Human/Ties was a four-day celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities. From September 14-17, 2016, some of America’s leading thinkers gathered at the University of Virginia to honor the NEH’s rich history and explore the vital role that humanities play in our increasingly interconnected and complex world.

The forum featured lectures, panel discussions, performances, film screenings, interviews, and art exhibits by scholars, writers, artists, cultural experts, and more. All events were free and open to the public.

Human/Ties was sponsored by the University of Virginia, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and numerous other partners.

The NEH was born September 29, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Arts and Humanities Act into law. The legislation marked our nation’s first significant investment in the study of its culture.

Fifty years and $5.3 billion in NEH grants later, Human/Ties returned to the NEH’s roots — and considered how the humanities can contribute to the “current conditions of national life.”

What do the humanities have to say about challenging questions concerning war, race, the environment, citizenship, and technology today? We discovered answers to those questions at Human/Ties.