NEH in the News
For the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, theatre professor at Ohio’s Miami University, is developing an interactive app that explores the role and involvement of the Western College for Women in the Freedom Summer movement thanks to a $60,000 NEH grant. The Western College for Women – now integrated into the campus of Miami University – sent over 800 volunteers to Mississippi in 1964 to register black voters, and Prof. Armstrong hopes to roll out the app telling these volunteers’ stories by autumn this year, from WHIO-TV.
Trent Kissinger, sixth-grade math and science teacher at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy in Savannah, GA has been chosen to attend an NEH-supported Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop. He will attend the week-long program “The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation” this July, from the Savannah Morning News.
11 Idaho newspapers will be digitized by the Idaho State Historical Society thanks to an NEH National Digital Newspaper Project grant of $277,000. 100,000 pages of historic Idaho newspapers will be digitized and available free to the public by July 1, 2015, from the Idaho Press.
Shaina Mirsky, a Language Arts teacher at Readington Middle School in New Jersey, will be attending the “Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry, and Place” teachers workshop in Amherst, MA this summer thanks to an NEH grant. Ms. Mirky and other participants will focus on understanding the development of Dickinson’s poetry in the context of her contemporary era and collaborate on developing new teaching strategies to use in their classrooms upon return, from the Hunterdon County Democrat.
The Museum of the City of New York has received a $125,000 grant from the NEH to support its project “Illuminating New York City History through Material Culture.” The project focuses on increasing public access to over 6,500 objects – including handbills, pamphlets, menus, medals, badges, souvenirs, and textiles –via a full cataloguing, digitizing, and rehousing of each item, from Broadway World.
The Walters Art Museum of Baltimore has received $500,000 in new grants from federal agencies, including the NEH, to support an upcoming exhibition on Islamic art in fall 2015, from the Washington Post.
The Indiana State Library – recipient of two NEH Chronicling America grants – is working swiftly to digitally preserve the state’s important, but deteriorating, collection of old newspapers. The project’s current goal is to have a newspaper from each county in Indiana digitized by the time of the state’s bicentennial celebrations in 2016, from the Times of Northwest Indiana.
South Carolina ETV has secured a grant from the NEH to support its interactive website exploring the history and culture of Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000 acre tract in Georgetown County, SC with historical plantations, canals, slave settlements and a resort used by World War II-era generals, writers, and politicians, from the Weekly Observer.
Review of Walter Isaacson’s presentation of the 43rd Jefferson Lecture, focusing on the lecture’s defense of the value of the humanities and heralding of the concept of the “human-technology symbiosis," as well as the audience’s enthusiastic reception to Isaacson’s “lively” delivery and “keen sense of comedic timing," from Inside Higher Education.
Review of “The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences,” Walter Isaacson’s Jefferson Lecture, by critic Phil Kennicott, who says that Isaacson’s speech was “thought provoking” and “optimistic,” and that his lecture “profoundly…raises the question of whether the peril to the humanities today even comes from science…[or] is simply economic," from the Washington Post.