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Posted: July 17, 2017 Digital database captures voices from inside America’s prisons
The Conversation

I have been facilitating a writing workshop inside Attica Correctional Facility since 2006. For the past eight years, I have solicited, collected, helped publish and digitally disseminated the first-person writing of incarcerated Americans.

Doran Larson directs The American Prison Writing Archive (APWA). The APWA has received funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation (through the Digital Humanities Initiative at Hamilton College), Hamilton's Office of the Dean of Faculty, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: July 17, 2017 Group to discuss Women in World War I
Massillon Independent

Dr. Leslie Heaphy will present Women in World War I at Massillon Museum on July 25.

Heaphy’s talk will complement the current Stark County in the Great War exhibition, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. It is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; Exploring the Human Endeavor. MassMu receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

Heaphy, associate professor of history at Kent State University, Stark Campus, is the author/editor of six books on the Negro Leagues, women’s baseball, and the New York Mets. She is the editor of the national, peer-reviewed journal Black Ball. She is vice president of the Society for American Baseball Research and chairs their Women in Baseball Committee, while also serving on the Board of Directors for the International Women’s Baseball Center.

Posted: July 14, 2017 House Panel Rejects Proposal to Kill NEH and NEA
Inside Higher Ed

A  House appropriations subcommittee this week voted to provide $145 million each to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities for fiscal 2018. That would be a cut of about $5 million each but would preserve the endowments, which President Trump slated for elimination in his budget.

A statement from the National Humanities Alliance said, "We are grateful for the subcommittee’s support, but we remain concerned that an amendment reducing funding for the NEH could be proposed in the full committee markup."

Posted: July 14, 2017 WiGWatch: Community action to "Help the Humanities"
Wisconsin Gazette / 7/14

HELP HUMANITIES: The Wisconsin Humanities Council receives about 90 percent of its funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The money supports programs in schools, libraries, museums, churches and historical societies across the state. President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget calls for defunding the NEH. WHC says, “If NEH funding is lost, with it go all of our matching grants to community organizations. All our service to communities throughout Wisconsin will end.” The organization is asking Wisconsin residents to lobby the state congressional delegation to “save NEH funding.” Go to for more.

Posted: July 14, 2017 Local Teacher studies with Distinguished Scholars
Alice Echo News-Journal

In June, an Alice teacher was selected to attend a prestigious professional development institute sponsored by Humanities Texas, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts and the LBJ Presidential Library.

Roberto Martinez, who teaches Texas history and U.S. history at Adams Middle School, participated in “Founding a New Nation,” which took place from June 5–June 8.

“Founding a New Nation” drew 52 Texas teachers to Austin for three and a half days of presentations and informative seminars.

The institute focused on topics central to the early history of the United States, including the American Revolution, George Washington’s military leadership and presidency, the Articles of Confederation, Native Americans and African Americans during the Revolution, medicine in early America, the development of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the rise of political parties, the role of women during the founding period, Alexander Hamilton and the development of the U.S. economic system, the establishment of the federal judiciary and American foreign policy from Washington to Monroe.

“Founding a New Nation” was made possible with support from the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to advance education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.