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Office of Communications 

The Office of Communications 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 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, please contact:

telephone: 202-606-8446
email: communications[at]neh[dot]gov

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Recent News

William Theodore de Bary

Remembering William Theodore de Bary

Professor of Asian studies and recipient of the 2013 National Humanities Medal
National History Day

Thirty Middle and High School Students Named National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars at 2017 National History Day

Thirty middle and high school students named National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars at 2017 National History Day
Dr. Philip Gossett, "Verdi: Uncensored," September 25, 2013

Remembering Philip Gossett

A distinguished musicologist whose scholarly work transformed the way opera is studied, performed, and perceived.
Frank Deford and President Obama

Remembering Frank Deford

The National Humanities Medalist revealed the humanity in the games we love.
September 30, 2017

Religious Liberty in America

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution dictates that Congress “shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. In Arizona, we’ve been confronted with this question in recent years because of public debates over women’s reproductive rights and proposals to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

September 29, 2017

Immigrants and the American Dream

The United States of America has long touted itself as a land of immigrants and has grown phenomenally from migration since its beginnings in an ever expanding global economy. Yet the source and substance of immigration have been topics of continuous debate. How do domestic conditions, regional competitions, geopolitics, and foreign policy affect the discourse about who could and should become an American?  How do immigrants become Americans?  How do immigrants affect American vitality?   

Join us for a Frank Talk to ponder the question, what does it mean to be an American.

September 27, 2017

The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s–1930s

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition looks at early Texas buildings for information about settlers' visions of community and progress and their accommodation to the physical demands and economic realities of everyday life.

September 21, 2017

Racial Literacy and Social Media

Many parents and educators avoid conversations about race and racism with their children and students, yet young people are regularly exposed to images, stories, videos and statements that reflect racial societal attitudes. This exposure often comes through social media, such as YouTube videos, tweets, Facebook posts and Tumblr blogs.

September 20, 2017

Southern Arizona Cemeteries

Throughout the ages we humans have had a need to mark the time and place where people make the final stop on their journey from this world to the next. Sometimes it is a simple cross on rock covered earth while others are elaborate tombstones which tell something of the lives of their residents. There is probably nothing so poignant as a tiny tombstone marking the death of a child whose duration on earth is measured from a few minutes to a few years.

Posted: August 17, 2017 Award-winning Author Kwame Alexander will headline local black book festival
Moultrie News, SC

Alexander believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his Writing Workshop. A regular speaker at schools and conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world—including Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, and recently, Ghana—planting seeds of literary love.

“We are thrilled that Kwame, one of the most inspiring authors in America today, will join us for our second festival,” announced Brittany Mathis, director of the Charleston Friends of the Library, one of the sponsors of the festival. Other sponsors include the South Carolina Humanities, the YWCA of Greater Charleston, the YMCA of Greater Charleston, the Avery Research Center, CharlestonGood, and the Lagunitas Brewing Company .

South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors

Posted: August 17, 2017 A creative collaboration results in a $150,000 grant to chronicle Brattleboro's publishing and literary history
The Commons, Vermont

Earlier this month, The National Endowment for the Humanities chose Brattleboro as the site for a new $150,000 multi-year “Creating Humanities Communities” matching grant to illuminate and share greater Brattleboro area’s rich history of words — stories, literature, publishing, printing — with a goal of cultivating a greater sense of place for those who live, work, play, and raise families here, as well as to attract and inform visitors.

Posted: August 16, 2017 Prof. Bay-Cheng Gets NEH Grant to Teach Digital Technologies in Theater Studies
Bowdoin College News

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor of Theater and Dance Sarah Bay-Cheng will be heading to the campus of the University of Georgia next June to teach other theater professors how to get the most out of digital technologies.

Bay-Cheng and her colleague from UGA, David Saltz, have been awarded a grant to co-direct the NEH Institute on Digital Technologies in Theater and Performance Studies. The two- week program will introduce theater and performance faculty to the ways in which digital culture is transforming their field, and help them expand their knowledge and expertise.

I’m excited about this grant because it speaks to the growing significance of digital scholarship in theater and performance studies and I believe it will help to enhance and expand research in this area.” said Bay-Cheng.

Posted: August 16, 2017 Missoula College To Offer Course On Veterans Studies
Newstalk KGVO, Montana,

There are many college courses offered specifically for veterans, but not many about veterans.

That will change in the spring semester at Missoula College with a new course on veterans studies, made possible by a $97,000 grant from the National Endowment For The Humanities.

Associate Dean Clint Reading said the idea came from a retired officer with the U.S. Army who is studying for her doctorate at the University of Montana.

“We were approached by a grad student at the University of Montana, Lt. Col. Elizabeth Barrs, who came to us from Eastern Kentucky University, where she had been teaching a very similar course. So, she’s here now and working on a PhD, and  is very keen on keeping that research going. She approached us and we found a grant and the ball got rolling.”

Reading said the course will look at the history of U.S. military veterans, from the Revolutionary War to the present Gulf War conflicts.

Posted: August 16, 2017 Whidbey loses iconic, respected community newspaperman
Whidbey News-Times

One of the great community newspapermen died Aug. 12 in his hometown of Anacortes.  Wallie Funk was 95 years old.

As journalist, photographer and publisher, Funk documented the lives of countless people in the pages of the Whidbey News-Times and the Anacortes American.

Funk famously donated tens of thousands of photographs to museums and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for archiving; his photos have been part of several art exhibits, including one at Western Washington University called “When Local Becomes National: The Legacy and Impact of Pacific Northwest Photojournalist Wallie V. Funk.”

A couple of years ago, he published a book entitled “Pictures of the Past” about the history of Anacortes.

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