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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

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce the grant awards for the 2013 General Grant Program. Grantees include the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Memphis Public Library, the African American Heritage Alliance, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Humanities Tennessee seeks interns for unpaid positions in support of  the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word. This position is for 18-24 hours per week, for a minimum period of ten weeks, in the Humanities Tennessee office in Nashville.

The Outstanding Educator Awards recognize teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching the humanities and who encourage the humanities to be an important part of their students’ lives. Each of the recipients, selected from a pool of nominees from across the state, receive a $2,000 fellowship to further their professional development in the humanities, and their schools receive $1,500 for humanities programs and materials.

The 2017 recipients of the Outstanding Educator Award are:

Don't miss the application deadline for the TN Young Writers' Workshop. Apply today!

After engaging school visits with Kristin Tubb (Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different) at Vanleer Elementary School in Dickson and Tracy Barrett (Dark of the Moon) at Forrest School in Chapel Hill, author Helen Hemphill will visit East Middle School in Tullahoma on May 8 to share with students her adventures in researching and writing The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones.

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman will appear at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, July 10 as part of his final signing tour for his new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gaiman’s Nashville appearance is presented by Parnassus Books in partnership with Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, and War Memorial Auditorium.

And the winners are...

Congratulations to the nine students from across Tennessee who won top honors in the statewide Letters About Literature writing contest which encourages students to read, reflect, connect, and write. 

The Salon@615 author series has announced its spring event list, including Becca Stevens, Anne Lamott, Elizabeth Strout, Cheryl Strayed, Isabel Allende, and Augusten Burroughs.

The series is hosted by Humanities Tennessee, Parnassus Books, the Nashville Public Library, and the Nashville Public Library Foundation.Together, these partners nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting author talks and book signings to our community.