NEH in the News
The Illinois Humanities Council will be hosting a veterans book group in Danville, IL from now through February thanks to the NEH’s Standing Together initiative. The group will be facilitated by John Fundator, a US Army veteran, and Jennifer Satterlee, professor of humanities at Parkland College. Readings will include works ranging from Stephen Crane’s short story “The Veteran” to recently published works by Phil Klay, a veteran of the Iraq War, from the Commercial News.
On November 8, the Oceanside Public Library in Oceanside, CA will host their first ever “Walk a Mile in Their Boots” fair focused on giving civilians a better insight to military life and showcasing programs for active duty military, veterans and their families thanks to an NEH grant. The fair will include a children’s boot camp run by the Camp Pendleton Young Marines, a sampling of MRE rations, information on job training and work searches, and the painting of a community mural, from the Coast News.
Arizona Humanities, through a NEH grant and a partnership with ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center, is sponsoring a book club for veterans to create a safe space for vets to talk about their experiences, address issues of communication, and explore literature focused on the experience of war and its meaning. Meetings will be held at the Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix through December 10, from ASU 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.