The National Humanities Center provides a rich intellectual setting for individual research and the exchange of ideas. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the vibrant cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. The stunning Archie K. Davis building includes private studies for Fellows, conference rooms, a central commons for dining, lounges, and reading areas. The Center’s library service supports Fellows by fulfilling thousands of requests for books and other research materials from our partner institutions in the Triangle, usually within 24 hours, and from libraries around the world.
Mike Rizer used to avoid reading at any cost, even buying CliffsNotes when necessary. But in his sophomore year of college, Ernest Hemingway changed all that. Since then, he hasn’t stopped reading.
In the professional realm of finance, Rizer finds that avid reading makes for good storytelling. Good storytelling makes for better leadership, communication, and critical thinking. “You can give people data, but they remember the story,” he says. Rizer found The Lost Generation, and the discovery changed his life.