Humanities Means
— Josh Berk, executive director
Bethlehem Area Public Library

Humanities in action

Jan 11, 2016

At the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, we believe the humanities can inspire people to come together and make a difference in their communities. Our civic engagement grants support humanities-focused approaches to community development throughout the commonwealth. In 2016 we will support four Pennsylvania communities with civic engagement grants: Carlisle, Meadville, Williamsport, and the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. All four communities will incorporate elements of the humanities, including storytelling, into their planning processes.

Nov 21, 2015

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is pleased to announce that 14 libraries across Pennsylvania have been selected to host a 2015-16 Teen Reading Lounge  program. This particular round of programming aims to better understand the needs of low-income youth and to explore how Teen Reading Lounge can help them build essential life skills. "More than 400 teenagers and 57 libraries have participated in Teen Reading Lounge since its launch in 2009," said Laurie Zierer, Pennsylvania Humanities Council executive director. "As we move forward with this program, we want to ensure that we reach teens across diverse socio-economic backgrounds."

Feb 02, 2016

As part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Philadelphia Media Network have joined forces to encourage civic dialogue on the importance of journalism and humanities in public life. Highlights will include A website that will serve as a focal point for Pulitzer Prize–winning materials with ties to Pennsylvania; A social-media campaign to engage a broad audience and encourage virtual dialogue around the Pulitzer materials; and A panel discussion at the National Constitution Center led by Bill Marimow, Pulitzer Prize–winning editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which will explore the relationship between groundbreaking news, the protections offered to the press under the First Amendment, and the ethical repercussions faced by journalists and editors.   Stay tuned for a project timeline and updates!

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Jackson Park, Team Reading Lounge

Our Vision & Mission 

At the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, we believe the humanities inspire people to make a difference and come together to advance cultural diversity, economic vibrancy, and an equitable society.

Our work is grounded in people. We connect Pennsylvanians to each other through stories, ideas, and experiences that can change lives and transform communities.  

We champion and redefine the role the humanities play in educating citizens and strengthening community. Our programs create pathways for learning and creativity, spark dialogue and civic engagement, and encourage diversity of expression.