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Posted: April 20, 2018 The Importance of PBS Documentary GI Jews Deep Look at Jewish Americans in World War II
Parade Daily

A Last Chance to Record History (Along with Two Entertainment Icons): “The film took almost five years to make,” Ades said. “The challenge was how to capture these stories while the men and women who served were still alive to tell them. In 2013, fewer than 6% of WWII veterans, mostly in their 90s, were still alive. This was our last chance to record these stories, so we appealed to the NEH [National Endowment for the Humanities], who had awarded us development and production grants, to release “emergency funds” to begin interviewing. Remarkably, our first day of shooting in December 2014 was at 92-year-old (he’s now 96) Carl Reiner’s house in Beverly Hills. A gentleman and a mensch, he sat for an interview and then allowed us to interview his close friend and fellow GI Jew Mel Brooks there that same afternoon. It was an auspicious start to the project.”

Posted: April 20, 2018 Connecting graduate education, underserved populations aim of NEH grant
Washington State University Insider

Creating a national model to connect graduate education in the humanities to rural and underserved populations is the aim of a new Washington State University effort being funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The $18,000 NEH matching grant culminates a year of discussion and planning at WSU, and is funded through the NEH’s NextGen Ph.D. program.

The interdisciplinary initiative will bring together more than 20 faculty, staff, graduate students and recent graduate alumni from across WSU. The group will consider how graduate education in the humanities can better support the university’s land-grant mission of improving access, inclusivity and democratic engagement.

Posted: April 20, 2018 Discussions to foster youth involvement in community
Ontario Argus Observer

Free discussions about creating inclusive communities and everyday leaders will be presented by the Drexel H. Foundation on Monday and on April 30. The program is made possible by the support of Oregon Department of Humanities, The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oregon Cultural Trust, in addition to the foundation, according to a news release from the Vale nonprofit.

Sandijean Fuson, executive director of the Drexel Foundation said the talks, part of the Conversation Project, are appropriate for all ages.

Posted: April 19, 2018 Packed house turns out for presentation about cannery life
The Northern Light

With support from Blaine’s Alaska Packers Association Cannery Museum, Ringsmuth led a brief presentation about the project at the cannery lodge in Semiahmoo Park to about 80 people on April 14.

She, along with a curator, scanned photos and collected objects from guests, some of whom worked at salmon canneries in Blaine and Alaska years ago; several people also shared their stories.

“It was pretty amazing how many people came out and really seemed to care about this project,” Ringsmuth said. “A lot of people hadn’t seen each other for decades.” Some people came as far as Seattle for the event, she said, bringing all types of mementos from their time working at salmon canneries; some items included signs and flags in addition to photos.

Some of the items will be used in the Mug Up exhibition at the Alaska State Museum (the term ‘Mug Up’ refers to a phrase commonly used at canneries to describe coffee breaks). Ringsmuth said the National Endowment for the Humanities granted $60,000 to their nonprofit, The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, to develop and eventually display the Mug Up exhibition.

“This is more than just a reunion,” she said. “What we’re doing with this project is recognizing that their work mattered.”

Posted: April 19, 2018 CSUN’s Tom and Ethel Bradley Center Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
California State University, Northridge Press

The California State University, Northridge Tom and Ethel Bradley Center has received a grant for $315,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the creation of a digital database of the Richard Cross 1950-1980 Photographic Collection.

The Tom and Ethel Bradley Center holds a photographic collection of more than 1 million negatives, slides and prints produced primarily by American photojournalists. The core of the center’s archive is a large collection of photographs produced by African-American photojournalists.

“We are extremely honored that the NEH found our proposal worth funding,” said Bradley Center Director José Luis Benavides. “In partnership with the Oviatt Library, we intend to make accessible to the public this unique collection by an American photojournalist who had a significant career in journalism and visual anthropology, before he was killed by a land mine at the border of Honduras and Nicaragua, along with Los Angeles Times reporter Dial Torgerson.