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NEH Awards Summer Stipends to 142 U.S. Scholars

Sixteen stipends for humanities research earn recognition as We the People projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2004)--The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that it has awarded a total of $710,000 in summer stipends to 142 U.S. scholars for their individual research in the humanities. Sixteen of these projects have been named We the People projects, a special recognition by the NEH for model projects that advance the study, teaching, and understanding of American history and culture.

"NEH Summer Stipends provide opportunities for scholars to devote two uninterrupted months to their research and writing," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. "Their intensive work should contribute to deepening our knowledge and understanding of our nation and our world."

Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools.

Among the NEH Summer Stipends awarded this year are the following:

  • Peter Holliday, California State University, Long Beach, for "Historical Commemoration in the Hellenistic Age";
  • Celia Schultz, Yale University, New Haven, Ct., for "Addressing the Gods: Women's Religious Activity in the Roman Republic";
  • Dovile Budryte, Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga., for "The Transformation of Nationalism in the Baltic States, 1991-2003";
  • Richard Sha, American University, Washington, D.C., for "William Blake and Medicine"; and
  • Thaddeus Metz, University of Missouri, St. Louis, for "What Makes Knowledge Important."

The 16 We the People Summer Stipends include awards to Nicole Etcheson, University of Texas, El Paso, for "The Union Home Front: Putnam County, Indiana, in the Civil War Era"; James Davis, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt., for "On Religious Liberty: Selections from the Works of Roger Williams"; and Susan Ryan, University of Louisville, for "The Moral Economies of American Authorship, 1830-1870."

The Endowment received 968 eligible applications for NEH Summer Stipends, which provide $5,000 to each recipient for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing in the humanities. Stipends support individuals pursuing research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. This year's Summer Stipend recipients represent 40 states and the District of Columbia.

A list of the stipends awarded is available as an attachment in the box above.

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Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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