NEH in the News
The University of California, Riverside has received $100,000 for a two-year interdisciplinary program for humanities and medical faculty to collaborate on new methods of training medical students in humanities disciplines to increase communications abilities in doctors. Entitled “Narrative in Tandem: Creating New Medical and Health Humanities Programming,” fields such as reflective writing to cultural anthropology will be analyzed by participants to determine new syllabi to be implemented no later than summer 2014. The program will also focus on medical histories of local concern to southern California, including diabetes and trauma, from UCR Today.
Walter Isaacson, recently selected as the 43rd NEH Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, has also been endowed with the 2014 Humanist of the Year award by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The honor will be bestowed to Isaacson on March 29th at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans, from the Times-Picayune.
California State University—Stanislaus English Professor Jesse Wolfe has received an NEH faculty research grant, allowing him to plan a nine-month sabbatical during which he will finish his second book, tentatively titled The Muddle and the Dream: Intimacy, Utopia, and the Legacies of Bloomsbury in Postmodern Fiction, from the Turlock City News.
Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL will unveil a new exhibit entitled “Let the Church Say Amen: Rocky Fork Church in Voice and Vision” on February 12. The exhibit, made possible by an NEH Challenge Grant, showcases the history of the Rocky Fork community -- a former riverside settlement in the 19th century populated by fugitive slaves making their way north to Illinois via the Underground Railroad, from The Intelligencer.
New Orleans-native Walter Isaacson has been announced as the 2014 Jefferson Lecturer and will deliver a speech entitled “The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences," from Isaacson's hometown paper, the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The University of Kentucky has been able to digitize 264,000 pages of materials from the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection thanks to an NEH grant. The majority of the collection contains materials focused on the history and economic development of the Eastern Kentucky coalfield from 1788 to 1976. The newly-digitized items can be found online at the Kentucky Virtual Library, from the Kentucky Forward.
The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, TX has received a second NEH Preservation Assistance Grant of $6,000. The grant money will go toward expanding environmental monitoring to all record storage areas and creating a quarantine room to inspect incoming collections from the ten counties in metropolitan Houston that the library serves, from The Vindicator.
Education colunist Rebecca Schuman argues that one way to rectify continuing issues with college athletic programs failing to properly educate – or in some cases, outright falsifying grades for – student-athletes is to have universities create new academic departments dedicated to teaching only student-athletes. These departments could be funded via sports proceeds and, to make sure the student-athletes were receiving a legitimate higher education, could be “administered with outside reviewers, maybe from some incorruptible organization like the National Endowment for the Humanities," from Slate.