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See All the Ways the National Endowment for the Humanities is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary!

Beginning September 29, the National Endowment for the Humanities will celebrate a half-century of funding excellence in the humanities. To mark the occasion, we've created a special anniversary website highlighting 50 NEH-supported grant projects for the 50th, available here.

Be sure to also check out our special 50th Anniversary issue of Humanities magazine.

In addition, we'll be meeting with friends, partners, stakeholders and state councils at events taking place nationwide from August 2015 through autumn 2016.

August 12, 2015
Pell Humanities Initiative Evening Event
Newport, Rhode Island

September 17, 2015
HBCU/Honoring Dr. Francis/Hill Event
Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, DC

September 25-26, 2015
Loyola-Baltimore 50th Anniversary Symposium
Baltimore, Maryland

September 29, 2015 (Anniversary Day), 1:00 PM EDT
NEH Digital Event – International Tweet-up (“I Love the humanities because…”)
Online worldwide

September 30, 2015
Aspen Institute Roundtable Discussion with Chairman Adams and Philip Kennicott
Washington, DC

October 10, 2015
Phi Beta Kappa 2015 Triennial Council
Denver, Colorado

October 14, 2015
In Performance at the White House (Evening Taping)
Washington, DC

October 20, 2015
Association of American Universities & Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities/Hill Event
Washington, DC

October 23, 2015
Michigan State University’s NEA & NEH 50th Anniversary Celebration
East Lansing, Michigan

October 27, 2015
Howard Lecture: “The Common Good and NEH at 50”, Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

October 29, 2015
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Champagne, Illinois

October 31, 2015
Chicago Humanities Festival
Chicago, Illinois

November 5, 2015
Community College Humanities Association
Phoenix, Arizona

November 7, 2015
Federation of State Humanities Councils
St. Louis, Missouri

November 12, 2015
Cal Humanities 50th Celebration
Oakland, California

November 15, 2015
NEH 50th Celebration, Colby College
Waterville, Maine

November 16, 2015
Princeton Celebrates NEH at 50
Princeton, New Jersey

November 18, 2015
All Staff Event
Washington, DC

December 4, 2015
Council of Graduate Schools
Seattle, Washington

December 7, 2015
LBJ Library Celebration
Austin, Texas

January 8, 2016
In Performance at the White House (Telecast)
PBS nationwide

May 9, 2016
Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
Washington, DC

June 23-28, 2016
ALA Annual Conference
Orlando, Florida

September 14-17, 2016
University of Virginia Humanities Symposium
Charlottesville, Virginia

NEH I Heart the Humanities postcard

If you feel the urge to tell NEH why you love the humanities download this PDF or JPG and post it on social media. Be sure to tag the NEH twitter handle @NEHgov and use the hastag #NEHturns50.

Download PDF (25 KB)

NEH 50th Anniversary Badge JPG (388 KB)

Need a NEH Refresher Course?

What are the humanities?

"The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life."

--National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended

Where do NEH grants go?

NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars.

Register Now for the 50th Digital Event

When you register, you will receive a reminder before the 29th to participate