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.
September 21, 2023
Join the National Humanities Center, the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and UNC Global Affairs to enjoy an evening of conversation with award-winning journalist Jane Ferguson, reflecting on her career and sharing insights from her memoir.
In the wake of a global pandemic, amid festering social and political divisions, and with trust in higher education and other institutions ebbing, how might the humanities meaningfully improve life in twenty-first-century America?
April 11–14, 2022
This interdisciplinary conference considers the ways that knowledge drawn from humanities disciplines and methodologies can help identify the symptoms and causes of our malaise while guiding us toward a healthier, more caring future.
April 7–22, 2021
This conference examines issues surrounding the integration of AI through a series of virtual events highlighting perspectives from leading humanists, scientists, engineers, artists, writers, and executives collectively advancing inquiry into key emerging questions.
Blair L. M. Kelley (NHC Fellow, 2022–23), Tiffany Willoughby-Herard (NHC Fellow, 2022–23) and LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant discuss how our families teach us about being free and being unfree. How do our family stories help us think about scholarly knowledge-making?
The attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, was the most violent assault on democracy in modern American history. Nancy MacLean (NHC Fellow, 2008–09; 2021–22) explains how it was the product of decades of intentional cultivation.
The scholars in this series help us think about ways of encouraging, preserving, and restoring civility—through political and creative expression, in the courts, on the page, and on the screen—from the classical period to the modern era.
NHC Public Event
Seymour “Sy” Hersh, one of our nation’s most important investigative journalists, discusses his most recent book, Reporter: A Memoir.
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.
Paul Ushang Ugor (NHC Fellow, 2021–22)
One of the most influential figures in Nigerian filmmaking is the writer, director, and producer Femi Odugbemi, whose work encourages public awareness of political and ethical issues across Africa.
Maggie M. Cao (NHC Fellow, 2021–22)
By examining nineteenth-century American landscape paintings, we can trace how complex attitudes about cultural relations were represented and disseminated to a wider public.
Humanities in Action
In a pluralistic society committed to personal freedom, how can the humanities help us take action to ensure the common good?
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?
In recognition of National Poetry Month, this exhibit highlights the power of poetry to orient readers in disorienting times. Whether the length of an epic or just a few verses, poetry estranges the familiar rhythm and feeling of our words and gives us new ways to tell the stories we use to make sense of our world.
“As I watched colors and paint strokes slowly morphing one painting turned into another, for the first time, art moved me in ways I never experienced before. By magnifying details that I would never normally see, I finally understood why art is so powerful.”
“This moment taught me the importance of identity and that how we communicate our identities can impact how we are perceived and adapt our identities in society.”
A high school social studies teacher shares how a PBS television series encouraged him to pursue his passions and turn to the humanities to help him make sense of the world around him.