NEH in the News
David Michelson, assistant professor of the history of Christianity at Vanderbilt, has been awarded with an NEH Collections and References Resources grant to support the work of Syriaca.org, an online scholarly reference work on the Syriac language and culture. Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic and the few small Syriac communities remaining in Syria and Iraq are currently under threat from war and massacres, from News at Vanderbilt.
Colleen Flaherty reviews and critiques Anna Deavere Smith’s delivery of the 44th annual Jefferson Lecture, noting her ability to inhabit American voices ranging from Stud Terkel to Congressman John Lewis and concluding that the lecture clearly showed Smith’s vision of the American character fundamentally revolving around the “possibility” of “a more perfect union", from Inside Higher Education.
Organizations in the greater Philadelphia area have been awarded nearly $1.4 million in NEH grants in the latest grant cycle, including significant grants to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the American Philosophical Society, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University, from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The NEH has awarded grants worth $1.4 million to California-based organizations and scholars, including $1 million to Ken Burns for a 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War and $40,000 to the LA County Museum of Art for a touring exhibit on the art of Sri Lanka, from the Los Angeles Times.
The Aquila Theatre Company has been awarded a two-year NEH grant of $350,000 to fund its Warrior Chorus program; the program will train 100 veterans in four regional centers to present scholar-led public programming based on classical literature informed with a veterans perspective on war, home, culture, and family, from Broadway World.
The New York Philharmonic has received a $300,000 NEH grant to support the institution’s multiyear project digitizing more than 3 million pages of archival correspondence, operation files, scores, programs, press clippings and financial ledgers dating back to 1842; this is the Philharmonic’s first NEH grant in thirty years, from Broadway World.
The George Eastman House in Rochester, NY has been awarded a $100,000 NEH grant to develop an interactive Technicolor Online Research Archive containing 60,000 artifacts from the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation dating from between 1915 and 1955, from the Democrat and Chronicle.
As military and civic leaders continue to discuss the social and cultural separation between veterans and civilians, new efforts and programs – such as the NEH’s Standing Together initiative – seek to connect the home front public with the stories and experiences of veterans and their families, from the Military Times.
“On Monday, the National Endowment for the Humanities will announce a $125,000 grant it has awarded to [New York City’s] Department of Records and Information Services” for the digitization of 30,000 photographs taken between 1914 and 1975 by the NYPD’s photo unit. Most of the photos have never been seen by the public and provide a stark comparison of tone and scene with the works of famed night-crawler crime photographer Weegee, from the New York Times.