NEH in the News
New Orleans-native Walter Isaacson has been announced as the 2014 Jefferson Lecturer and will deliver a speech entitled “The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences," from Isaacson's hometown paper, the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The University of Kentucky has been able to digitize 264,000 pages of materials from the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection thanks to an NEH grant. The majority of the collection contains materials focused on the history and economic development of the Eastern Kentucky coalfield from 1788 to 1976. The newly-digitized items can be found online at the Kentucky Virtual Library, from the Kentucky Forward.
The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, TX has received a second NEH Preservation Assistance Grant of $6,000. The grant money will go toward expanding environmental monitoring to all record storage areas and creating a quarantine room to inspect incoming collections from the ten counties in metropolitan Houston that the library serves, from The Vindicator.
Education colunist Rebecca Schuman argues that one way to rectify continuing issues with college athletic programs failing to properly educate – or in some cases, outright falsifying grades for – student-athletes is to have universities create new academic departments dedicated to teaching only student-athletes. These departments could be funded via sports proceeds and, to make sure the student-athletes were receiving a legitimate higher education, could be “administered with outside reviewers, maybe from some incorruptible organization like the National Endowment for the Humanities," from Slate.
HyperStudio -- the lab for digital humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- has recently received an NEH Digital Humanities grant to continue work on Annotation Studio, an open software platform allowing annotation to be added to digital versions of texts; the program development has been undergoing testing and try-outs in MIT’s humanities classrooms and by other universities worldwide which have embraced Annotation Studio or have used the base code for projects of their own, from The MIT 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).