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The Office of Communications represents the National Endowment for the Humanities in communications with the media and members of the public. Its mission is to disseminate information about NEH grant programs and products and to promote the importance of the humanities our country’s cultural advancement and in enriching the lives of its citizens.

The Office of Communications publishes news releases and other information, works with the news media to keep them informed of the work of the agency and its grantees, manages the agency’s website and social media, and publishes announcements of NEH grants. The office also responds to media requests, arranges interviews with NEH staff, and coordinates major NEH public events, including the National Humanities Medals and the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

To reach NEH’s Office of Communications, please contact:

telephone: 202-606-8446
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Recent News

8 NEH-funded films to watch this winter

8 NEH-Funded Films To Watch This Winter

NEH has opened new worlds of learning with noteworthy films
William Theodore de Bary

Remembering William Theodore de Bary

Professor of Asian studies and recipient of the 2013 National Humanities Medal
National History Day

Thirty Middle and High School Students Named National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars at 2017 National History Day

Thirty middle and high school students named National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars at 2017 National History Day
March 29, 2018

A Fierce Language: Falling in Love with Poetry

Drawing on diverse poets, including the rich contribution of Washington State’s poets, poet and performer Judith Adams takes us on a journey to rediscover the music, power, humor, and strength of poetry, showing how it can radically enhance, change, and even save our lives. She’ll also discuss the joy of reciting poetry by heart, listen to audience members’ experience with poetry, and lead exercises to fire up the poet in all of us.

March 26, 2018

Shakespeare Talks

BridgeValley Community College brings Christiana Clark, an award-winning professional stage actor to southern West Virginia to give talks focusing on the works of writers from Shakespeare to August Wilson.

March 25, 2018

Not Just for Kids: How Children’s Literature Inspires Bold Conversations

In this talk, University of Washington lecturer Anu Taranath will showcase children’s books from around the world as well as diverse communities in the US, inviting audiences to take a closer look at kids’ books, and suggests we adults might also learn some new lessons about how to navigate our complicated world.

March 24, 2018

H2OMG! Making Sense of Water Scarcity in an Insecure World

In this talk led by economist and former Gates Foundation policy maker Rachel Cardone, participants learn about water scarcity and its effects both globally and at local levels here in Washington State.

March 22, 2018

Lewis and Clark Meet the Sioux

On their expedition, Lewis and Clark knew from their investigations in St. Louis that support and cooperation from the Sioux bands was vital to the success of American trade with the Missouri River tribes.

Posted: March 22, 2018 Nelson Algren Museum to celebrate birthday of writer and photographer Art Shay

"Our speaker on Sunday will be Erik Gellman," the Nelson Algren Museum said in a press release. "Erik is an Associate Professor of History and the Associate Director of the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He's the author of 'Death Blow to Jim Crow: The National Negro Congress and the Rise of Militant Civil Rights' and 'The Gospel of the Working Class: Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America.' He's also co-directed National Endowment for the Humanities and Terra Foundation programs on the Black Chicago Renaissance for school teachers. Thanks to an NEH Public Scholar fellowship, he's in the process of writing his next book, 'Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles through the Lens of Art Shay,' which seeks to provide a synthetic textual and visual narrative of Chicago's postwar urban history and protest politics."

Posted: March 22, 2018 National photo exhibit on poverty to open at Hayes center
Fremont News Messenger

With a new poverty-themed photo exhibit opening in April, the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums is starting a donation drive to help the community's neediest residents.  “Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives” will be open April 7 to May 25 in the lower level of the museum.

Dustin McLochlin, Hayes curator, said as the museum was planning for 2018, officials began looking at the idea of showing the Riis exhibit — which looks closely at poverty around the turn of the 20th century — while addressing the issue of poverty on a local level.  According to Hayes officials, Riis was a photojournalist and social reformer who publicized the crises in housing, education and poverty at the height of European immigration to New York in the late 19th century.

“Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives” was created by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is part of its touring program, NEH on the Road.

Posted: March 22, 2018 Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. to tell stories, share WWI photos
Mount Desert Islander

Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. will explore the role played by Maine men and women in World War I, especially here at home, at a talk and slideshow at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

When the United States joined the war on April 16, 1917, Mainers answered the call. By 1918, 35,000 Maine men and women had joined the military, and by the end of the war, Maine civilians had donated an average of $147 per person to the war effort.

This talk, featuring previously unseen historic photographs, many of them real photo postcards of the period, tells the story of recruitment, troop departures, parades, bond drives, shipbuilding, war-related industries and knitting socks for the soldiers.

This event is part of World War I and America, a series of programs that are supported by a grant from World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of the Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations with support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: March 22, 2018 Historian aims to capture life at Alaska cannery, calls for local stories
Blaine Northern Light News

To highlight the historical significance of one of Alaska’s oldest salmon canneries in South Naknek, an Alaska historian is reaching out to Blaine and Birch Bay residents for their stories.

Dubbed the “Diamond NN” by locals in the Bristol Bay borough, the cannery was owned by the Alaska Packers Association, which also owned a cannery on Semiahmoo spit. The NN Cannery operated for over 100 years, drawing workers from around the world and as close as Blaine.

“The alumni of [Alaska Packers Association] canneries number in the thousands and each individual has a story to tell,” said Alaska historian Katie Ringsmuth in a press release. She’s leading a three-tiered project that aims to get the NN Cannery on the National Register of Historic Places, develop educational materials about cannery life and create an exhibition called “Mug Up” that features stories and photos from workers for the Alaska State Museum.

Operating under The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit, Ringsmuth and
her team has raised approximately $111,000 since they started the project through outreach and grant writing; $60,000 of that was granted to the team by the National Endowment for the Humanities for the “Mug Up” exhibit, which will eventually display at the Alaska State Museum, she said.

“What’s forgotten are all of the different people who came to Alaska to participate in this industry,” Ringsmuth said. “Alaska connects the rest of the country to the larger world.”

Posted: March 16, 2018 Roanoke conference brings in experts to explore issues faced by veterans and their families
Roanoke Times

When veterans and their families return to civilian life they face challenges that largely go unexplored by the nation’s intellectuals.

Virginia Tech English professor James Dubinsky said some universities are changing that and are beginning to study veterans much the same way that a generation ago they began women’s studies and African-American studies programs.

Dubinsky said Tech’s Liberal Arts College and University Libraries is working toward building a veterans studies program. Two other universities — Arizona State University and the University of Missouri at St. Louis — are further along in creating similar programs and are co-sponsors of the forum. Tech also has won support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mostly at universities where veterans are being studied, only one or two professors in history, psychology, sociology, arts at universities are looking at the issues, he said. The conference gives them a chance to connect with each other and with the people they are studying.

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