecting humanities research, education, and public programs; and supports humanities advocacy with a variety of tools and resources.

Preserving Democracy Against Dis-information

Proposed solutions to the “fake news” problem do little to address a more fundamental issue—a serious lack of critical media literacy.

over 1 million undocumented students in American classrooms

Undocumented Students in the Classroom

With estimates suggesting there are over 1 million undocumented students in American schools, immigration has become a significant issue for teachers.

No Time for Despair: Environmental Humanities as Action

At its best, humanities scholars’ work not only uncovers and interprets; it also facilitates understanding and mobilizes action on environmental issues.

Whose World? Whose History?

The recent controversy over changes to the AP World History curriculum highlights the pedagogical problems associated with world history.

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Humanities Moments

The Humanities Moments project is an ongoing effort to gather and share personal accounts of the ways the humanities illuminate our lives, help us better understand ourselves and each other, and allow us to more fully appreciate where we came from and where we are going.


Riots and the Rolling Stones

Parthenon Huxley describes growing up as a musically-minded expatriate in Greece in the 1960s and early 1970s.


The Currency of Emotional Intelligence

Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, 28th Chief Justice of the State of California, shares how the humanities helped her learn to celebrate and respect the stories and uniqueness of others.


Reclaiming Richmond

Historian Ed Ayers discusses how the sesquicentennial Civil War observances in Richmond, Virginia, drew upon the past to reimagine the future.

Finding Meaning in Art

Social studies teacher Michael Miragliuolo recalls an unexpected moment of understanding when encountering art from Southeast Asia.

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Center podcasts explore a range of fascinating topics and feature conversations with scholars discussing their work—the questions that intrigue and perplex them, the passion that drives them, and how their scholarship may change the ways we think about the world around us.


Discovery and Inspiration

Podcast Series

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?

PODCAST humans and the environment

Home Matters: Picturing and Understanding Place

Confronting contemporary challenges is impossible unless we understand the ways that humans interact with their environments and the repercussions those interactions have both locally and globally.

PODCAST the Caribbean and its relation to the Atlantic

Excursions: Revisiting the History of the Caribbean

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.


Infinity and Beyond

John H. Smith, Fellow 2017–18

This podcast traces the shifting understandings of the infinite across the long 18th century, with particular focus on German figures such as Leibniz and Hegel, as well as intellectual movements including Romanticism and the Enlightenment.

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The Center hosts an ongoing slate of events designed to explore important topics, showcase the work of scholars, and foster greater appreciation for the value of the humanities in our lives.

The Trial of Lizzie Borden

November 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Cara Robertson (Fellow 2004–05; 2005–06) will discuss one of the most famous trials in American history, offering not only a detailed account of events but a window into life in America’s Gilded Age.

Reclaiming My Time: Contemporary Women Artists of the Regional South

On Exhibit September 3–December 30, 2019

This exhibit addresses inequalities in the voices we hear and the lack of diversity in the images we see by recognizing the work of female artists working in the regional South.


Coastal Thinking: A Conversation

September 26, 2019

A public conversation with four leading scholars of environmental humanities and science discussing coastlines and cultures in the context of climate breakdown.

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Beyond Despair: Theory and Practice in Environmental Humanities

April 3–5, 2019

This unique three-day summit of environmental humanities scholars and experts from across the country featured a dynamic intersection between discussion, presentations, and exhibitions, grounded in practical site excursions.

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Many of the Center’s public events are made available via video streaming, and recordings may be found on the Center’s channels on YouTube and Vimeo along with other Center-produced content.


Remembering Mussolini: Fascism, Representation, and Memory in Post-War Italy

Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi and Mia Fuller, Fellows 2018–19

A fascinating discussion about the closing months of World War II and its aftermath, as Italians began coming to terms with the legacies of Fascism.


An Evening with Seymour Hersh

NHC Public Event

Seymour “Sy” Hersh, one of our nation’s most important investigative journalists, discusses his most recent book, Reporter: A Memoir.

VIDEO Operation Pied Piper

‘Vaccies Go Home!’: Evacuation, Psychoanalysis and Fiction in World War II Britain

Maud Ellmann, Fellow 2017–18

This talk examines how the 1931 evacuation of thousands of children to the British countryside came to influence psychoanalytic theories of the child and the depiction of children in wartime fiction.


Educating Citizens and Reforming Generations

Alan Taylor, Fellow 1993–94

Historian Alan Taylor discusses how republican reliance on popular sovereignty complicated efforts by elites to improve voters through education after the American Revolution.

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