NEH in the News
At the recent annual Modern Language Association meeting, interest in attending panels focused on the digital humanities -- including one hosted by NEH Senior Program Officer Jason Rhody -- was higher than ever before. Humanities scholars and job-seekers are enthusiastic that technology’s ability to unearth new information or collate data faster will open new realms of study and expand career opportunities, from Inside Higher Ed.
The Brooklyn Historical Society will open its exhibit “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom” – funded by an NEH Public Programs grant -- on January 15th and will host it through December 2018. The exhibit explores and reveals the historical record of anti-slavery activity in Brooklyn from the end of the American Revolution to the end of the Civil War, noting the work of both white and free black residents of the borough to organize and pursue abolitionism, from the Wall Street Journal.
This week the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride, CO will begin five months of programming connected to the NEH's Muslim Journeys bookshelf; the library will host film screenings, lectures and cultural events relating to the theme of “Connected Histories” and how the West and the Islamic world share a common past, from the Telluride Daily Planet.
The public library of Wallingford, CT will be hosting four screenings of films from NEH’s Created Equal set from February through October of 2014. Each screening will be accompanied by a discussion led by a staff member from Choate Rosemary Hall, which teamed up with the town to provide expertise and assistance in giving context to the films’ history content, from The Record-Journal.
Emory University will be hosting an NEH-funded summer institute this summer on the cultural significance of art and cultural forms from members of the African diaspora and how it can be defined, understood and applied as an aesthetic. Historians, musicologists, art historians and religious studies scholars will lead participants through a variety of workshops, lectures and performances as part of the summer program and applications to participate are due by March 4th, from WRCB-TV (Chattanooga, TN).
Mystic Seaport of Mystic, CT is opening up public applications to become a ‘stowaway’ on the first voyage in 80 years by the oldest surviving US merchant vessel still in operation, the Charles E. Morgan. The selected stowaway will travel in the ship to ports across New England and will become an integrated member of the crew, performing sailing tasks and documenting the trip for social and public media. The program is sponsored by an NEH grant, from the Stonington-Mystic Patch.
Rochelle Johnson of the College of Idaho has been selected for an NEH Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year; her fellowship will be dedicated to researching and completing a biography of Susan Fenimore Cooper, one of America’s first environmental writers, from the Idaho Press-Tribune.
MidAmerica Nazarene University will be hosting a screening of the NEH Created Equal film The Abolitionists on January 27th in Olathe, KS. In addition to the film, the event will also feature an appearance by a John Brown reenactor as the event focuses on interpretations of Brown’s religious fervor and fierce struggle against slavery, from the Gardner Edge.
The Smithville Public Library of Smithville, TX is to host a second book discussion on January 20th as part of its participation in the NEH Muslim Journeys program; the book to be discussed will be Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, a graphic novel exploring a young girl’s experiences during the Iranian Islamic Revolution and how she coped with the resultant turmoil her family endured, from the Austin Statesman.
In the fast-changing realm of online technology and data, it takes effort to maintain digital humanities projects' relevance and computational value; one project at the forefront of such adaptability is the NEH-supported Visualizing Emancipation website that maps 3,400 data points to present a multiplayered perspective on the geographies and personal biographies of slaves and citizens in Civil War-era America, from The Chronicle of Higher Education.