NEH in the News
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.
The Manatee County Public Library System in Florida extended its display of the NEH-funded traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” with a live musical performance of Civil War-era songs and displays of artifacts and items typically carried by Union Army soldiers during the occupation of the South, from the Bradenton Herald.