The mission of the NJCH is to develop, support and promote projects that explore and interpret the human experience, foster cross-cultural understanding and engage people in dialogue about matters of individual choice and public responsibility. The Council’s Horizons Speakers Bureau supplies lecturers to nonprofit organizations in humanities areas as wide ranging as ethnic studies, history, literature, interpretation of the arts, and public policy. Clemente Courses offer high-quality, post-secondary education in the humanities to young adults in New Jersey’s underserved communities who have the potential to succeed in college.
The Teacher Institute, the centerpiece of NJCH’s educational programming, runs yearly residential seminars for K-12 teachers that provide a content-based approach to professional development. To date, NJCH has conducted 39 residential seminars, 60 school-based workshops, and a multi-school seminar using interactive television technology. Over 2000 educators have participated in our seminars and workshops; an additional 350 are expected to participate in the coming year. NJCH is proud to have been chosen by the New Jersey Department of Education as its partner organization in writing the revised Social Studies Curriculum Framework. The Council’s Teacher of the Year Award is given each year to an exemplary public school humanities educator.
Other achievements in the humanities are celebrated annually with NJCH’s Humanities Awards. Individuals and institutions are honored with the Council’s Public Humanities Award, Humanities Citizen of the Year Award, Civic Leadership Award, and Humanities Book Award.
A grant program administered by NJCH and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities serves as a catalyst for public humanities programs and provides financial support for other nonprofit organizations’ special projects.