NEH in the News
On April 10, NEH hosted scholars and officials from the US and the People’s Republic of China for the Fourth US-China Cultural Forum. Attendees included Chinese Vice-Minister of Culture Ding Wei, Vice-Dean of the Academy of Ancient Chinese Studies Liu Dong, and Harvard Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations Peter Bol, from China Daily USA.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will work in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College to generate 150 course modules on world religions, thanks to an NEH grant, from the Brazil Times.
The Morris Museum in New Jersey will host the Smithsonian traveling exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” from May 2 through July 12 thanks to NEH support, from the Morris NewsBee.
Elaine Sullivan, assistant professor of history at UC Santa Cruz has been awarded a $47,200 NEH grant to develop a digital 3D model and virtual tour of the ancient Egyptian cemetery of Saqqara and its development and decay over 3,000 years, from the University of Santa Cruz Newscenter.
David Michelson, assistant professor of the history of Christianity at Vanderbilt, has been awarded with an NEH Collections and References Resources grant to support the work of Syriaca.org, an online scholarly reference work on the Syriac language and culture. Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic and the few small Syriac communities remaining in Syria and Iraq are currently under threat from war and massacres, from News at Vanderbilt.
Colleen Flaherty reviews and critiques Anna Deavere Smith’s delivery of the 44th annual Jefferson Lecture, noting her ability to inhabit American voices ranging from Stud Terkel to Congressman John Lewis and concluding that the lecture clearly showed Smith’s vision of the American character fundamentally revolving around the “possibility” of “a more perfect union", from Inside Higher Education.
Organizations in the greater Philadelphia area have been awarded nearly $1.4 million in NEH grants in the latest grant cycle, including significant grants to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the American Philosophical Society, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University, from the Philadelphia Inquirer.