NEH in the News
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.
Video interview by PBS correspondent Jeffrey Brown of NEH Chairman William Adams and NEA Chairman Jane Chu wherein they discuss the economic and social importance of arts and the humanities, the NEH’s Common Good initiative, and the value extracted from both agencies’ relatively small budgets, from PBS Newshour.