Below are selections of audio and video recordings from recent talks, presentations, panel discussions, and media appearances. I also serve as co-host of the National Humanities Center’s two podcast series, Discovery & Inspiration and Nerds in the Woods, and its Virtual Book Club.

“Time Out with Bill Hendrickson”

April 12, 2021

Time Out with Bill Hendrickson is a weekly radio program on WCOM–LP 103.5 FM, community radio for Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina. The show features in-depth interviews with interesting figures from education, business, sports, entertainment, and other arenas of public life. In this episode, host Bill Hendrickson interviews Robert D. Newman, president and director of the National Humanities Center.

Environmental Humanities at the Crossroads of Climate Change

March 7, 2019

This scholarly roundtable, featuring Center Fellows in conversation with NHC President and Director Robert D. Newman, explored the important role for humanists in ongoing public discourse about climate change.

UNC-TV’s “Conversation”: An Interview with Robert D. Newman

June 27, 2017

In this wide-ranging interview with ​​Conversation host Mitchell Lewis, Robert D. Newman discusses the significance of the humanities in everyday life, the enduring importance of humanities scholarship, and the mission of the National Humanities Center to advance humanities research, teaching, and public engagement.

Rage and Beauty: Celebrating Complexity, Democracy and the Humanities

October 5, 2016

NHC director Robert D. Newman delivered a keynote address as a part of the ongoing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Speaker Series at North Carolina Central University.

What Does the Future Hold for the Humanities?

February 9, 2016

Robert D. Newman joined Lloyd Kramer from UNC-Chapel Hill and Victoria Gallagher from NC State University to discuss the humanities’ future as part of a town hall meeting. The event drew an engaged crowd who challenged the participants about role of the humanities in an environment that has become increasingly concerned with financial outcomes from academic activities, technologically-focused, and oriented toward the concerns of the individual rather than the common good.

Humanities Moments and the Heroic

October 22, 2015

In his inaugural remarks as the sixth president and director of the National Humanities Center, Robert D. Newman shared his vision for the Center as the premier destination for humanities scholars, a national leader in the effort to strengthen teaching, and a vital resource for all who seek greater understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.