NEH in the News
The 33-member American delegation to Cuba returned home last Thursday after a four-day cultural exchange mission, and announced additional plans by the NEH, NEA and Smithsonian to engage with Cuban cultural performers and institutions this year and in 2017. “I believe that everything is opening up and this trip will contribute to that,” says delegation member, singer Smokey Robinson, from the Miami Herald.
US disability history scholars will gather at the library of the University of Texas at Arlington this July to study the creation of a portal offering resources for the study of disability history thanks to a $40,000 NEH grant, from the University of Texas Arlington News Center.
At a closing forum at Havana's Gran Teatro, the heads of the NEH, NEA and Smithsonian joined Cuban cultural officials to announce new programs to send US conservators, students and artists to Cuba as the next step of the broadening of US-Cuban cultural relations, from the Washington Post.
A $30,000 grant from the NEH to the University's of Delaware's Department of Art Conservation will allow a delegation of Winterthur/University of Delaware conservation graduate students and professors to visit Cuba and meet with Cuban counterparts to learn and exchange information on preservation challenges and methods, from UDaily.
Dr. Michael Woods, assistant professor of History at Marshall University, has been awarded an NEH Summer Stipend to devote his summer traveling to the University of Chicago and Rice University to research Stephen Douglas and Jefferson Davis for an upcoming book, from the Fayette Tribune.
An official 33-member cultural delegation -- including the heads of NEH, NEA and the Smithsonian; artists; writers; and musicians -- will journey to Havana for four days of conversations and exchanges with Cuban cultural figures and government officials as relations between the US and Cuba continue to thaw and adapt, from the Miami Herald.
The NEH has awarded a $75,000 Digital Humanities Start-up Grant to the Colored Conventions Project at the University of Delaware; the grant will support the project as it expands its collaborative model and create digital exhibits displaying the history of 19th century African-American conventions and organizing movements, from UDaily.
Samantha Parish Riggin, a graduate student in material culture and public humanities at Virginia Tech, has recently secured an NEH Common Heritage grant of $11,392 to support the Montgomery County Memory Project hosting two public events in Christiansburg and Blacksburg where archivists will digitize and preserve local historical items and artifacts, from the Roanoke Times.
The Borough of Manhattan Community College has received an NEH grant of almost $100,000 to fund "Building Asian American Studies across the Community College Classroom," a year-long project that will select more than a dozen faculty participants to develop curricular materials covering the histories, cultures and identities of Asian American communities in metropolitan New York, from BMCC News.