Roughly ten miles apart, Chapel Hill (of Orange County) and Durham (the seat of Durham County) occupy the western half of central North Carolina’s Research Triangle, home of the National Humanities Center. An equal number of currently enrolled graduate students in the CDG program live in both towns. Home to roughly two million residents, the Triangle, which also includes the state capital Raleigh, is a growing cosmopolitan hub for education and research, culture and sports, business and government. Historically and culturally rich, Chapel Hill (as well as Carrboro to the west) and Durham have been repeatedly lauded as university towns that take pride in their diversity and openness. Both cities are thriving with venues for live music, theater, the performing and the visual arts, and both enjoy a nationally renowned food scene. A short distance to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Chapel Hill and Durham are superbly linked via bus, air and rail to regional, national and international destinations.