History and Impact of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Aired: October 25, 2015


Happy 50th birthday to the National Endowment for the Humanities! President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act on September 29, 1965. It created the National Endowment for the Humanities as an independent federal agency. “The humanities,” the current legislation declares, “belong to all the people of the United States.”

NEH has awarded more than 63,000 grants since 1965, totaling $5.3 billion, and has leveraged $2.5 billion in private matching donations. That public investment has led to the creation of books, films, museum exhibits, exciting discoveries, and more.

In this episode of Humanities Connection, host Bob Mann examines the history and impact of NEH with NJCH Executive Director, Briann Greenfield, and National Humanities Medalist and former NJCH Board Chair, Stanley N. Katz.


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