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
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?
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.
October 13, 2021
In this Scholar-to-Scholar talk, Lorraine Daston (NHC Fellow, 2021–22) discusses how scientists began developing international collaborations and organizations in the late nineteenth century.
April 7–22, 2021
This conference included a series of virtual events highlighting perspectives from leading humanists, scientists, engineers, artists, writers, and executives collectively advancing inquiry into key emerging questions around artificial intelligence.
February 25, 2021
Looking at traditions from the ancient world to the modern era, three NHC Fellows discuss the nature of mentorship in different cultural contexts and how the concept of mentorship continues to resonate in contemporary classrooms.
February 24, 2021
Catherine M. Cole (NHC Fellow 2006–07) reveals how the voices and visions of artists in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo can help us see what otherwise evades perception from the injustices produced by apartheid and colonialism.
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.