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Welcome to the September edition of the North Carolina Humanities Council's E-Newsletter! We hope that you are enjoying your first week of fall and are excited to hear about the upcoming news and events the Council has to share.


Highest Council Honor Goes to Edwin Graves Wilson

Edwin Graves Wilson, Professor Emeritus of English and Provost Emeritus of Wake Forest University, will receive the North Carolina Humanities Council’s highest honor, the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. The award recognizes Wilson for his lifelong achievements as an advocate for the public humanities across North Carolina. The Caldwell Award ceremony is free and open to the public and will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 7:00PM at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center on the campus of Wake Forest University. Read more.


Hidden Histories: Fact or Fiction

Join the Museum of History and the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium for a two-day workshop designed to deepen your understanding of history and to determine if what you’re teaching is, indeed, fact—or if it’s possibly fiction. The workshop is free but registration is required. For more information, e-mail Paul Bonnici:

Hidden Histories: Fact or Fiction?

Friday, November 7, 10 am - 5:30 pm and
Saturday, November 8, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Teachers, grades K-12
To register, visit

Spotlight on Road Scholars

Bernie Harberts

Melinda Ratchford, Ed.D.

Bernie Harberts is an author and adventurer who once spent four months with a camera and a mule traveling 600 miles from the NC coast to the Great Smokey Mountains. In his program "Hoofing it by Mule Across North Carolina," Harberts discusses his journey through photos and lively stories that let audience members experience the vanishing web of rural NC life. Click here to find out about his next program.


Walter Ziffer

Walter Ziffer is an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Mars Hill College. He is a survivor of the Holocaust from Czechoslovakia and in his program "Witness to the Holocaust," Ziffer will discuss his first-hand experiences of his town’s invasion by German Nazi troops, being conscripted into forced labor, which led to the deaths of most of his family members, and his induction into the German concentration camp empire. Learn more here.

September 25, 2014  

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  • Click here to see photos from the Bookmarks' Festival of Books and Authors, which was a mini-grant funded by the Council.
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