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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
email: info@neh.gov

Recent News

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
NEH Chair William Adams and Deputy Chair Carole Watson at Best Places to Work aw

NEH named a "Best Place to Work" among small federal agencies

NEH named 4th among small federal agencies in annual "Best Places to Work" survey
FBI Missing poster: 1964. Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner

Slain Freedom Summer activists to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Slain civil rights workers, subjects of Freedom Summer documentary, will posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 24
Clement Alexander Price

Clement Alexander Price, 1945-2014

NEH mourns the passing of distinguished historian and advocate for the humanities, Clement Price
Pamela O. Long, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

NEH Grantees Named 2014 MacArthur Fellows

Scholars Pamela Long and Tara Zahra awarded MacArthur "Genius Grants"
June 30, 2015

Exhibit: The Griots of Oakland

This multimedia exhibition illuminates the brilliance, beauty, and humanity of African American young men and boys. Positioning them as the storytellers and praise-singers of their communities.

June 28, 2015

The Music of Irving Berlin

Learn about great American composer Irving Berlin's career, compositions and importance in shaping American popular thought in the 20th century. This presentation provides extensive musical excerpts to illustrate five periods of Irving Berlin's musical career. Each musical selection is accompanied by discussion of the historical context and cultural climate of the time.

June 27, 2015

Mark Twain: American Icon

Through his characters and stories, Twain single-handedly put American literature on the map. Ernest Hemingway was quoted as saying, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." Mark Twain lived many lifetimes in one, traveled much and entertained multitudes with his particular sense of humor. But that humor was borne on the back of great sorrow and many personal tragedies. He was irreverent, irascible, and had a razor-sharp wit. He is an American icon.

June 24, 2015

In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone

This presentation tells the life story of Daniel Boone by putting his life on the landscape and taking the audience to some of the 85 sites spread across 11 states where the life of America’s pioneer hero is commemorated with markers, monuments, plaques, statues, historic homes and replica forts.

June 22, 2015  to  July 11, 2015

Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat

About 75% of military work is considered non-combat. These roles rarely make the headlines, but are vital to every military operation. Exploring the non-combat roles of military service personnel, including work as beauticians, military police, dentists, mechanics, and photographers, this exhibit showcases an often overlooked but highly relatable side of military life.

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