NEH in the News
The Indiana State Library – recipient of two NEH Chronicling America grants – is working swiftly to digitally preserve the state’s important, but deteriorating, collection of old newspapers. The project’s current goal is to have a newspaper from each county in Indiana digitized by the time of the state’s bicentennial celebrations in 2016, from the Times of Northwest Indiana.
South Carolina ETV has secured a grant from the NEH to support its interactive website exploring the history and culture of Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000 acre tract in Georgetown County, SC with historical plantations, canals, slave settlements and a resort used by World War II-era generals, writers, and politicians, from the Weekly Observer.
Review of Walter Isaacson’s presentation of the 43rd Jefferson Lecture, focusing on the lecture’s defense of the value of the humanities and heralding of the concept of the “human-technology symbiosis," as well as the audience’s enthusiastic reception to Isaacson’s “lively” delivery and “keen sense of comedic timing," from Inside Higher Education.
Review of “The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences,” Walter Isaacson’s Jefferson Lecture, by critic Phil Kennicott, who says that Isaacson’s speech was “thought provoking” and “optimistic,” and that his lecture “profoundly…raises the question of whether the peril to the humanities today even comes from science…[or] is simply economic," from the Washington Post.
Summary of Walter Isaacson's delivery of the 43rd Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, with an emphasis on Isaacson's theses that the best developments in technology and science are moored in a deep appreciation and understanding of the humanities and that the potential achievements of those who embrace the "man-machine symbiosis" are vast and revolutionary, from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Dr. Ella Howard, assistant professor of History at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Georgia, has received an NEH fellowship to attend the “Doing Digital History” summer institute hosted at George Mason University. Dr. Howard is one of only 25 historians nationwide selected to attend the workshop, from the Savannah Tribune.
Carolyn Lyons-Reitz, a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas, has been selected to participate in a summer institute in Germany funded by the NEH. The program Lyons-Reitz will participate in will focus on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, from the Dallas Morning News.
On April 29, Nick Spitzer, host of the NEH-supported “American Routes” radio program, will present a program of local Gulf Coast music at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans, LA. These live performances will later be broadcast as part of the radio program on July 4, and will focus on exhibiting jazz, gospel, blues, and Cajun two-steps, from Nola Vie.