NEH in the News
By seeking to address issues of current national concern, the National Endowment for the Humanities and its new chairman William Adams are navigating a complex path of addressing long-held criticisms of the humanities as too lofty and academic in a period of more intense Congressional scrutiny of humanities spending levels, from National Journal.
The new chairman of NEH, with the new Common Good initiative, is advocating that the nation continue its investments in the humanities and expand its scope to include contemporary issues, from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
New NEH Chairman William Adams unveils the Common Good initiative which seeks to shift some federal funding of the humanities toward supporting scholarship and works that address contemporary national issues. Topics that could be tackled in this initiative include the lessons of war, the balance of security with privacy concerns, biomedical ethics, and changing demographics, from the Associated Press.
The NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are working together to give grants to publishers to identify great humanities books, secure copyrights, and make them available for free as e-books with the newly-announced “Open Book Program.” $1 million each from the NEH and the Mellon Foundation has been allotted to the grant program which will have its first deadline for applications on June 10, from Talking New Media.
Old Salem Museum & Gardens will be screening four documentaries from the NEH-supported Created Equal film series as part of a series of presentations on civil rights from January through mid-April, from the Winston-Salem Chronicle.
The public television station of El Paso, TX and Shakespeare on the Rocks, a local theatre company, have received a $15,000 grant from WNET and the NEH to develop a bilingual presentation of Romeo and Juliet to connect audiences with the upcoming PBS series Shakespear Uncovered, from Voxxi.
Melanie Kiechle, assistant professor at Virginia Tech, has received an NEH fellowship to conduct research for her book Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Urban America, 1840-1900. The book will focus on the impact of industrialization and development in 19th century America and how it affected the way people view clean air, clean water, and the naturalness of smells, from the Augusta Free Press.
The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries have received an NEH Challenge Grant worth $500,000 to create an endowment fund that will broaden access to humanities resources relating to Jewish communities in Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, from Inside UF.