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October 2007

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October 19, 2007

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Federation's annual humanities conference in Williamsburg, November 1-4.

Chairman Bruce Cole will speak at the luncheon on Saturday. He will be joined at the conference by nine other members of the NEH staff who will participate in Friday and Saturday sessions and workshops:

  • The new Director of the Division of Public Programs but long-time friend of councils, Tom Phelps, will lead an informal conversation about state humanities councils and Public Programs at 8:00 on Friday.

The following NEH sessions are all on Saturday:

  • Rich Murphy of the Office of Grant Management will moderate two sessions on NEH Grants Administration. The first, at 8:30, will feature Lori Schroeder. At the second, at 3:00, Rich is joined by Charles Garfinkel and Sheldon Bernstein of the Office of Inspector General.
  • Julia Huston Nguyen of the Division of Education Programs will lead a discussion of project directors and site personnel involved with the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Educators at 8:30.  
  • Stephen Ross and Andrea Anderson of the Office of Challenge Grants will discuss Challenge Grants with Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Peter Gilbert at 8:30. 
  • Federal/State Partnership Director Edie Manza will present the orientation for new board members at 10:15.
  • Kathleen Mitchell of Federal/State Partnership will moderate a workshop on the power and potential of targeted grantmaking.
  • Federal/State Partnership's Dwan Reece leads a discussion about historical commemorations at 3:00.

Be sure to attend the sessions held by the NEH Office of Grant Management--but not only to learn a great deal about working with your NEH grants. This year's conference is your chance to say farewell to the legendary Lori Schroeder and Rich Murphy of OGM as they count down the days to their retirements in early January. You will also have a chance to meet Robert Straughter, now of the Office of Grant Management, who will be working directly with state humanities councils.

Other NEHers to be on the look out for are Mindy Berry, Chairman's staff; Laura Davis, Office of Inspector General; Elissa Leonard, Director of Communications; Malcolm Richardson, Chairman's staff; Marguerite Sullivan, member, National Council on the Humanities; Patti Van Tuyl, We the People; and Carole Watson, Assistant Chairman.

Sequoyah, who created a writing system for the Cherokee. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is part of the Unicoi Turnpike Trail Guide, a We the People project of Humanities Tennessee.
council executives "In Focus" from Humanities magazine
of note: news from VHF, council name changes, new NEH staffers
"Created Equal"--the new We the People bookshelf
discover the organizational life stage of your council







the logon and password
for the Federal/State Partnership website:
"fedstate" & "partnership"

council executives "In Focus" from Humanities magazine

The Federal/State Partnership website provides quick links to the "In Focus" articles about a number of council executives. Bios of all council executives are linked to the council contacts page.

of note: news from VHF, council name changes, new NEH staffers

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities was awarded $144,434 to hold a five-week teacher seminar, "Roots: Teaching the African Dimensions of the History and Culture of the Americas through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade." NEH has made over $3M in current competitive NEH grants made to state humanities councils. 

Humanities Montana is the new name of the Montana Committee for the Humanities: new name, new look. The Minnesota Humanities Center is the new name of the Minnesota Humanities Commission. The Federal/State Partnership website council contacts page marks all councils that have a new executive, a new name, or a new address.

Suzanne M. Lodata is the new Director of the Division of Preservation and Access. She comes to NEH from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ms. Ladato is a founding member and vice-president of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA) and has edited two WMA proceedings volumes, published a number of articles on song and song cycle analysis, and authored entried for The New Grove history of Music and Musicians (second edition), the Reader's Guide to Music: History, Theory, and Criticism, and the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Europe: 1914-2004

William Craig Rice became the Director of the Division of Education Programs. Since 2004, he has served as the 12th president of Shimer College and as professor of English, education, and humanities for the College. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, Tyler School of Art, and Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He has also worked as an Alfa Romeo auto mechanic. He is the author of Public Discourse and Academic Inquiry as well as over 50 essays, articles, poems, stories, and reviews.

Elizabeth Fisher recently joined the Endowment as a Media Relations Advisor.  She comes to the Endowment from National Review magazine, where she worked as an editorial associate.  She earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Dallas. As part of our Communications staff, Elizabeth will be working to earn greater media visibility for NEH’s programs, accomplishments, and events.  Because the State Humanities Councils play a vital role in encouraging and programming for the humanities, Elizabeth would like to reach out to council staff as a resource for local stories and exciting projects each state is working on that deserve better media attention.  As the NEH progresses in its media campaign, you may expect to hear from her.

The Federal/State Partnership website offers quick access to the contact information for state humanities councils and NEH staff, offices, and programs. You may want to bookmark these links.

"Created Equal"--the new We the People bookshelf

The fifth We the People bookshelf emphasizes what the founders meant when they stated the revolutionary idea that "all men are created equal." To see the list of books libraries can apply to receive, go to >>

For information about all five We the People bookshelves, see >>

Many thanks to all of you for helping NEH publicize the bookshelves over the years.

discover the organizational life stage of your council

Nonprofit organizations go through five life stages: (1) imagine and inspire, (2) found and frame, (3) ground and grow, (4) produce and sustain, and (5) review and renew. An organization may be at different stages in the various aspects of its structure—stage 4 for products and services, stage 2 for marketing, and stage 3 for finance. The Nonprofit Life Stage Assessment is a survey tool that looks at your organization in terms of governance, leadership, finance, administration and staffing, products and services, and marketing. A description of these stages is available from Fieldstone Alliance and from a link of the Federal/State Partnership nonprofit resources page. The Fieldstone Alliance also provides other free nonprofit management tools on its website.

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