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NEH in the News

Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: September 22, 2016

Princeton religion professor and author Elaine Pagels reflects on her awarding of a 2015 National Humanities Medal and her life work in writing about religions of late antiquity. Pagels: "Religion tells you what people think about gender and society and human nature and the universe and so forth. Because we now need to understand cultures, whether it’s Islam or Buddhism or Daoism or Hinduism."

Posted: September 21, 2016

A profile of James McBride -- one of 12 recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medal -- and exploration of his work as a novelist, journalist, professor and saxophonist. “The magic of writing is like jazz. You have a certain number of techniques, and you have harmonic knowledge, and you know what the melody is, and when it’s your turn to solo, you do the best you can,” says McBride.