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Office of Communications and Public Affairs

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs represents the National Endowment for the Humanities in communications with the media and members of the public. Its mission is to disseminate information about NEH grant programs and products and to promote the importance of the humanities our country’s cultural advancement and in enriching the lives of its citizens.

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs publishes news releases and other information, works with the news media to keep them informed of the work of the agency and its grantees, manages the agency’s website and social media, and publishes announcements of NEH grants. The office also responds to media requests, arranges interviews with NEH staff, and coordinates major NEH public events, including the National Humanities Medals and the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

To reach NEH’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, please contact:

telephone: 202-606-8446

Recent News

Chairman Adams speaking at a congressional breakfast for National History Day

Don't Make History, History

In an op-ed, NEH Chairman Adams argues that knowing and teaching history is vital

Out of Many, One

Colleges can't just create technicians when they must also create citizens
George Washington's first state of the union address, manuscript notes

Wordsmithing the State of the Union

NEH grantee applies data visualization to State of the Union addresses to track how the words presidents use reflect historical concerns
August 31, 2015

Hollywood in the Heartland

Celebrate Iowa’s legacy with the silver screen throughout history. See how Iowa has been portrayed on-screen in films like State Fair, The Music Man, Cold Turkey, Field of Dreams, The Bridges of Madison County, and others you may not have seen. Meet the people who have made an impression on-screen and behind the scenes like John Wayne, Donna Reed and Jean Seberg, leading up to recent film stars like Tom Arnold, Ashton Kutcher, Brandon Routh and more.  From the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City to the Adler in Davenport, uncover the beauty of historic theaters and their role in communities across the state.

August 30, 2015

Grass Between the Rails

The program celebrates Iowa’s railroad heritage with a unique blend of stories and original folk songs about the development of railroads in Iowa. The subjects cover events of national importance such as the race across Iowa to connect with the transcontinental railroad to the West, and local history, including the poor service offered by the “Slow Norwegian.”

August 29, 2015

Westward Ho, Nevada, a talk by Frank X. Mullen

Frank X. Mullen is the Reno-based newspaperman known for his hard-hitting investigative pieces. He broke stories about rural cancer clusters, dangerous Nevada doctors, and toxic clouds generated by burning munitions in Lassen County. In addition, he is the author of The Donner Party Chronicles: A Day-By-Day Account of a Doomed Wagon Train. Frank teaches journalism classes at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR); lectures about the history of the Silver State; and regularly performs in the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua and other Chautauqua venues nationwide.

August 27, 2015

The Anti-Slavery Movement in Black and White

Explore the history behind the anti-slavery movement in northern Illinois and examine the criteria historians use to separate fact from fiction.

August 25, 2015

Roebling in Wartime

History exhibit exploring the role played by the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company as a defense contractor during World Wars I and II and the effect of those conflicts on the company and its workforce.

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