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Bridging Cultures Implementation Grants, 2011

April 3, 2012 | By NEH Staff


Building on the foundation created by the Bridging Cultures Planning Grants, NEH has funded follow-up projects aimed at expanding regional and national opportunities for humanities-based discussions of the two initial themes: civility and democracy and humanities and the Muslim world.

  • Poetic Voices of the Muslim World. City Lore, in partnership with the Poets House in New York City and the American Library Association (ALA), will implement a two-year program that uses scholarly interpretation and performance of oral and literary Muslim poetry tradition to increase understanding of Muslim cultures. Programming will take place in six public library systems across the United States.
  • Civility and Free Expression in a Constitutional Democracy – A National Dialogue. The American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education will implement a series of thirteen public programs plus on-line resources exploring the balance between civility and constitutional guarantees of free expression, and the roles of each in a democracy. The ABA will host thirteen two-hour programs in nine states. Five areas of focus: 1) public discourse; 2) cyberspace; 3) popular culture; 4) the public square; and 5) among cross-cultural perspectives. Access videos, lesson plans, and discussion starters here.

Bridging Cultures is an agency-wide initiative, engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.