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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.

The Twelfth State: North Carolina Ratifies the U.S. Constitution


Museum of the Cape Fear is presenting “The Twelfth State: North Carolina Ratifies the U.S. Constitution,” a half-day mini-symposium on the 225th anniversary of the ratification. The event will be held at the Cumberland County Public Library on Saturday, November 22 from 1:00-5:00pm and will examine the Hillsborough Convention of 1788, the Fayetteville Convention of 1789, and the life of everyday North Carolinians during this time. Read more.

Spotlight on Road Scholars

Elisha Minter

Melinda Ratchford, Ed.D.

Elisha Minter is a musician, storyteller, actress, and author who works at the Beatties Ford Road Library in Charlotte. She has 2 programs for the Council: "Poetry Pickin's" which is about the poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and "The Kwanzaa Experience" which is an African American holiday that emphasizes the focus on the central ideas of African health and wholeness. Read more.

Lenard Moore

The state's highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award, will be presented to six distinguished North Carolinians, one of whom is Road Scholar Lenard Moore. Lenard is Assistant Professor of English at Mount Olive College. He is a poet, essayist, writer and playwright. He was recently elected as the first African American President of the Haiku Society of America. Find out more about Lenard and his programs here.

October 23, 2014  

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Announcements:

  • Dr. Elliot Engel will be at the Davie County Libary  on Thursday, October 23, 2014, to deliver his lecture on The Wizardry of Oz: L. Frank Baum at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Dr. Engel is a scholar, performer, and storyteller whose infectious enthusiasm and radiant wit create an imaginative and delightful presentation.
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