NEH in the News
In 1962, Yale University was gifted a faded, scuffed version of a 1491 map of Eurasia and Africa made by Henricus Martellus, a German cartographer working in Renaissance Florence. Thanks to an NEH grant, a team of researchers is using multispectral imagery and analysis to reveal stunning text and data hidden in the faded map, including details on Southern Africa that suggests Martellus used information from Ethiopian emissaries in addition to Western cartographic resources, from Yale News.
The University of Oklahoma is one of eight new colleges nationwide marking their first year hosting the Warrior-Scholar Project, an NEH-supported program that provides military veterans with resources and structure to transition from the battlefield to academic pursuits, from the Oklahoma Daily.
C. Riley Snorton, assistant professor of Africana studies and feminist, gender and sexuality studies at Cornell, has won an NEH-supported Schomburg Center Scholar-in-Residence fellowship to support his work on a book analyzing black gender identities and the concept of an emerging “transness” in US history between 1850 and 1992, from the Cornell Chronicle.
Thanks to support from the NEH’s Standing Together initiative, the Guam Humanities Council developed its Guam Women Warriors project: a peer-to-peer oral history program that seeks to document the island territory’s long-standing military community and present stories collected from servicewomen as an online exhibit, from the Pacific Daily News.
“American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood” – supported by NEH and the first major show devoted to Benton in 25 years – opens at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts this month, providing a view of the artist’s ambivalent, conflicted relationship with the rise of film and the commercialization of mass culture in the interwar period, from the Boston Globe.
Gretchen Dabbs, bio-archaeologist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has won a $253,817 NEH grant for her research project excavating the former Egyptian imperial city of Amarna/Aketaten under the work title “Death and the City: Toward an Integrated Narrative of Life and Death in Ancient Egypt," from SIU News.
The University of Minnesota has won a $100,000 NEH grant to create a digitized online catalog of the archives of the Guthrie Theater, including set designs and script notes from staged productions, from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The Mendocino Museum in Willits, California has received an NEH grant to host “Uncivil Homefront: Mendocino County During the Civil War” through June 21, featuring Lincoln re-enactors, photos, exhibits, and background on local aspects of the conflict, from the Ukiah Daily Journal.
Chairman Adams argues that If America’s future democracy is to thrive, then colleges – especially community colleges that serve an increasingly diverse young population – cannot just be seen as “workforce pipelines.” They must also be understood to be institutions that can create more knowledgeable citizens with both the technical and civic skills necessary for an increasingly complex economy and interconnected world, from the Detroit News.