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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
email: communications[at]neh[dot]gov

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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
September 30, 2018

The Journey to Mollie's War: WACS and World War II

This presentation will also feature information about other WACs from Illinois, including two based at Camp Ellis in Fulton County who served as telephone operators for the Roosevelt-Churchill Conference in Quebec in September 1944. It will invite contemplation of the vital and varied roles that women have fulfilled in the American military and as citizens of Illinois.

September 25, 2018

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care

Begun 20 years ago in Maine, Literature & Medicine offers scholar-led reading and discussion groups that use works of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction to explore what’s at the heart of healthcare.

September 22, 2018

A Road Runs Through It: Tourism, Culture, and the Politics of Conservation

Explore the concept of conservation through the lens of safari tourism in Tanzania, where the Maasai community has found itself struggling at the intersection of environmental activism, tourism, land rights, and civic rights; and where a proposed highway through the Serengeti sparked international outrage.

September 17, 2018

Early Mexican Settlements in Railroad Boxcar Communities in Greater Chicago, Illinois, and the Midwest

The presentation will highlight the vibrant social and cultural life of these Mexican settlers who lived in the railroad boxcar communities.

September 15, 2018

Folk Art and Culture

Folk art is the art produced by self-taught people. Every culture has its share of folk artists, yet art historians often deny folk art its rightful place alongside fine art.

Posted: August 15, 2018 Library of Living Philosophers receives grant for new publication
Southern Illinois University News

On the cusp of its 36th publication, the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Library of Living Philosophers, housed in the philosophy department, will receive funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of a new and unique collaborative research project.

The $39,300 awarded to Sara Beardsworth, Library of Living Philosophers series editor and project director for the collaborative research grant, will support the upcoming publication of “The Philosophy of Julia Kristeva,” which is scheduled for release in 2021.

With the goal of supporting vital research, education and the preservation of educational resources in the humanities, the NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.

The Endowment accomplishes its mission by awarding grants for the top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. The organization has only awarded seven grants nationally in the category of collaborative research in 2018.

Posted: August 15, 2018 Grant moves forward WQED's 'The Shanghailanders' documentary

A National Endowment for the Humanities grant is helping to move forward the development phase of a 90-minute documentary WQED plans to produce focusing on the social, cultural, and political legacies of European Jews who found refuge in Shanghai, China, during the late 1930s.

The grant award is in the category of media projects, according to a news release, to support film, television, and radio projects that explore significant events, figures, and ideas within the humanities.

“This grant is an important endorsement of our efforts to share this significant point in history with the national PBS system. The financial award is the first step that leads to further funding opportunities to go into actual production,” Darryl Ford Williams, WQED vice president of content, says in the release.

With a working title of “The Shanghailanders,” the documentary will cover the intersection of cultures and conflict. Shanghai had for centuries a complex association with Jewish immigrants, and was the pivotal point for tens of thousands of Jews desperate to flee Nazi persecution during World War II when the rest of the world had turned its back on them, the release adds.

Posted: August 15, 2018 NC school gets grant for African-American Heritage Center

A historically black university in North Carolina has received a $350,000 grant to turn a 1920s-era school for African-American children into a center to tell the stories of those students and others educated at similar schools.

Elizabeth City State University officials say in a news release that National Endowment for the Humanities gave the grant to pay for the renovation of the Rosenwald School building and the Principal's House on the campus.

ECSU officials said last week that they must match the grant with donations to go toward the $1.5 million cost of turning the buildings into the Northeastern North Carolina African-American Research and Cultural Heritage Center.

Rosenwald Schools were named for Julius Rosenwald, a Sears and Roebuck executive who paid for schools for rural black children across the Southeast.

Posted: August 15, 2018 More old SD newspapers to be digitized
The Capital Journal

Even more old South Dakota newspapers will be viewable and machine searchable from living rooms across the world.

Dozens of archives from papers across the state already have been digitized. The continuation of the project is made possible by a third round of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In a news release last week, the South Dakota State Historical Society announced it had received another NEH grant – this one for $280,200 – to digitize old newspapers that were published in the state.

The newspapers will be digitized from microfilm already housed at the state archives. The images and the digital text – which will allow people to search across the entire set of newspapers – will become a part of a U.S. Library of Congress initiative called Chronicling America.

Posted: August 14, 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities awards $43.1 million in grants
Art News Daily

National Endowment for the Humanities awards $43.1 million in grants | The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced its final round of funding for the 2018 fiscal year. More than 200 projects across the US will be awarded a total of $43.1 million in grants. The recipients include visual art projects, academic publications, research centres and cultural hubs. Almost a third of the total amount will constitute the NEH’s new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants, which support physical and digital arts infrastructure.

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