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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.

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Recent News

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.
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
Frank Deford and President Obama

Remembering Frank Deford

The National Humanities Medalist revealed the humanity in the games we love.

America’s Languages: Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century

Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century
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 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 25, 2017  to  January 18, 2018

Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in World War II

Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in World War II will capture the quickly-fading stories of the men and women who fought during World War II, and celebrate the history they helped create.

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 18, 2017  to  November 8, 2017

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition features archival photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, cards, and texts detailing the struggle in Texas.

Posted: June 22, 2017 Late Rutgers professor, civil rights champion receives prestigious Jefferson Award

The famed Rutgers-Newark professor and historian Clement Alexander Price was honored posthumously on Monday night at the 10th annual New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards.  Price, who was awarded the "Outstanding Citizenship" award, passed away in 2014 but not before compiling a remarkable record of public work.  Price's widow, Mary Sue Sweeney Price -- a former director of the Newark Museum -- was on hand to accept the award, as were other members of Price's family.

Price was a longtime champion of the city of Newark, who -- among his many accomplishments -- was the official historian of Newark and also chaired President Obama's 2008 transition team for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was also the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers.

Posted: June 22, 2017 Professor’s talk on American oil interests to air on C-SPAN 3
Notre Dame News

A spring lecture given by Darren Dochuk, associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, will be televised on C-SPAN 3 at 8 p.m. and midnight EDT Saturday (June 24).  The lecture was part of a course titled “The History of Oil in American Life,” which offered a chronological, thematic and contemporary examination of oil in modern America.

In December, Dochuk was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, allowing him to write a book exploring the relationship between oil and religion. His research interests include the intersections of religion, politics and the American West and Southwest, as well as the Cold War and the politics and culture of energy and the environment. He is the author of “From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism” (Norton, 2011), which won awards from the Society of American Historians, the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.

Posted: June 22, 2017 Around the State
The Baptist Standard, Texas

Jay Givens, professor of religion at Wayland Baptist University, has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ summer institute, “Challenges of Teaching World Religions.” Through the institute, Givens will rework Wayland’s curriculum for online graduate and undergraduate world religions courses.

Posted: June 22, 2017 Are You an Art Worker Drowning in Student Debt? This Congresswoman Wants to Help
artnet news

New York Democratic Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez has introduced a bill that would assist arts workers nationwide in paying down their student debt, for as much as $10,000. If you work in art education or other professional fields within the arts and your work benefits seniors, children, or adolescents, the American Arts Revival Act could help get you out of the red.

Velázquez’s bill stands in contrast to President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which aims to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other cultural organizations, which offer financial support to some of the organizations, such as museums, where these cultural workers may be employed.

Posted: June 21, 2017 These Clovis students among nation’s best when it comes to portraying history
The Fresno Bee |

Three Buchanan High School students won first place for their project in the National History Day contest in Maryland.

Matthew Clark, Sydney Fox and Allison Hodge won first place in the Senior Group Performance category. Their project was entitled “Solidarity: The Polish People Take a Stand for Freedom.” This year’s theme for the contest was “Taking a Stand in History.”

The award was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Clovis Unified students were designated as NEH Scholars.

More than half a million students from all 50 states including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and American Samoa and also students from international schools in China, Korea and South Asia take part in the annual contest. This year’s event was held at the University of Maryland’s campus in College Park.

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