NEH in the News
An op-ed triggered by the recent Humanities cover story on NEH’s support for the “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibit in the 1970s wherein the King Tut craze that swept the USA, and specifically New Orleans, is remembered fondly – not only for its diplomatic and historical value, but also for the visitors, money, and unique celebratory atmosphere it brought to the Big Easy, from the Baton Rouge Advocate.
Deputy Chairman Peggy Plympton speaks with WAMU’s Lauren Landau about the golden anniversary of the NEH and how the true value of the agency goes beyond funding dollars – “We actually stand as a signal, 'this is an important project.’ So our role is one of drawing attention to particular projects and of communicating the excellence and the quality of those projects," from WAMU-FM.
NEH Chairman William Adams delivered the keynote lecture – “The Future and Value of Humanities Research” – at a conference in Tempe marking the 10th anniversary of Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research. Chairman Adams: “Most of the big challenges we face as a country are not primarily scientific or technical. The real challenges we face are those that revolve around history, culture, ideas and values," from ASU News.
The 13th Annual South Dakota Festival of Books, supported by NEH, will return to the Black Hills from September 24-27 and will feature over 100 workshops, discussions and special events, from the Black Hills Pioneer.
Evelyn Higginbotham, co-editor of the 12-volume African American National Biography and editor of The Harvard Guide to African-American History, was selected as one of the 10 recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal conferred in a September 10 ceremony at the White House, from The Afro.
Angel Nieves, associate professor of Africana studies and co-director of Hamilton College’s Digital Humanities Initiative, has been awarded with an NEH ODH grant to support a three-week long summer institute on “Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies," from The Spectator.
As tech companies and new apps claim to be disruptive gamechangers with regards to online higher education, the fact remains that the bulk of current digital humanities data visualization projects rely on traditional research universities or the NEH for funding. “Despite an annual budget of less than $150 million, the agency has invested in more than 70,000 humanities projects since its inception. When it comes to funding digital projects, the NEH Office of the Digital Humanities is second to none," from PC Magazine.