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January 2007

                                                                                     January 26, 2007

… the latest from Suite 603

Logos of the 56 state & jurisdictional humanities councils

here's what the 56 councils look like

A search for a few sample council or program logos resulted in a collection of all 56 of them. It's fascinating to see the colors that are used. There are circles, symbols and ideographs of interconnection, the letter H, images of characteristic scenery. Together, they provide an intriguing view of how 56 public humanities organizations, covering half the globe, visually describe themselves.


updates …

Chairman Cole announced that Thomas Lindsay, the director of the We the People initiative, has become Deputy Chairman. He will continue to work with We the People. Carole Watson, who had been Acting Deputy Chairman, has returned to her position as Assistant Chairman for Partnerships and National Affairs. She works directly with Federal/State Partnership. Andrew Hazlett has assumed a larger role in formulating and directing NEH policy in the new position of Chief of Staff & Counselor to the Chairman. Michael McDonald, who has served as Acting Assistant Chairman for Programs, is now Assistant Chairman for Programs.

Federal/State Partnership looks forwarding to welcoming Erik Jorgensen (Maine Humanities Council), Greg Kimura (Alaska Humanities Forum), Ted Lord (Humanities Washington), and Julie Mulvihill (Kansas Humanities Council) to our offices on February 6th for a day of orientation to the National Endowment for the Humanities. We know that this day will be one of lively interchange with the four newest directors in our network. The day of NEH orientation will be followed by a day spent with the Federation of State Humanities Councils, hosted by Esther Mackintosh and John Matthews.

NEH has announced 288 new awards recently made. Check out those made to your states. Read more >>>

Federal/State Partnership introduces the newest member of its staff, Zachary White. Zach is a senior political science major at the University of New Hampshire who loves jazz and European travel. He will be working with us until May. If Zach calls or emails you, please welcome him.


report …

Julie Yoder (Arizona Humanities Council),  Ralph Lewin (California Council for the Humanities), Michelle Quisenberry (New Mexico Humanities Council), and Norma Cantu (Humanities Texas) joined Bruce Cole and Carole Watson in participating in a Cultural Bi-National Border State meeting held in New York City on January 19th. Sponsored by the U.S. Mexico Foundation for Culture, working in partnership with Arts Presenters, this meeting brought together the leadership of State Arts Agencies and State Humanities Councils from Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas with their counterparts from the Institutes of Fine Arts in Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Nuevo Leon. Julie reports that "consular people who were there … [urged] us to contact them about exchanges across the border."


reminder about two deadlines …

… for nominations for the 2007 Coming Up Taller awards is January 31. Read more >>>

… for nominations for Jefferson Lecture is February 6. Read more >>> 


National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20506
202.606.8254, main number
202.606.8365, fax

Edie Manza, director
Kathleen Mitchell, senior program officer
Shirley Newman, program assistant
Dwan Reece, senior program officer
Zachary White, intern

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