NEH in the News
The Catawba County Library in Newton, North Carolina has garnered an NEH-ALA Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant and plans to use the funding to host Hispanophone guest speakers, an art exhibit, bilingual storytime events for children, and six screenings of the NEH-funded documentary, from the Hickory Record.
Judith Dupré, lecturer at the School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education at SUNY-Purchase has been awarded an NEH Public Scholar Grant to support her project, One World Trade Center: The Biography of the Building, a look into the design, planning, engineering and history of the WTC complex, from the Harrison Daily Voice.
University of New Orleans English professor Anne Boyd Rioux has won an NEH Public Scholar grant of $50,400 to complete and publish her work Reading ‘Little Women’: The History of an American Classic, from the New Orleans Advocate.
The NEH-funded Warrior-Scholar Project has expanded to Georgetown University and ten other college campuses this year, but its mission remains the same: helping veterans tackle the challenges of the college classroom and transition from warriors to students, from the Washington Post.
The first round of NEH Public Scholar grants has been announced with 36 writers netting $1.7 million to produce, among other subjects, biographies on anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti, philosopher Denis Diderot, and a young, revolutionary Fidel Castro; an analysis of the Tet Offensive as a fulcrum point of the Cold War; and a history of the intersections of the civil rights movement and the space race in Huntsville, Alabama, from the Washington Post.
“Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggle in Texas,” a project to document 400 first-person accounts of the civil rights movement in Texas from 1954 through the mid-1970s, has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the NEH, from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The winners of the first batch of Public Scholar grants reflect on their selection as an opportunity to bridge the gap between academic topics and the general reading public. Grant awardee Professor Michael Gorra: “I think it’s [Public Scholar] a really great thing and also a vote of confidence in us that we’ll be able to do it," from Inside Higher Ed.