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Office of Communications 

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

America’s Languages: Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century

Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century
Costica Bradatan

Q&A with NEH Public Scholar Costica Bradatan

NEH Public Scholar Costica Bradatan discusses his book In Praise of Failure

Presidents and the Press: A Pulitzer Centennial Event

NEH Chairman attends Presidents and the Press: A Pulitzer Centennial Event

20 NEH-Funded Films To Watch This Summer

NEH has opened new worlds of learning with noteworthy films
July 26, 2017

Iowa's Amazing Public Exposition Palaces

From 1887 through the 1930s more than 40 public exposition palace-type structures were created in at least 30 communities in middle America. This movement was launched by the success of the five Sioux City corn palaces beginning in 1887. Ottumwa produced coal palaces in 1890 and 1891. Blue Grass Palaces were constructed in Creston 1889-1892 and Forest City built flax palaces in 1892 and 1893.  A more modest temporary grain-covered structure was built in downtown Des Moines in 1905 and Iowans constructed a corn covered building for display at the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

July 24, 2017

American Politics and Community Today

 A Reading & Discussion Series.

July 22, 2017

Lewis and Clark in Iowa

“Lewis and Clark in Iowa” begins with the story before the expedition: the sale of the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. Tracing the 1803 course from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania to St. Charles, Missouri, Shurr discusses the background of the many “players” of the expedition including York, the engages, and Seaman. Moving up the Missouri River focus shifts to events occurring in Iowa such as the death of Sgt. Floyd.

July 22, 2017

Angels of the Kansas Coalfields

When coal was discovered in Southeast Kansas in the late 1860s, thousands came from all over the world to work the mines. This spirited act linked men and women together in one of the most dynamic pages in the history of American labor.

July 16, 2017  to  July 20, 2017

National History Day in the Classroom 2017 Teacher Workshop

Hosted by LaGrange College, and part of NHD Georgia’s mentoring and outreach partnership, this workshop will focus on implementing National History Day in the classroom—from topic selection and research, to project development and presentation.

Posted: April 28, 2017 Fulbright Lectureship, NEH Award Will Help Professor Advance Research in Human Rights, Citizenship
Webster University

Webster University faculty member Lindsey Kingston has received a Fulbright Lectureship and a National Endowment for the Humanities award, two prestigious honors that will advance her research in the areas of human rights and citizenship.

Kingston is an associate professor of International Human Rights in the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations, part of the Webster University College of Arts & Sciences, where she also serves as director of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.

Kingston was awarded the 2018 Fulbright Lectureship in International Politics at the University of Milan, Italy. As a Fulbright Scholar, Kingston will conduct research on migration, teach courses on statelessness and social movements, and contribute to the university’s academic community. She will be in residence at l'Università degli Studi di Milano during the Italian spring semester, which is March through June.

Posted: April 28, 2017 Rice’s McDaniel receives NEH grant to support book project on woman who sued former enslaver
Rice University / 4/28

Caleb McDaniel, an associate professor of history in Rice’s School of Humanities, is one of 30 grant recipients nationwide this year in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ program to support well-researched books in the humanities aimed at a broad public audience.

Posted: April 28, 2017 Trump retreat on arts money compounded by state House budget cuts, council says
Gloucester Daily Times

Advocates for public funding of arts programs are painting a dim picture of the House’s annual budget, saying its recommendation of a 13 percent cut in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council will force the council to scale back its work and comes as President Donald Trump is also retreating from the arts.

The budget (H 3600), approved 159-1 on Tuesday night, allocates $12,075,699 to the council, which promotes the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. The council received $14,299,000 this fiscal year and Gov. Charlie Baker in January proposed a budget of $14,307,229 for the council.

“We are deeply disappointed with the budget approved by the House, which calls for a 13 percent cut in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council,” MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson said in a statement. He added, “With the Trump Administration proposing the elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, now is not the time to step back from our commitment to the arts.”

Posted: April 28, 2017 Rose to meet with Congressional leaders amid worries about loss of federal research funding
The Bowdoin Orient

Every year Bowdoin professors and students receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal research funding. However, with a new administration in Washington, the College could soon see some of that funding disappear.

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal combines increased spending on defense with cuts to discretionary spending. Those cuts include $5.8 billion from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

As Congress considers the new budget in the coming weeks, President Clayton Rose plans to meet with Maine’s congressional delegation to discuss the potential changes. Rose declined to comment on when the meetings would occur.

“Issues that I plan to discuss with them on my visit include immigration, Title IX and issues of funding for arts, the humanities and the sciences,” Rose said.

Interim Dean for Academic Affairs Jen Scanlon stressed the importance of the College’s federal funding. Four Bowdoin professors are currently using grants from the NIH and one professor currently receives project funding from the NEH.

Posted: April 26, 2017 An Endless War
The Delta Statesment

Eliminating the NEH and NEA’s combined annual funds approbation of about $300 million would make little difference against $20 trillion, but that the impact of doing so would be devastating.

Among the affected areas would be our own Mississippi Delta, through the Delta Center for Culture and Learning here on campus. Every June and July for the past eight years, the Delta Center has hosted “The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta” workshop to bring seventy-two teachers to the Delta from across the world. The workshop has seen teachers from Brazil, Lesotho, Germany, and Bangladesh, among other places. Once here, the teachers immerse themselves in what Lee Aylward, the Delta Center’s Program Associate for Education and Community Outreach, calls the “Delta Story.”

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