What Are The Public Humanities?

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Below is a searchable database featuring council programs and grant opportunities. If you see a program you like, click on it to learn more. Check out some of our recent initiatives, such as the Bill of Rights partnership with the National Archives or The Campfires Initiative, a partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes to celebrate its 100th anniversary. You can also filter the database by audience, subject, and council.


The Pulitzer Prizes Centennial

Campfires Initiative

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the state humanities councils partnered with The Pulitzer Prizes to launch a series of "Campfires" across the nation. These events brought more than 200 Pulitzer Prize-winning individuals in person to more than 700 public events, with hundreds of thousands more tuning in digitally.


Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights and You!

Partnership with The National Archives

To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives and the Federation partnered to present "The Bill of Rights and You," a pop-up exhibit on the creation of the first ten amendments and their continuing impact today. In total, 35 councils distributed more than 1,300 pop-up exhibits to venues across the country.


Current Initiatives
National Partners
Local Partners

PROGRAM: Think & Drink


Charlottesville, VA – [think & drink, community conversation] Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. These conversations are facilitated by experts in related fields and are free to the public. (General)

PROGRAM: Indigenous Dance – Restoring Our Environment: Dancing Earth in Guam


Guam – [performance, talk] An intertribal Guam dance company dedicated to preserving the indigenous Chamoru culture, the unique island environment, and cross-cultural sharing and exchange. Tour will feature two free community performances and talk events and goes from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14.

PROGRAM: Governor’s Humanities Awards

Northern Mariana Islands

Statewide, NMI – [award] An annual program held in conjunction with the Office of the Governor that recognizes outstanding contributions to the humanities by individuals and organizations. (Community Members)

PROGRAM: 100 Faces of War


Statewide – In recognition of the importance of the humanities both in helping Americans to understand the experiences of service members and in assisting veterans as they return to civilian life, the council has partnered with the Smithsonian Institute to bring the acclaimed “100 Faces of War” exhibit to Florid in 2018-19. Venues are still being selected. Apply today! (Traveling Exhibit)

PROGRAM: Humanities Educators Award


Every October in conjunctions with Arts and Humanities Month, the council honors outstanding humanities instructors at state institutions for higher learning with the Humanities Educators Award. Each nominees receives a cash award and is asked to prepare and deliver a public lecture on a humanities subject during the months of October or November. (Award, Lecture)

PROGRAM: Cora Norman Lecture


Jackson, MS – The Cora Norman Lecture was established by the council to honor its founding executive director. Dr. Ibram X Kendi, professor of history and international relations at American University in Washington, DC presents this year’s lecture, which is free and open to the public. (Lecture)

PROGRAM: Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War


Statewide – To commemorate 50 years since the escalation of US involvement in the Vietnam War, the Kansas Humanities Council is launching a multidimensional, statewise oral history project in partnership with the Library of Congress. $1,500 available for local partner organizations. (Grant Opportunity, Oral History)

PROGRAM: Annual Dinner

New Hampshire

Manchester, NH – [lecture, dinner] New Hampshire Humanities’ only fundraiser which supports hundreds of free public programs that bring residents together to explore essential questions of meaning and value. Renowned author and scientist, Dr. Steven Pinker, will present the keynote address at this year’s New Hampshire Humanities’ annual dinner. (General Audience)

PROGRAM: The Vietnam War – Community Conversations

New Hampshire

Sept. 10-14, 2017 – [multiple locations] New Hampshire Humanities and New Hampshire Public Television presents five preview screenings of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Nowick’s documentary, The Vietnam War, along with facilitated conversations.
(Community Conversation)

PROGRAM: Learn to Lead Reflective Discussions


Oct. 2017 – [Portland] A two-day workshop training attendees on how to lead conversations about vital issues and ideas across different beliefs and backgrounds. (Workshop)

PROGRAM: Mississippi Book Festival


Aug. 2017 – [Jackson] Third annual book festival on the state capitol featuring 150 authors who will discuss their works, along with a number of other events. (Festival)

PROGRAM: Conversation on Racial and Ethnic Harmony


Ongoing – [Little Rock] The council explores issues of race as the 16th anniversary of the Little Rock Central Highschool crisis approaches. Programs include a conversation series, film screenings, panels, and a student workshop and history tour. (Varies)

GRANT: Digital Initiative


Ongoing – [statewide] Georgia Humanities is partnering with Emory Center for Digital Scholarship to provide grants up to $2,000 for nonprofits and other organizations to develop and promote walking/driving tour mobile apps. (Grant Opportunity)

PROGRAM: The Alabama Colloquium


Oct. 2, 2017 – [Birmingham] Join Alabama Humanities Foundation as they transform its annual awards event into the Alabama Colloquium that will recognize and induct an inaugural class of fellows. The Colloquium will be moderated by NPR’s Michel Martin. (Award Ceremony)

PROGRAM: Traveling Exhibitions


Ongoing- [statewide] Traveling exhibitions ranging from the Texas Declaration of Independence to the art of El Greco. (Exhibition)