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Young Tennessee Historians Advance to National Competition; two win Humanities Tennessee-sponsored special prize 

The $10,000 Art Works grant supports the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books. 

After reading 1,534 letters and narrowing down the honorable mentions, we are pleased to announce the winners of this year's contest. Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the winners!

Watch Fowler's event at Maplewood High School. 

The Salon@615 series welcomes authors Lorrie Moore and Susan Minot to Montgomery Bell Academy on Saturday, March 29 at 4:00 pm. The free author reading series is presented by partners Humanities Tennessee, Parnassus Books, Nasville Public Library, and Nashville Public Library Foundation.


Humanities Tennessee joins Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation and Parnassus Books to launch the third Nashville Reads campaign. This year’s Nashville Reads novel is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.


Humanities Tennessee asked new board members Judy Drescher, Shawn Pitts, and Karen Lewis about their backgrounds, their love of the humanities, and their passion for the work of Humanities Tennessee. Learn about them here!

 We received 1,534 entries in this year’s Letters About Literature contest. Thank you to all of the students who participated this year. We heard from students reacting to Maya Angelou, Melba Patillo Beals, Ray Bradbury, Suzanne Collins, John Green, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Ruta Sepetys, Amy Tan, and many more. Congratulations to the following schools with students receiving honorable mentions... 


Twenty-two Tennesseans statewide receive scholarships to attend an annual museum conference and exhibit workshop.

Humanities Tennessee's new funding priority encourages projects that build mutual respect among Tennesseans.

Nashville attorney Kate Stephenson has been named chair of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, a member organization for the 55 state and territorial humanities councils that provides support for the councils and creates greater awareness of and participation in humanities programs across America.


Upcoming authors in the Salon@615 series include Sue Monk Kidd, Anna Quindlen and Laura Lippman. The series is presented by partners Nashville Public Library, Parnassus Books, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and Humanities Tennessee.

Karen Joy Fowler’s highly praised novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is the 2014 selection for the NashvilleREADS program.

Visit Casa Hola to explore part of our immigration history and learn about the Bracero experience through art, film, and discussion.

Following its success in Nashville, this enriching book discussion series begins this month in Knoxville with a powerful novel of boyhood in Libya.

You can make a difference in shaping Tennessee's future. 

An education in the humanities is perceived as having no value in the real world. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

What’s the right way to celebrate a major anniversary? For the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, the 25th annual event called for even more celebration than usual. 

Missed the Southern Festival of Books this year? You can watch the sessions recorded at the Southern Festival of Books by BookTV now! Other recorded sessions will become available soon. 

Humanities Tennessee and the Robert penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University are pleased to present a series of sessions at the 2013 Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word entitled Taking Our Pulse: Promises and Pitfalls of Modern Medicine

We are thrilled to have received news that the Student Reader Day program has been formally commended by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The program is recognized for empowering school librarians as knowledgeable educators. We appreciate this acknowledgement and hope you, too, know how vital your community’s school librarians are!

The Campbell Culture Coalition, a partner of Humanities Tennessee's Community History Development Fund, received project support to develop a multi-media exhibit focusing on the Tennessee Jamboree. More than a long-standing radio barn dance in LaFollette, the Jamboree provided a literal stage for civic and community life.

Forty years ago, Humanities Tennessee was charged with "bringing the humanities to the public," and our new Conversations Bureau is providing an engaging way to answer that charge. We provided a public Conversation, Inheriting the Civil War, at the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna, and a group of teachers discussed The Emancipation Proclamation and James Baldwin in Memphis, Tennessee.

Humanities Tennessee joins the call for a renewed commitment to the humanities outlined in the national report, The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation