NEH in the News
The first round of NEH Public Scholar grants has been announced with 36 writers netting $1.7 million to produce, among other subjects, biographies on anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti, philosopher Denis Diderot, and a young, revolutionary Fidel Castro; an analysis of the Tet Offensive as a fulcrum point of the Cold War; and a history of the intersections of the civil rights movement and the space race in Huntsville, Alabama, from the Washington Post.
“Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggle in Texas,” a project to document 400 first-person accounts of the civil rights movement in Texas from 1954 through the mid-1970s, has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the NEH, from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The winners of the first batch of Public Scholar grants reflect on their selection as an opportunity to bridge the gap between academic topics and the general reading public. Grant awardee Professor Michael Gorra: “I think it’s [Public Scholar] a really great thing and also a vote of confidence in us that we’ll be able to do it," from Inside Higher Ed.
Dozens of teachers are learning the dynamic and influential reformist history of Rochester, New York through walking tours and workshops, funded by the NEH and run by staff from the College at Brockport, from the Democrat & Chronicle.
A $50,000 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant has been awarded by NEH to the Naperville Heritage Society in Illinois; the NHS will use the grant to develop a plan to manage their museum’s environmental conditions to better preserve items and artifacts on display, from Positively Naperville.
The Portland Japanese Garden will be closed for six months as it constructs a cultural village and the International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture, supported by a $500,000 NEH Challenge Grant and more than $20 million in leveraged private donations, from Oregon Live.