Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

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About the Project

Robert Newman, National Humanities Center"Humanities moments are the unexpected miracles that provide meaning, sharpen purpose, and offer depth—profound pauses in the otherwise frantic and self-absorbed scurrying that characterizes our gettings and spendings." –Robert D. Newman, President and Director, National Humanities Center

Humanities moments occur daily in the lives of human beings. We access them through stories that reveal our complexities, our aspirations, and our tragic flaws. Whether we reflect on our personal experiences or our national history, it is the humanities moments that are most resonant, most epiphanic, to which we continually return to mark who we are as individuals and as a culture and why.

The Humanities Moments Project was created by the National Humanities Center in partnership with the Federation of State Humanities Councils in an effort to gather, store, and share personal accounts about how the humanities illuminate our lives, help us better understand ourselves and each other, and give us tools for more fully understanding where we came from and where we are going.

By illustrating the critical role the humanities play in contributions from individuals of all ages and from all walks of life, the Humanities Moments project seeks to reimagine the way we think and talk about the humanities.

And by highlighting the humanities’ transformative power, ​the Humanities Moments project illuminates how our ​encounters with the humanities fuel the process of discovery, how they encourage us to connect with one another, to think and feel more deeply, and to recognize that imagination and reflection—fed by the humanities—provide the means for us to solve problems as individuals and as a society.

We invite you to share your favorite humanities moments with us. And, you can visit the Humanities Moments collections to view stories that others have shared.