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June 2014


the latest from FedState — June 13, 2014

The southwest facade of Constitution Center. Federal/State Partnership—and most of NEH—are on the 4th floor. The church across the street, reflected in the windows, rings bells hourly.

From top left: the view from Kathleen's office, looking toward Edie's; sculpture in the lush Constitution Center courtyard; light sculpture near the building entrance to the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station. CC has a cafeteria, fitness center, and large auditorium.

Click on the image for a large-scale floorplan.
Click on the image for a large-scale floorplan.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is now at home at Constitution Center. Someone said the other day that being in the new building is like moving from middle school to high school. We're still figuring out who's where, stopping to chat, and catching up with colleagues we may not have known all that well before but who are now close neighbors. We're enjoying discovering where our/your state humanities council posters have been hung around the building. Come visit.


working together / standing together

Aquila's -A Female Philoctetes-
Aquila's “A Female Philoctetes

Aquila Theatre, a program of NEH's Standing Together initiative, was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered."

FedState and the Office of White House and Congressional Affairs will host Aquila's Peter Meineck on a conference call June 16 about connecting with veterans service organizations. On June 23, the Standing Together conference call guest will be Chris Howell of the Warrior-Scholar Project, which helps facilitate veterans’ transitions to college. The conference call line is 712.432.0383 and the access code is 351003. The calls start at 2pm EDT.


fun & games

Indiana Humanities proves that learning and a bar crawl are a matched pair. At $50 a head, bar crawlers enjoyed food and beverages and explored historic tales and re-enactments of Indianapolis crimes and punishments. They tweeted about the courtroom debate on a murder trial, their tour of a John Dillinger-robbed bank, and aiding the FBI with its most wanted list.

Guam Humanities Council's historical 5K run
Guam Humanities Council's historical 5K run

"What does play as a practice offer those of us who work in the public humanities," asks Mary Rizzo of Rutgers University-Camden. "How have state humanities councils, as the most extensive network of public humanities organizations in the country, used play? Where can we look for other models of the humanistic use of play as we seek ways to revitalize civic engagement and democracy? ... Play's civic potential derives from its communality." Read more >>


Teachers go to the ballpark this summer for the Idaho Humanities Council's week-long teacher institute Batter Up! Baseball in American Culture. They'll explore such topics as race, legal and labor issues, and baseball's "cathedrals." Idahoans can also cheer sports through the Museum on Main Street's "Hometown Teams" exhibition. "Hometown Teams" is touring this summer as well in Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

who's the boss?

"It's not the board president who hires the executive director; only the board as a whole can do that. The treasurer doesn't approve the budget; the board as a whole does that. In other words, when the board is acting as a body, it is the boss. The executive is answerable to that body. ... On the other hand, when board members act as individuals, they typically work at the direction of staff. ..." —from Board Café

National History Day is June 15-19 at the University of Maryland, College Park. NEH will be there tweeting at #NEHHistoryBuff. Follow History Day at #NHD2014.

Find your way around Humanities Nebraska's "Free Land" chautauqua this summer with the help of a free app.


The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Brown University want to take you on a Rhode Tour. You can travel to Rhode Island—or you can travel to your smartphone by downloading the app.


New Hampshire maps its cultural treasures. There's a poster and an interactive pdf. The mobile version is coming.


Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter and considered to be the first computer programmer, held a special place in Walter Isaacson's Jefferson Lecture last month. Watch the lecture from the NEH website.


Read VFH's Matthew Gibson on the technological challenge of documenting the past for the sake of the future.


Mark Santow received the UMass Dartmouth's Chancellor's Award Recognizing Excellence in Service for his nine years as director of Mass Humanities' Clemente course in New Bedford. More than 200 students have graduated from this course since 2005. Congratulations!


Humanities Texas' annual summer reading suggestions come from independent booksellers around the country. They lure us in with Childe Hassam's painting "Couch on the Porch, Cos Cob," and then delight with reviews from people like Richard Howorth, owner of Square Books in Oxford, MS, and award-winning novelist Ann Patchett, co-founder of Parnassas Books in Nashville, TN.

"Crates filled with words" from our posting in May about the move? That wasn't us, that was former Maine Humanities Council ED Erik Jorgensen's brilliance. Thanks,Erik.



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Kathleen Mitchell, senior program officer, 202.606.8302 [ about ]
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