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August 2014


the latest from FedState — August 14, 2014

The Amerika Samoa Humanities Council welcomed the Federal/State Partnership site team with a traditional 'Ava Ceremony. The Vailoa CCCAS Youth (an ASHC grantee) conducted the 'Ava Ceremony and performed traditional songs and dances. The Lieutenant Governor attended.

working together / collaborating together

A Day & Night of Celebrating the Book
A Day & Night of Celebrating the Book

Eleven councils will join NEH in the Pavilion of the States at this year's National Book Festival, August 30 from 10a to 10p, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The Pavilion of the States salutes American literary traditions and provides a list of 52 great reads and a map for kids that encourages them to visit all 52 tables (plus the Library of Congress Center for the Book table) to get a unique sticker or stamp.


The 2014 AASLH conference theme
The 2014 AASLH conference theme

Mary Downs of Preservation and Access will lead a session at the AASLH conference about NEH support of federal, state, and local collaborations. The Minnesota Humanities Center's Casey DeMarais will discuss partnerships with local and tribal communities. Holly Alonso will talk about Peralta Hacienda, one of several NEH-funded projects for and about Latinos featured in an NEH web article that includes the New York Council for the Humanities' Unidos program. Cal Humanities also funded Peralta Hacienda.


standing together

-Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.- -Norman Maclean
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” —Norman Maclean

54 x $10K = programs for veterans and veterans' communities. One involves fly fishing. The Wyoming Humanities Council is collaborating with the University of Wyoming Veterans Service Office on "Project Healing Waters," where veterans will read and talk about Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It during fly fishing trips. The Oklahoma Humanities Council will work on a TV program about Native veterans, and the Ohio Humanities Council is dedicating a grant line for projects that engage veterans and communities.


The Christian Science Monitor writes: "When the three women profiled in Helen Thorpe's ... Soldier Girls signed up for the Indiana National Guard, 9/11 had not yet occurred. ... [N]one of them ever imagined that she would serve in the combat zone of a foreign war. But 9/11 changed everything. All three were deployed to Afghanistan, and two later were sent to Iraq—with drastic consequences for their own lives and those of their families."

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Nicholas Kristof has a strong defense of the humanities in today's New York Times.

Welcome Douglas G. Fisher as the new ED of CT Humanities. He is a public relations and marketing professional who has worked with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently he served as a senior officer with the consulting firm Goman+York and as executive director of New England's Knowledge Corridor, an interstate marketing collaborative.

The Michigan Humanities Council has been awarded a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch a new statewide program to share local stories about race and cultural history.

Montana turns 150 in 2014 and Humanities Montana's ED Ken Egan not only has a list of good reads about the state but also has written Montana 1864, available in September.

Vice President Joe Biden swore in William "Bro" Adams July 22nd as the 10th NEH Chairman.


Diane Rehm, radio host, received a National Humanities Medal "for illuminating the people and stories behind the headlines. In probing interviews with pundits, poets, and Presidents, Ms. Rehm’s incisive, confident, and curious voice has deepened our understanding of our communities and our culture."


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