Welcome to PHC, Pennsylvania's only statewide organization dedicated to the humanities. Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians are engaged by our interactive teen book discussions, speakers bureau, arts and culture TV show with PCN-TV, grant funded projects and other public programs.

News & Highlights

Paul Taylor Lecture

Paul Taylor, author and senior fellow at the Pew Research Center, opened the 2014 National Humanities Conference in Philadelphia. An expert on American demographics, Taylor wrote The Next America, analyzing the future of the country, what it means for the millennial generation and how retiring Baby Boomers play in the equation.
Learn more.

PHC 2014 National Humanities Conference

PHC hosted the 2014 National Humanities Conference in Philadelphia October 29 – November 1st. Themed "Leadership in a Time of Change", humanities leaders from around the country discussed how the humanities, the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors, and humanities councils can lead, navigate and make change an opportunity for renewal and growth. See photos.

PHC in Action!

NEH Chairman, Dr. William Adams Visits Pennsylvania

The new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), William Adams visited PHC recently to learn about our new initiatives and programs. Learn more.

Teen Reading Lounge Expands Across Pennsylvania

Teen Reading Lounge will launch this fall in fifteen libraries in Northwestern and Central Pennsylvania. The program will continue in eight libraries in Northeastern PA and the Lehigh Valley. A second project with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will launch next spring. TRL is featured in the current issue of Young Adult Library Services. Read more.

Connect with Us


Upcoming Events

Key Moments in American Musical Theatre History
Wednesday, December 10
Blue Bell

Coal Mining Songs of the Northeast
Sunday, January 4

Coal Mining Songs of the Northeast
Thursday, January 8

> full calendar