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Posted: February 23, 2018 Earlham College works to preserve Egyptian mummy
WTTV CBS4Indy

Earlham College in Richmond got word this past December that it had received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to improve an ancient relic's display at the college's museum.

The Joseph Moore Museum is the resting place for an Egyptian mummy-- one of just three in Indiana.  Museum Director Dr. Heather Lerner says the mummy dates back 300 years before Christ, about the time of Cleopatra and Marc Antony.

Posted: February 22, 2018 English Professor Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
St. John's University Press

Nicole R. Rice, Ph.D., a Professor of English at St. John’s University, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to complete a book-length study on the ways that medieval hospitals contributed to early English literature and culture.

Dr. Rice is one of only 74 university educators and independent scholars nationwide to receive one of the NEH fellowships. The awards, totaling $3.5 million, were announced in December. An independent federal agency established in 1965, the NEH is one of the nation’s leading supporters of research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

The $50,400 fellowship supports Dr. Rice’s additional research for her project, entitled Hospitals and Literary Production in England, 1350–1550. “Historians have offered rich accounts of individual hospitals, tracing the histories of poor relief and medical care at those institutions,” she writes. “But the story of how they participated in England’s literary and civic histories is not yet written.”

“We in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are delighted that the NEH has recognized Dr. Rice’s outstanding scholarship by awarding her this fellowship,” said Jeffrey W. Fagen, Ph.D., Dean.

Posted: February 22, 2018 Teachers have one last chance to apply for ‘Moby Dick’ summer program
SouthCoast Today

The application deadline is approaching for a two-week summer program called “Teaching Melville,” an institute for school teachers on Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick” and the world of whaling in the digital age, running June 17 to 30 at New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Teachers from across the country have until March 1 to apply. They will learn new ways to interpret the book for 21st-century students, guided by scholars from the Melville Society Cultural Project serving as lead faculty. Information on the application process is available at teachingmelville.org. Teachers who are selected to attend will each receive a $2,100 stipend. The institute is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Moby-Dick” is one of the most frequently referenced and adapted American novels. While the book is a classic, it grapples with current-day issues including globalism, multiculturalism, political power and environmentalism. Institute participants will delve into the rich world of “Moby-Dick,” gain a better understanding of Melville’s literary power and learn how to interpret the book’s critical concepts for their students, according to a news release.

Posted: February 21, 2018 Rosa Parks Portrayed at LBI Library Branch
The SandPaper, NJ

On a December day in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.  Her story, which serves as a reminder that people cannot always stand by and observe the status quo, is remembered on Wednesday, Feb 28, 7 p.m. at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library. Alex Ford will portray her in “Rosa Parks: First Lady of Civil Rights” in a program made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Posted: February 21, 2018 Foundation at MCCC has been enriching the lives of students and faculty
Monroe County Community College Agora

For 20 years, the Foundation at MCCC has been enriching the lives of students and faculty. Founded on April 27, 1998, by the Board of Trustees, the Foundation is integral to the college, according to President Kojo Quartey.  “It’s important to realize that the Foundation is part and parcel of the institution. It raises money only for Monroe County Community College,” Quartey said. “Our Foundation doesn’t raise money for anybody else.

 “The Foundation has been involved since the very beginning of us having a community read, even when it was The Big Read twelve years ago.

“That was funded through a humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Foundation was actually instrumental in making that application and getting that funding. It provided the first roots of our having a community read for four years.”