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October 2010

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October 26, 2010

In Albuquerque: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Olmec Lullaby (Einar and Jamex de la Torre, photo courtesy of the artists); San Felipe de Neri Church, Old Town; Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Saints of the Pueblos
Welcome to David O'Fallon, new executive of the Minnesota Humanities Center
NEH sessions at the Federation conference
After Shock: Humanities Perspectives on Trauma

Buzz and discussion about the value of the humanities

Nebraska Humanities Council wins tourism award for last year's Federation conference in Omaha

See you in Albuquerque next week!
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Chairman Leach's next stops on his 50-state civility tour are Austin, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Dover and Wilmington, DE; Chicago, IL
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Welcome to David O'Fallon, new executive of the Minnesota Humanities Center

David O'Fallon has been appointed president of the Minnesota Humanities Center. He begins work at MHC November 1. He has been active in music education in Minnesota as executive director of the Perpich Center for Arts Education and, since 2002, as CEO of the MacPhail Center for Music. He was director of arts education at the National Endowment for the Arts and staff director at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has extensive experience working with the Minnesota state legislature and with major fundraising.

The press release from the MHC quotes O’Fallon saying that "he is very pleased to have this opportunity to help shape the future of the Humanities Center. 'I believe that by engaging in the humanities we draw upon the best of ourselves and our cultures, we understand more fully where we come from and where we stand. That prepares us to actively create a strong democracy,' he said. 'The humanities and the arts connect us and sustain us. Never before has this been more needed.'"

NEH sessions at the Federation conference

 the exclamation points signify the excitement and pleasure of the humanities and the question marks represent exploration. The font for humanities reflects the Carolingian minuscule of the 9th century.
NEH's new logo: the exclamation points signify the excitement and pleasure of the humanities and the question marks represent exploration. The font for humanities reflects the Carolingian minuscule of the 9th century.

Staff of the National Endowment for the Humanities is looking forward to seeing many of you next week in Albuquerque at the Federation Conference.

Be on the look out for Courtney Chapin, Congressional and White House Liaison; Jamie Doggett, member, National Council on the Humanities; Carole Watson, Deputy Chairman; and Adam Wolfson, Assistant Chairman for Programs.

You can also find NEHers involved in the following sessions:

Thursday

  • 1:00-3:00 pm, "NEH Challenge Grant Fundraising"

Friday

  • 7:30-8:30 am, "NEH Public Programs Division" with Tom Phelps, Director of Public Programs
  • 1:30-3:00 pm, "Navigating NEH Challenge Grants" with Stephen Ross, Director of Challenge Grants; Andrea Anderson and Brandon Johnson, Senior Program Officers in Challenge Grants. They will be joined by Sherry DeBoer, Executive Director of the South Dakota Humanities Council, and Erik Jorgensen, Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council.
  • 1:30-3:00 pm, "NEH Grant Administration I: Navigating the Differences between General Operating Support (SO) and We the People awards (BC)" with Robert Straughter, Grants Administrator, Office of Grant Management
  • 3:30-5:00 pm, "NEH New Board Member Orientation, with Edie Manza, Director of Federal/State Partnership

Saturday

  • 7:00-8:00 am, "State councils and NEH Civil War 150 projects: Q&A" with Patti Van Tuyl, Senior Program Officer, Special Initiatives
  • 8:00-9:30 am, "A Conversation about Bridging Cultures: A Special Initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities" with Edie Manza; Eva Caldera, Senior Advisor to the Chairman; and Patti Van Tuyl
  • 8:00-9:30 am, "Staying Current with the NEH Office of Inspector General" with Sheldon Bernstein, Inspector General, and Laura Davis, Deputy Inspector General
  • 8:00-9:30 am, "Online and On Paper: Stories to Promote the Humanities" with David Skinner, Editor, Humanities magazine and Director of Publications. David will be joined by Kathleen Holt, Communication Director and editor of Oregon Humanities, and Ralph Lewin, President and CEO of the California Council for the Humanities
  • 8:00-9:30 am, "Civil War 150 Roundtable: Battlefields and Beyond." Patti Van Tuyl will be one of the moderators. The other moderator is Robert Sutton, Chief Historian, National Park Service.
  • 8:00-9:30 am, "Innovative Public Programs: Humanities and the Performing Arts" with Sonia Feigenbaum, Deputy Director, Division of Public Programs, as moderator
  • 10:00-11:30 am, "Bridging Cultures within the Network of State Humanities Councils" moderated by Kathleen Mitchell, Senior Program Officer, Federal/State Partnership. The members of the panel are Greg Kimura, President of the Alaska Humanities Forum; Wanda Mills-Bocachica, former board member of the Virgin Islands Humanities Council; Scott Russell, Executive Director of the Northern Mariana Islands Council for the Humanities; and Niualama Taifane, Executive Director of the Amerika Samoa Humanities Council.
  • 10:00-11:30 am, "NEH Grant Administration II—Tying Up Loose Ends: Reporting Requirements" with Robert Straughter
  • 11:45 am-1:15 pm, "Lunch with NEH Chairman Jim Leach"

After Shock: Humanities Perspectives on Trauma

"Literature is the best source for understanding the invisible wounds that patients have suffered, and is also a significant resource for the healer seeking to be healed."

The Maine Humanities Council's nation-wide Literature and Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care program is sponsoring a two-day seminar in Washington, DC, November 12 and 13. The conference is geared toward healthcare providers who work with veterans and others who have suffered trauma and will provide continuing education credit through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.

The plenary speakers are Tim O'Brien, acclaimed author of The Things They Carried and a Vietnam War veteran, Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, former VHA psychiatrist, author of Achilles in Vietnam, and a MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient for his innovative work with veterans and Kate Braestrup, law enforcement chaplain and award-winning author of Here If You Need Me, about coping with loss.

Theater of War will perform. This company's readings of ancient Greek plays catalyze discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, their caregivers and families.

There will also be 18 breakout sessions, including workshops, discussions, and informal presentations.

Buzz and discussion about the value of the humanities

 2010 graduation of Mass Humanities' Clemente Course in Dorchester

"A Whole World Opens Up": 2010 graduation of Mass Humanities' Clemente Course in Dorchester

Over the last week or so, humtalk has been abuzz with links to articles and blogs about the value of the humanities, instigated by SUNY Albany's suspending admission to the humanities departments of French, Italian, Russian, and classics as well as the theater department. Federal/State Partnership has done its best to collect as many of these pieces as possible and is making them available on the Federal/State Partnership website (logon fedstate, password partnership). This material has been added to the resources section of the website.

In the midst of all this debate, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that constituents of state humanities councils have little doubt about the value of humanities in their lives. Click to hear the stories of two graduates of Mass Humanities' Clemente course in Dorchester.

Nebraska Humanities Council wins tourism award for last year's Federation conference in Omaha

Picked up from Facebook

Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy announced that the Nebraska Humanities Council received the 2010 Friend of Tourism Award for bringing the National Humanities Conference to Omaha in 2009. The award was announced during the Nebraska Travel & Tourism awards banquet on October 14. The award states that, "The council showcased Omaha’s artistic and cultural sides by hosting the Federation of State Humanities Councils’ 2009 National Humanities Conference. More than 300 attendees representing every state spent two fun-filled days in Nebraska’s largest city. Conference attendees represented the cultural leadership of the U.S., and the time they spent in Nebraska changed their views about our state; so much so that many pledged to return later and vacation here."

Kool-Aid Days in Hastings, an event NHC helped fund, also received an award for being an Outstanding Event.


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