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.
May 21, 2022
This panel discussion is presented as part of the Consortium of Humanities Centers & Institutes 2022 Conference.
April 11–14, 2022
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to consider the ways that knowledge drawn from humanities disciplines and methodologies can inform and help address the ongoing crisis in healthcare.
March 8, 2022 at 7pm ET
In this virtual book talk, Andrew Jewett reconstructs a century of battles over the cultural implications of science in the U.S., with repercussions that continue to affect everyday life in the current moment.
November 2021–May 2022
The National Humanities Center is pleased to present a series of engaging monthly talks featuring recently published books by NHC Fellows on a variety of topics.
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.
Mia Bay (NHC Fellow, 2009–10)
From stagecoaches and trains to buses, cars, and planes, Traveling Black explores when, how, and why racial restrictions took shape and brilliantly portrays what it was like to live with them.
Alan Taylor (NHC 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.
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.
Gregg Mitman (NHC Fellow, 2020–21; 2004–05)
Ecological, economic, political, and social forces have turned regions of west Africa into profitable sites of natural resource extraction, productive enclaves of biomedical research, and hot zones for pandemic threats.
John McGowan (NHC Fellow, 2017–18)
Literature—specifically comedy—can help us recognize our shared humanity and help us find ways to transcend our differences.
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?
The final months of the year provide a chance to reflect on what connects us to one another. By participating in trans-generational acts of memory and storytelling, we can bring humanities moments to life and ensure they will be passed into the future.
The more we learn about divinity, the more we learn about our own transcendence and significance. The closer we get to our reality, the closer we get to unraveling the mystery of divinity.
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.