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Recent Staff Travel

May 18, 2016 | By Public Programs Staff

Some places where we have been

Division staff travels to professional meetings and openings and special events associated with projects we support. To find out whether we will be attending an upcoming meeting in your area, please contact us at


Senior Program Officer Marc Ruppel recently attended the Tribeca Film Festival and Games For Change Media Summit in New York City. Alongside meeting with applicants, Marc visited Tribeca Storyscapes, TFI Interactive and the Games For Change arcades, where he had the opportunity to explore a range of cutting-edge digital projects including numerous Virtual Reality installations. Marc will return to New York City from June 23rd through June 25th to participate in the annual Games For Change Festival, where he will be part of a panel on funding games and digital projects. 

Senior Program Officer Tricia Brooks attended the Museums and Digital Storytelling workshop at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.  This NEH funded workshop provided an opportunity for participants to discuss the elements of an effective story, consider when technology can enhance storytelling, and examine case studies of digital storytelling in museums.  While in New York Tricia also attended the New York Humanities Council’s public forum Democracy and Distrust: A conversation on race, inequality, and civic cooperation, the first event of their Democracy and Dialogue series funded by the NEH. 


Senior Program Officer Peter Fristedt was in Montreal October 19-20, attending the Association of Science-Technology Centers conference.

At the conference, Fristedt presented information about NEH grant programs at a session titled “National Endowment for the Humanities Grants to Science-Technology Centers.” Also presenting was Jesse Johnston, a Senior Program Officer in NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access; and Jill Viehweg, Director of Advancement (Foundation and Government) at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, who presented the grantee’s perspective.   



Deputy Director Michael Shirley attended the 73rd Peabody Awards at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on May 19. Two NEH-funded films were honored: The Latino Americans and The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. The George Foster Peabody Awards are the highest honor awarded to broadcast journalism for stories that matter.



Division Director Karen Mittelman represented the Endowment at the Federation of State Humanities Councils’ National Humanities Conference in Birmingham, AL.

Karen will be traveling to St. Louis, MO, November 22-24 to attend the National Council on Social Studies meeting where she will participate in a discussion of the Created Equal film set. She will also visit the Missouri History Museum to see the 1968 exhibit there, which was funded by the Endowment.

Program Officer David Weinstein participated in a meeting at the University of Maryland Baltimore County to discuss digital humanities with representatives from the University of Maryland and Maryland Humanities Council.


Division Director Karen Mittelman conducted a session about NEH funding programs at the Mid Atlantic Museums Association conference in Washington.


Division Director Karen Mittelman traveled to Detroit to visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and see the Endowment-funded exhibition, Bandits &Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast Brazil. Karen also traveled to New York City to conduct a webinar for “Created Equal” venues at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. While in New York, she conducted a site visit to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to see the “Shop Life” exhibit which was funded by the Endowment.

Program Officer Patricia Brooks represented the Division of Public Programs at the annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History in Birmingham, Al.

Program Officer Marc Ruppel attended a screening of Containment, a documentary film funded by the Endowment, at Harvard University.

Program Officer Jeff Hardwick represented the Division of Public Programs at Afropop Worldwide’s 25th Anniversary celebration in New York City.