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September 2006

                                                                                     September 13, 2006

… the latest from Suite 603

We the People Bookshelf on the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS for libraries
PURSUE HAPPINESS. The 2007 We the People Bookshelf will be announced September 19th. For more information, click on the image.

NEH announces the first series of
Digital Humanities Initiative
grant opportunities


Fall brings changes at NEH keep up with who's where

Deputy Chairman Tom Mallon left NEH at the end of August, returning as Chairman Bruce Cole says "to his 'day job.' As a novelist, critic, and all around man-of-letters, Tom has been an important voice on the American literary scene. His next book, which I'm told has absolutely nothing to do with the inner workings of a federal agency, will be published soon.  He also expects to make more frequent visits to his usual haunts in the pages of The Atlantic and The New Yorker."

Carole Watson has been appointed to serve as Acting Deputy Chairman. She continues to be Assistant Chairman for Partnership and National Affairs. Federal/State Partnership remains in Carole's portfolio.

Thomas Lindsay is the director of the We the People initiative, having previously served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities for two years. Most recently, he was executive vice president and provost of Seton Hall University. He is a political scientist with a research focus on the relationship between democracy and education.
The Acting Assistant Chairman for Programs is Michael McDonald who previously served as NEH General Counsel. He holds a J.D. from The National Law Center at George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from The Catholic University of America.

Heather Gottry, Deputy General Counsel, is Acting General Counsel. She has served as Assistant General Counsel for both the Institute for Museum and Library Services and NEH. Her J.D. is from the Georgetown University Law Center and her B. A. is in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan.

The Acting Director of the Office of Communications is Noel Milan. Serving his second tour of duty at NEH, he will direct the Endowment's comprehensive communications, media relations and public information efforts with the agency's many constituent audiences.

Jane Aiken is Acting Director of the Division of Research Programs, serving in that position following Joyce Lee Malcolm's acceptance of a professorship in the George Mason University School of Law. Jane is the author of The Nation's Great Library: Herbert Putnam and the Library of Congress, 1899-1939.

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We look forward to seeing colleagues from Colorado Humanities, the Maine Humanities Council, the Maryland Humanities Council, the Minnesota Humanities Commission, the Montana Committee for the Humanities, the North Dakota Humanities Council, the South Dakota Humanities Council, Humanities Tennessee, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the National Book Festival, on the National Mall, September 30.


Be sure to read about Julie Yoder, Executive Director of the Arizona Humanities Council, in the July/August issue of Humanities.

Welcome to new President and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum, Greg Kimura.


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