NEH in the News
#HackFSM, hosted by Digital Humanities at UCal—Berkeley and Bancroft Library, marks the first humanities-based hackathon event at Berkeley and encouraged participants to design a new interface for the general public to access digital documents relating to the campus’ Free Speech Movement. The winning team, comprised of both humanities and computer science majors, will have their project replace the library’s current interface, from The Daily Californian.
Chemistry teacher Sue Petrone of Califon, NJ was selected as an NEH summer scholar to attend an NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop in July; the workshop Petrone will attend will be held at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, and will focus on the history of the Manhattan Project and the impact of atomic weapon development in the West, from NJ.com.
The Victoria Regional History Center at the Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library has received a $6,000 NEH Preservation grant to conduct an on-site survey of the center’s collections and make recommendations for long-term preservation. The grant will also be used to develop a library disaster plan to augment those of the college and university, from the Victoria Advocate.
Exploration on the development and unveiling of Trading Consequences, an NEH-supported Digging Into Data project that provides multiple interfaces to big data storehouses of information on global commodities from the 18th to mid-20th century, from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Aquila Theatre Company will launch its first You|Stories program with a staged reading of A Female Philoctetes, a new rendering of the original Sophocles piece with the title role played as a modern female combat soldier, at the BAM Fisher’s Hillman Studio from April 16 to 19. You|Stories is a new program funded by the NEH that focuses on using the humanities to explore the ancient and modern narratives of war and its aftermath, from Broadway World.
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis reopens after completing a near $28 million renovation, aided in part with two NEH grants. Visitors to the museum can now experience improved exhibits covering more than 500 years of history from the slave trade to the Civil War and modern civil rights advocates, from USA Today.
New exhibit offerings at the revamped National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis include a recreation of a segregated lunch counter, a vintage Montgomery city bus, and interactive information boards thanks to a $28 million renovation. Two NEH grants aided in the Museum's fundraising to bring the story of the Civil Rights Movement to a new generation, from NPR.
The library system at the University of Pennsylvania will be reconfiguring and expanding two online databases thanks to two NEH grants totaling $530,000. The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts -- the largest online repository of data on Medieval and Early Modern manuscrupts – will be converted into a global open-access tool where scholars and students can collaborate thanks to the first grant while the second grant will allow the University will launch a new database of over 300,000 Indic-language digitized manuscripts that will be accessible by the general public, from The Daily Pennsylvanian.