The West Virginia Humanities Council serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities. Formed in 1974 at the invitation of the National Endowment for the Humanities, it is the principal organization promoting the humanities in West Virginia.

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2016 McCreight Lecture

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed will present “The Enigma of Sally Hemings: Race, Gender, and Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello” for the 2016 McCreight Lecture in the Humanities at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27th in Geary Auditorium of Riggleman Hall at University of Charleston. A book signing will follow the program which is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Bailey and Glasser law firm of Charleston.


West Virginia Standing Together

With special funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Humanities Council partnered with West Virginia military veterans to produce a six-part web series titled West Virginia Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War.


Neighborhood Investment tax credits are back! Give $500 or more to the Humanities Council and receive a 50% credit to apply to your state taxes, plus the full amount on your federal deduction.


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Faculty Merit Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2016 Professor of the Year

Nominations for the 2016 Faculty Merit Foundation's Professor of the Year Award are now open and must be submitted (postmarked) by Tuesday, November 1, 2016.