NEH in the News
Franklin & Marshall Associate Professor of Philosophy Lee Franklin designed a course – “What is the Examined Life?” – where students examine texts ranging from the Epic of Gilgamesh to Rousseau’s “Discourse on the Origins of Inequality” and art and architecture from ancient Greece to medieval Benedictine manuscript illustration to frame self-reflection within Western intellectual tradition thanks to an NEH Enduring Questions grant, from the Huffington Post.
NEH and the Smithsonian held the inaugural History Film Forum from November 19-22, featuring screenings of Ric Burns’ The Pilgrims and Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, panel discussions, and a live show of NEH-supported BackStory with the American History Guys, from Broadway World.
The Brooklyn Museum plays host to “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008,” the first full-fledged exhibition to gather works of art inspired by the iconic seaside park, with selections coming from artists and photographers as eclectic as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Weegee, Diane Arbus, and William Merritt Chase, from the New York Times.
19 year-old Ibrahim Shkara, a high school student from an Iraqi refugee family who fled to the US in 2012, accepted a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from Michelle Obama on behalf of Young Writers & Leaders, a school literacy program focused on international multilingual high school students, from the Portland Press Herald.
NEH Chairman William Adams joined with faculty from Princeton University’s Council of the Humanities and members of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the Princeton Public Library for a celebration of the NEH’s 50th anniversary and a panel discussion on some of Princeton’s significant NEH-funded grant projects, including the Papers of Thomas Jefferson and the Blue Mountain Project, from Princeton News.
Facing declining enrollment and a revenue deficit, University of Montana President Royce Engstrom has announced that 201 employees will be let go, with programs such as Journalism, Anthropology, English, Geography, Political Science and Art facing the bulk of budget and staffing cuts, from Montana Kaimin.
The contrast between the challenges of the battlefield and the challenges of the college campus can leave many veterans feeling alienated, resulting in an estimated ten percent completion rate for bachelor’s degrees among veterans. The NEH-supported Warrior-Scholar Project is one group seeking to turn that statistic around, and boasts a 100% college completion rate of its program enlistees who go through an introductory “boot camp” to college life, from the Christian Science Monitor.
“Telling: South Mississippi” – a performance incorporating the stories of 10 area veterans and their experiences in wars ranging from WWII to Afghanistan – opened on November 12 at the Brownstone Center for the Arts in Poplarville, Mississippi thanks to NEH support, from the Picayune Item.
An interview with Eastern Kentucky University professor Mike Austin, who created a philosophy course focused on the question “Do we need God for the good life?” thanks to an NEH Enduring Questions grant, from the Huffington Post.