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: 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)

PROGRAM: What’s Your Why? Podcast Series


Ongoing – [podcast] Bringing the people, stories, and thoughts behind the scholars at the council’s events to everyone. Join Emy DiGrappa in conversation with these “superstars of the humanities!” (Resource)

PROGRAM: Worldwide Reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Sept. 6, 2017 – [Charlottesville] The Virginia council participated in a worldwide reading initiative to read the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights launched by the International Literature Festival Berlin. (Event)

PROGRAM: Traveling Teacher Workshops


Ongoing – [statewide] Workshops that focus on K-12 American history curriculum topics, particularly how they relate to local and regional history. (Workshop)

PROGRAM: Celebration of the Humanities

Rhode Island

Oct. 15, 2017 – [Providence] The 2017 Celebration of the Humanities’ theme is “Proximity” and will honor individuals and organizations for their achievements, creativity, and scholarship who draw upon the power of the humanities to bridge communities and build understanding. (Award)

PROGRAM: Route 1 Reads

Rhode Island

Ongoing – [statewide] A reader’s way to travel! Join readers as they read up the East Coast following the 2017 theme of memoirs and biographies. The book selected to represent Rhode Island is American Jezebel by Eve LaPlante. (Reading and Discussion)