NEH in the News
In his delivery of the annual Future of the Humanities lecture at Cornell's Society for the Humanities last week, Chairman Adams spoke of increasing public skepticism of the value of the humanities and called for the restructuring of the undergraduate humanities curriculum toward preparation for citizenship and a shift in humanities graduate training toward careers beyond the academy, from the Cornell Chronicle.
Jill Robbins, Dean of the UC Merced School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, has received an NEH Fellowship to support the completion of her book about the role of poetry in the recovery of Spain from terrorist train bombing attacks on March 11, 2004 that killed 191 people, from UC Merced News.
Thanks to NEH support, the Richmond Public Library has been hosting a series of weekly events showing clips from the film Latino Americans: 500 Years of History and hosting discussions about the development of a diverse metro-Richmond whose Latino population resists categorization within the area's long-standing binary racial framework, from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The Humanities Action Lab, a coalition of 20 universities including the University of Massachusetts and its Public History Program, has received a $250,000 NEH grant in support of "States of Incarceration," a traveling exhibit, web platform, and curricula series focusing on mass incarceration and its impact on the public and the nation, from UMass News.
New databases collating information on escaped slaves -- including the NEH-supported "Freedom on the Move" project at Cornell -- are enabling historians and descendants of slaves to trace family trees, identify patterns of escape, and unveil forgotten histories of slavery's impact in the US, Canada and the UK, from the New York Times.
Flagler College in Florida will host a talk by professor Efrain Barradas on "What is Latino Art?" thanks to NEH support through the "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" grant program, from the St. Augustine Record.
Chairman William Adams is on a multi-day visit to Michigan, including stops at Henry Ford's estate for a reception celebrating the NEH's 50th anniversary, a dinner at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a tour of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Motor City's downtown, a visit to Wayne State University, and meetings with representatives of Michigan State and the University of Michigan, from the Washington Times.