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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

The National Endowment for the Humanities 50th Anniversary Honored on Capitol Hill

Congressman Lance and Price o-hosted an event on Capitol Hill to showcase the impact NEH’s grants have made on this country

National Endowment for the Humanities and Cultural Preservation After Hurricane Katrina

NEH grants help preserve valuable cultural treasures in the wake of natural disaster and provide training for cultural heritage caretakers in disaster preparedness
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Don't Make History, History

In an op-ed, NEH Chairman Adams argues that knowing and teaching history is vital
December 17, 2015

Defending Your Voice: Teaching Soldiers How to Tell Their Stories

For the past year, author Shawn Wong, along with a team of teachers in the Red Badge Project, has been teaching veterans at Joint Base Lewis-McChord how to construct the stories of their lives in writing. Through the project, soldiers are able to translate and articulate their lives away from home, their experiences and their traumas to themselves, their families and a wider audience. Whether the narrative voice on the page is in the first person non-fiction voice of the soldier/writer or a surrogate fictional voice, the goal is the same – to be heard and understood. Wong will discuss what he has learned from this program and how communities and soldiers might learn to share, hear and understand the stories of our veterans.

December 17, 2015

Water World: Canoes, Canals, and the Meaning of Water in Ancient Florida

Dugout canoes hewn from massive logs of pine and cypress, canoe canals designed and dug by hand, and indigenous canoe trails and routes along Florida’s coast and through the interior marshes and swamps provide some clues about the significance of water in the ancient world. Archaeologists, however, have been slow to embrace the centrality of water in ancient Florida, where it served as a conduit for communication and exchange and as a source of food, but also as an organizing principle that underlies aspects of social, political, and religious spheres.

December 16, 2015

A Visit With Queen Victoria

Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal.

December 15, 2015  to  March 13, 2015

People's Lives: A Photographic Celebration of the Human Spirit

People’s Lives turns its viewers into world travelers whenever they pause to take in a picture.

December 14, 2015

History in your Backyard

Treaty disputes, internment camps, immigration, and destruction of natural habitats- in your backyard! These are just a few of the global events that have touched relatively small and protected Oyster Bay since the mid 18th century. LLyn De Danaan delights in unearthing the sometimes surprising histories of the people who have occupied Oyster Bay. In this interactive presentation she shares her methods and findings, and the value of such work. She talks about Native Americans, Japanese Americans, and European Americans who have lived and worked on Oyster Bay and who have each helped to develop not only its shellfish industry, but also its living history.

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