"The National Humanities Center . . . is the only center for advanced study devoted specifically to the humanities—to fields that survive solely through the efforts of those who are committed to them and not because of any immediate economic or policy utility. It provides a model of a sensitive, humane, and generous scholarly community."
Alan Nevins Professor History, Columbia University
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, National Humanities Center
"The Center creates an environment in which you're free to think, to ask questions, to learn from scholars outside your field. At a specialized research institution or back home, you're surrounded by people who either know your work or have a perspective similar to yours. The interdisciplinary setting the NHC provides adds a different dimension, and enables you to think about your work with a larger perspective."
University of Southern California
"The opportunity to actually sit and think, to read, to write, to be alone with one's thoughts when one wants to be alone and to talk to others when they can help is an extraordinary and unique opportunity."
Pennsylvania State University
"For me as for most other scholars who have the good fortune to study at the Center, the place occupies a very important place in the ongoing development of the nation's scholarly life. It is an enormously successful institution, and certainly deserves funding to permit it to flourish in the future."
Katherine Kish Sklar
State University of New York at Binghamton
"Since '92-'93, I have sung the praises of the Center and encouraged many colleagues to think about applying. As I tell them, it's one thing to have a Guggenheim or NEH or ACLS fellowship, all of which I've been privileged to hold. But it's another to become part of a small community of scholars involved with all sorts of interesting issues in the humanities."
Richard E. Spear
University of Maryland