NEH in the News
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."
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.
Scholars, writers, poets, artists, cultural experts and more will come to celebrate the importance of the humanities and their impact on our increasingly complex world during Human/Ties, a four-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Charlottesville, Virginia from September 14-17.
University of Virginia Professor Steve Railton is working to create Digital Yoknapatawpha -- a complete digital archive, including interactive timelines, maps, and charts, outlining the fictional county in Mississippi where writer William Faulkner set his stories -- thanks to support from a $300,000 NEH grant.