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Councils in the "Public Square"

Featured Council Programs

Eight councils awarded NEH Humanities in the Public Square grants totaling more than $1.4 million to conduct public programs examining contemporary community issues using the humanities.


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Humanities and Film

Featured Council Programs

In honor of the 2016 NEH Jefferson Lecture with award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, we are highlighting council-supported documentaries across the country. From Native American history, language preservation and cultural traditions to the economy, literature and conservation, councils are exploring what it means to be an American.


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The Pulitzer Prizes Centennial - Campfires Initiative

A National Initiative

Council campfires are warming the nation with more than 120 events already completed across 55+ cities and towns. The Spotlight on Pulitzer page is currently showcasing May events and a ticker tracking events, communities, partners and coverage generated from this initiative.


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The 2015 Schwartz Prize Winners: California, Maryland, Montana

Award Presentation

Council programs win for veteran, community, and rural programs that demonstrated innovative ways to reach local communities and the public


Our Work

Advocating Support for the Humanities

Articulating the benefits of the councils and importance of the humanities to Congress, national organizations, and the nation.

Discover Why the Humanities Matter

Connecting the Humanities Community

Uniting our members and the humanities community through events, partnerships, conversations, and national initiatives.

Learn About What We Do

Supporting and Serving Our Members

Strengthening the councils through services, information sharing, and tools to aid in advocacy, communication, management, and fundraising.

See What Our Members Are Doing

Featured Programs – Documentary Films!


Latest News


MAY FEATURE: Humanities Documentaries

May 5, 2016

Through the use of documentary films, councils across the country are reaching new audiences and sharing previously untold stories of our nation in ways that challenge our understanding of history while promoting community engagement.

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VIRGINIA FOUNDATION FOR THE HUMANITIES PRESS RELEASE: April 20th Screening of Groundbreaking Film Romeo and Juliet in Harlem will Celebrate Shakespeare’s Genius and Impact

April 19, 2016

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Virginia Film Festival, Virginia Shakespeare Initiative, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, and Lifeview Marketing will present Romeo and Juliet in Harlem, a feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s most popular play.

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Federation Board of Directors

July Board Meeting

July 15 -17, 2016  |  Denver, CO

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