Arts, Culture, and Humanities

North Carolina Humanities Council

  • Greensboro, NC
  • www.nchumanities.org

Mission Statement

The North Carolina Humanities Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. It facilitates the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

The Humanities Council develops among North Carolinians an understanding of and appreciation for the humanities that can transform the way they see themselves and their communities. In support of these goals, the Humanities Council is committed to the following:
•an interdisciplinary approach to the humanities
•dialogue
•discovery and understanding of the humanities--culture, identity, and history
•respect for individual community members and community values
•humanities scholarship and scholars to develop humanities perspectives
•cultural diversity and inclusiveness
•informed and active citizenship as an outgrowth of new awareness of self and community

Main Programs

  1. Road Scholars
  2. Museum on Main Street
  3. Let's Talk About It
  4. Teachers Institute
  5. Literature & Medicine
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North Carolina

ruling year

1989

Executive Director since 2013

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Ms. Paula Watkins

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public humanities programs

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EIN

56-1153601

 Number

6452608633

Physical Address

122 N Elm Street Suite 601

Greensboro, NC 27401

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Humanities Organizations (A70)

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Program 1

Road Scholars

This year's catalog of Road Scholars includes over 70 speakers whose lectures focus on issues of history, literature, philosophy, ethics, religious studies, linguistics, jurisprudence, history and criticism of the arts, sociology, and certain aspects of social science.

Some explore the history and techniques of art, from Latin American music to North Carolina crafts. Others widen perspectives on a variety of literary genres, including poetry, autobiography, and oral history.

The scholars explore the celebrations and struggles of race relations, the experiences of immigrants, the stories of women in untraditional roles, and the lives and works of historical figures. They discuss ways to use literature, music, and art as cultural expression, and they contemplate the need for educational reform. These presentations span past and present, factual history and timeless theory, and traditional and innovative interpretations of our literary canons.

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Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a one-of-a-kind cultural project that serves small town museums and residents of rural America. It is a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and state humanities councils nationwide. MoMS combines the prestige of Smithsonian Institution exhibitions, the program expertise of state humanities councils, and the remarkable volunteerism and unique histories of small rural towns. MoMS is funded by the United States Congress.

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Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It is available as a book, film or poetry series.

Book Series: A nine-week reading and discussion series that includes five books that is held every other week and led by a new scholar each week.

Film Series: A six-week film and discussion series that is held weekly and led by one scholar.

Poetry Series: A six-week reading-audio/video-discussion program that is held weekly and led by one scholar.

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Teachers Institute

The Teachers Institute, a free professional education development program, brings teachers together to study the history, literature, music, and art of North Carolina’s diverse communities and people. Participants in the Teachers Institute find their eagerness to inquire, to imagine, and to learn rekindled and sustained.

This program provides access to continued intellectual growth for K-12 public school educators from across the state. Connecting classroom teachers and university scholars, the Teachers Institute creates the rigorous, stimulating environment found in the best graduate education. Weekend seminars throughout the year and a week-long summer seminar are content-rich, intellectually stimulating, and interdisciplinary.

Participants engage in the academic challenge of graduate-level study, enjoying RESPECT as intellectual professionals.

Teachers experience RENEWAL as they interact with their peers and discover anew their own passion for learning.

Participants leave the Institute experience knowing the best REWARD is when their enthusiasm for learning is reflected in their students’ excitement about learning.

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Program 5

Literature & Medicine

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care is a national award-winning reading and discussion program for health care professionals that, as one participant writes, “renews the heart and soul of health care.”

Imagine doctors, nurses, receptionists, trustees, administrators, lab techs, PAs, with books in hand, sitting in a hospital conference room, talking about what they have read and reflecting together on what it means to them — as people, and as professionals engaged in the enterprise of health care. More than 2,000 health care professionals working in hospitals in 25 states have done just this since the program began in 1997, with more participating every year.

Created by the Maine Humanities Council, Literature & Medicine is a hospital-based, scholar-led humanities reading and discussion program for health care professionals that benefits both them and their patients. The program has received major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and has been cited as a patient-quality initiative by the Maine Hospital Association.

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NORTH CAROLINA HUMANITIES COUNCIL
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Executive Director

Ms. Paula Watkins

BIO

Paula Watkins is the Executive Director of North Carolina Humanities Council. Prior to being at the North Carolina Humanities Council, she served as Assistant Director and South Carolina Book Festival Director at The Humanities Council SC.

A Hartsville, SC native, Watkins joined the staff at The Humanities Council SC in October of 2001 in the role of Finance and Business Manager. She brought two national programs to The Humanities Council SC in 2004: Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare and the traveling Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibition Barn Again.

Watkins was promoted to Assistant Director and SC Book Festival Director in 2005 and coordinated eight festivals, overseeing the addition of the Children's Fieldtrip Day, the Children's Pavilion, and the Literary Vine partnership with Richland Library. Under Watkins' leadership, the SC Book Festival attained new heights in attendance, fundraising, and cultural outreach. Watkins was recognized in 2011 with the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award from Richland Library for her efforts in advancing interest in books and libraries. During the 2013 SC Book Festival, Watkins was honored by the City of Columbia with the key to the city because of her service in the literary and cultural arts, and Saturday, May 18, 2013 was named Paula Watkins Day.

Watkins is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in biological sciences. She is looking forward to using her years of experience with humanities councils, along with her unique academic perspective, to strengthen and broaden our relationships with the citizens of North Carolina.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Cynthia Brodhead

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