Who We Are | National Humanities Center

Who We Are

front entrance to the National Humanities Center

The humanities help us understand and interpret the human experience, as individuals and societies.

The National Humanities Center is a private, nonprofit organization, and the only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities. The Center is supported by the generosity of individual donors, grants from private and public foundations, corporate philanthropy, and institutional sponsors—universities and academic organizations whose partnership specifically supports the Center’s fellowship program and public outreach efforts.

Through its Residential Fellowship Program, the Center provides scholars with the resources necessary to generate new knowledge and to further understanding of all forms of cultural expression, social interaction, and human thought.

The Center’s Education Programs strengthen teaching on the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Model programs developed at the Center provide teachers and faculty with new materials and instructional strategies to make them more effective in the classroom and rekindle their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach.

Through Public Engagement in the form of community lectures, panel discussions, symposia, and a rich multi-media library, the Center promotes understanding of the humanities and advocates for their foundational role in a democratic society.

Sponsors of the National Humanities Center


Burroughs Wellcome Fund
The Duke Endowment
Duke University
North Carolina State University
Princeton University
RTI International
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
North Carolina Humanities Council
Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Washington University in St. Louis
Yale University

  • Appalachian State University
  • Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University School of Arts & Sciences
  • Brigham Young University
  • Bucknell University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Columbia University Division of Arts and Sciences
  • Dartmouth College, Leslie Center for the Humanities
  • Davidson College
  • Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Fresno State University
  • Furman University
  • George Mason University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Hamilton College
  • Howard University
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Johns Hopkins University, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Macalester College
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Penn State Humanities Institute, Pennsylvania State University
  • Pomona College
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Reed College
  • Rice University School of Humanities
  • Smith College
  • Southwestern University
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stony Brook University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Texas A&M University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Texas Tech University College of Arts and Sciences
  • The New School
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Alabama, College of Arts and Sciences
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Humanities Center
  • Trinity University
  • United Negro College Fund
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Irvine, Humanities Center
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Humanities Division
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, College of Arts, Languages & Letters
  • University of Indiana College of Arts and Sciences
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas, Hall Center for the Humanities
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Memphis, Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Missouri–Kansas City
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
  • University of Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Forum
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tulsa
  • University of Utah College of Humanities
  • University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Wesleyan University
  • William Jewell College
  • Wittenberg University

The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.