NEH in the News
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.
The NEH has awarded grants worth $1.4 million to California-based organizations and scholars, including $1 million to Ken Burns for a 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War and $40,000 to the LA County Museum of Art for a touring exhibit on the art of Sri Lanka, from the Los Angeles Times.
The Aquila Theatre Company has been awarded a two-year NEH grant of $350,000 to fund its Warrior Chorus program; the program will train 100 veterans in four regional centers to present scholar-led public programming based on classical literature informed with a veterans perspective on war, home, culture, and family, from Broadway World.
The New York Philharmonic has received a $300,000 NEH grant to support the institution’s multiyear project digitizing more than 3 million pages of archival correspondence, operation files, scores, programs, press clippings and financial ledgers dating back to 1842; this is the Philharmonic’s first NEH grant in thirty years, from Broadway World.