NEH in the News
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.
A new biography of author Philip Roth -- Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books by Claudia Roth Pierpont -- has been published with excerpts released noting the author's experiences at the White House receiving the National Humanities Medal in March 2011, from The Guardian (UK).
Thanks to an NEH grant, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center of Cortez, CO will host a two-week workshop in the summer of 2014 for K-12 educators entitled Mesa Verde National Park: Convergences and Crossroads in the American Southwest; in addition to conducting archaeological fieldwork and laboratory analysis of Mesa Verde sites, participants will also join in readings, lectures and discussion groups on Pueblo history and culture, from the Cortez Journal.
Oklahoma receives two grants from NEH's November Council session: a Preservation Assistance Grant to the Miami Tribe to aid their preservation plan for the Myaamia Heritage Museum & Archive; and a fellowship for a University of Oklahoma professor who will complete a biography on heart disease researcher Ancel Keys, from The Miami News-Record.
Illinois College of Jacksonville, IL has been declared a recipient of a $200,000 NEH Challenge Grant; the college will use this grant seed money to leverage an additional $600,000 in donations toward expanding and improving archival storage capacity at the on-campus Schewe Library, from The State Journal-Register.
The remains of 31 French settlers from the early 18th century -- discovered through a four-year, NEH-funded excavation by a University of Southern Mississippi anthropology professor -- were formally reinterred in a unique ceremony marking historical ties between France and the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, MS, from Mississippi Press.
The Elmhurst Historical Museum will host an NEH-supported special event and concert on January 5, 2014 in honor of Illinois’ “Prairie Poet” Carl Sandburg and his American Songbag project, from the Chicago Tribune.