NEH in the News
James McBride, current winner of the National Book Award for fiction, will be speaking at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, MA on Oct 22 as part of their new author series, partly funded by NEH. McBride will be reading from his work The Good Lord Bird, a novel about fictional and real-life historical figures crossing paths during the Bleeding Kansas era, from the Lawrence Journal-World.
Clayton State University in Morrow, GA will host a civil rights forum on October 6 highlighting the NEH-supported documentary Freedom Riders and featuring Freedom Riders themselves speaking of their efforts to desegregate interstate travel in the US South, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, a collaborative database of almost 50 years of Terkel’s work, was awarded an NEH grant to catalog and make publicly available more than 5,000 interviews the radio host conducted; 400 of these interviews are already available with another 1,000 to be uploaded by February 2015, from Chicago Magazine.
American Public Television has released the pilot episode of Lost Treasure Hunt, an animated series funded in part by NEH, to public television stations to be broadcast over Columbus Day weekend. The series’ goal is to combine quality history information with engaging animation and characters, from Animation Magazine.
The East Coast stop of Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American at the Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia is coming to an end on October 26; the NEH-supported exhibit will begin a national tour in spring of 2015 with stops in Ohio and California, from Jewish Voice.
The Leominster Public Library in Leominster, MA will host a 75-minute presentation by dancers in Civil War-period historical costumes on October 12th as part of its ongoing “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” programming, from the Sentinel and Enterprise.
Miami University Associate Professor Anne Elizabeth Armstrong has received an NEH Digital Humanities grant to complete a location-based gaming app that immerses users into a recreation of a “Freedom Summer” training session held on the campus of the Western College for Women in June 1964. Play testing of the app will be done this autumn with a general release to iOS devices to follow, from the Miami Student.
The Film Forward film festival, partly funded by NEH, is making a four-day stop in southeastern Michigan to showcase a mix of American and foreign films designed to encourage cultural understanding and dialogue. Films that will be publicly screened for free include Fruitvale Station, Dancing in Jaffa and Valentine Road; additionally, filmmakers will participate in discussion forums and question-and-answer sessions, from the Detroit Free Press.
The University of New Mexico has received a third NEH grant to support the digitization of 100,000 pages of New Mexico newspapers published between 1852 to 1922 as part of the continuing National Digital Newspaper Program; this will bring New Mexico’s total of digitized newspaper pages to 300,000, from the Santa Fe New Mexican.
New NEH Chairman William D. Adams welcomed digital humanists presenting at the the 8th NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting held in Washington and spoke of the expanding opportunities available to scholars and the public thanks to the increasing use of technology to display, distribute and generate humanities content. The meeting showcased more than thirty NEH grant-supported digital humanities projects in development including a location-based online game recreating the events leading to 1964's "Freedom Summer" voter registration campaign, a programming language attuned to drafting designs for string instruments, and a conference to bring together digital humanists and military historians, from Insider Higher Ed.