BackStory Helps Kick Off Human/Ties

“Doubting Democracy?” Featuring VFH’s BackStory with the American History Guys to Help Kick Off Human/Ties Celebration on September 14

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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces “Doubting Democracy?”, a live show of its award-winning radio program BackStory with the American History Guys on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 PM at the University of Virginia’s Newcomb Hall Theater in Charlottesville, VA. The program is one of the kick-off events of Human/Ties, a four-day, star-studded celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) taking place from September 14 – 17 in Charlottesville.

“Doubting Democracy?” will feature BackStory’s historian-hosts Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh and Peter S. Onuf in discussion with special guests and a live audience to explore U.S. elections through the lens of civic engagement, voter apathy, and disillusionment over establishment politics. Featured guests include University of Richmond historian Julian Hayter and senior editor at Slate magazine Dahlia Lithwick. The program will offer critical historical context to the issues voters face in the 2016 election.

Like all programs during Human/Ties, the live BackStory event is free and open to the public. Newcomb Hall Theater is located on the lower level of Newcomb Hall at 149 Newcomb Road North Charlottesville, VA 22902.

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About BackStory with the American History Guys: BackStory is a national and international, weekly one-hour radio program and podcast that brings historical perspective to daily events in an engaging and accessible way. The program is broadcast in 203 communities and 32 states, and has recently exceeded 10 million downloads. History Guys Ayers, Balogh, and Onuf plumb connections between present and past, spanning three centuries and offering surprising, non-partisan conversation about ideas, events, and their continuing impact. Listeners help shape the program by sharing comments and questions as each show is in the works. To learn more, visit

About Human/Ties: Hosted by the University of Virginia, Human/Ties is a free celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NEH that will bring together leading scholars and artists from around the country to examine critically important questions facing the humanities today. Featured presenters include Sir Salman Rushdie, Alice Waters, David Simon, and Junot Díaz. Human/Ties is a collaboration among the NEH, the University of Virginia, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Monticello, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, The Miller Center, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and other key partners. To learn more and view the full program, visit

About VFH: The mission of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is to connect people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. VFH reaches an estimated annual audience of 23 million through Community Programs, Digital Initiatives, Scholarship, and the Virginia Center for the Book. For more information, visit