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Posted: April 18, 2018 Jon Parrish Peede, NEH chairman-elect, visits Detroit
The Detroit News

On March 2, President Trump appointed Jon Parrish Peede chairman-elect of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The scholar of Southern literature was previously publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review, and literature grants director at the National Endowment for the Arts. For the past year he’s served as NEH senior deputy chairman. Peede must still be confirmed by the Senate.

The chairman-designate sat down late last week at a cafe on Detroit’s Capitol Park to talk over humanities funding, the president’s attitude toward NEH, what the Endowment’s done for Michigan lately, and the urban revival blossoming all around downtown.

Posted: April 18, 2018 Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Names New Director
Hartford Courant

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford has hired Dr. Briann G. Greenfield as its new executive director.  Greenfield holds a doctorate in American civilization and a master’s in American civilization/museum studies from Brown University and a bachelor’s in history from University of New Hampshire. She was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at Winterthur Museum in Delaware and has published scholarly and popular history works. She received a 2010 Board of Trustees Research Award from CCSU.

Posted: April 18, 2018 Barbara Haws Named Archivist And Historian Emeritus Upon Retirement From NY Philharmonic

To make the Philharmonic's history available worldwide, in 2007 Ms. Haws spearheaded a collaboration with photographer Ardon Bar Hama and the Leon Levy Foundation to digitize 2,000 pages a day per camera; in less than three years three million pages of archival documents (including marked conducting scores, business documents, printed programs, and photographs) from the Philharmonic's Leonard Bernstein Era, 1943-70, had been made freely available on the internet. The Leon Levy Foundation then provided an additional $2.5 million, and the National Endowment for the Humanities granted $325,000, to complete the digitization of all of the Archives' holdings, 1842-70, plus all public-facing documents through the present. The performance history data of the world's largest continuous set of concerts was also made available through Github through a Creative Commons license for anyone working in Digital Humanities or using large datasets for creative compositions, either musical or visual. The Leon Levy Digital Archives has also been used by the likes of Columbia University sociologists who, working under an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, used subscriber records dating back to 1842 to study relationships among elites in New York City.

Posted: April 18, 2018 Mathew and Shapreau win NEH grants
UC Berkeley Department of Music News

Associate Professor Nicholas Mathew and lecturer, senior fellow and musical instrument collection curator Carla Shapreau have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants for research and preservation of the Department of Music’s rare and historical instrument collection.

Mathew’s grant of $6,000 will go to the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, storage furniture, and supplies to preserve and sustain a large collection of historical and rare musical instruments dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries in the Music Department’s collection. The instruments are studied and also played by students. Many of the instruments used in the Department’s University Baroque Ensemble are part of the Department’s collection and used for rehearsal and performance. Because of their nature, diligent efforts are made to protect, preserve, and document the musical instruments in the collection so that they will be available for generations to come, while also providing access for study, examination, and performance.

Shapreau is receiving a $50,000 fellowship grant for research and work on a book project, Orpheus Lost: The Nazi-Era Plunder of Music in Europe, as well as pursuing preliminary efforts on a related musical digital humanities project. Recently she and other members of the Department, working with the Museum of Musical Instruments at the University of Leipzig, contributed information for the catalog raisonné on the Hoffmann family of stringed instrument makers, Martin und Johann Christian Hoffmann: Geigen- und Lautenmacher des Barock:  Umfeld – Legen – Werk, the first scholarly study of the Department’s 1731 viola pomposa by Johann Christian Hoffmann.

Posted: April 13, 2018 Jefferson Community College Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Jefferson Community College (JCC) is one of 13 colleges, and the only SUNY (State University of New York) community college, to be awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Dialogues on the Experience of War grant totaling $95,090. The purpose of the NEH grant is to support the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about issues raised by war and military services.