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October 30, 2009

See you next week in Omaha—

November 5-8

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Meet NEH at the conference

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Meet NEH at the conference

Mark your programs for NEH sponsored sessions on Friday, November 6:

  • 7:30-8:30 am "Civil War Sesquicentennial: A Teachable Moment." The speakers are Malcolm Richardson, Senior Partnership Officer, Office of the Chairman, and Patti Van Tuyl, Senior Program Officer. (Capitol/Dodge)
  • 10:30 am-12:00 pm "NEH Grants Administration I." Robert Straughter, Grants Administrator, Office of Grants Management, moderates this annual favorite. The second session is 3:30-5:00. (Lewis)
  • 10:30 am-12:00 pm "New Board Member Orientation." Led by Edie Manza, Director, Federal/State Partnership, with assistance by other NEH staff and National Council members. (Winnebago)
  • 12:00-1:15 pm "Lunch with the NEH Chairman." NEH Chairman James Leach meets with the state humanities councils for the first time. (Grand Ballroom Center & West)
  • 1:30-3:00 pm "Environmental Topics Engage New Humanities Audiences." Kathleen Mitchell, Senior Program Officer, Federal/State Partnership, moderates a panel of state humanities council representatives: Rick Ardinger, Executive Director, Idaho Humanities Council; Martina Duncan, Assistant Director, Maine Humanities Council; Ron Cooper, representing the Florida Humanities Council; and Dena Wortzel, Executive Director, Wisconsin Humanities Council. (Missouri)
  • 1:30-3:00 pm "Staying Current with the NEH OIG." Moderated by Sheldon Bernstein, Inspector General, with Laura Davis, Deputy Inspector General. (Capitol/Dodge)
  • 3:30-5:00 pm "Humanities Content in Civic Reflection." The moderator is Karen Mittelman, Senior Program Officer, Division of Public Programs. One of the speakers will be Sonia Feigenbaum, Deputy Director of the Division of Public Programs. Karen and Sonia will be joined by Jane McNamara, Director of Grants and Programs, New York Council for the Humanities. (Kansas)
  • 3:30-5:00 pm "NEH Grants Administration Workshop II." The second of Robert Straughter's sessions on Grant Management (the first is at 10:30-12:00). (Lewis)

Other NEH people who will be in Omaha are Jeremy Bernard, Director of White House and Congressional Affairs; Eva Caldera, Senior Advisor to the Chairman; Jamie Doggett, Member, National Council on the Humanities and former member of the Federation board and the board of Humanities Montana; Judith Havemann, Director of Communications; David Skinner, Editor, Humanities; and Carole Watson, Deputy Chairman.


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