The clock started ticking more than a year ago, when the University of Virginia received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to organize a public event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities. That prompted UVA’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and community partners to spend the next 15 months working to bring more than 100 of the world’s leading authors, filmmakers, scholars and artists to Charlottesville.
The fruits of that effort will be on display next week with “Human/Ties,” a wide-ranging festival featuring a series of public lectures, performances and conversations exploring the importance of the humanities in the modern world. …
A detailed schedule and a full list of speakers and partners is available online at