Eliminating the NEH and NEA’s combined annual funds approbation of about $300 million would make little difference against $20 trillion, but that the impact of doing so would be devastating.
Among the affected areas would be our own Mississippi Delta, through the Delta Center for Culture and Learning here on campus. Every June and July for the past eight years, the Delta Center has hosted “The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta” workshop to bring seventy-two teachers to the Delta from across the world. The workshop has seen teachers from Brazil, Lesotho, Germany, and Bangladesh, among other places. Once here, the teachers immerse themselves in what Lee Aylward, the Delta Center’s Program Associate for Education and Community Outreach, calls the “Delta Story.”
Dr. Denise Bossy, a University of North Florida associate professor of history, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support significant research in the humanities and to further her research of the Yamasee Indians, a community that is hardly understood by scholars today.
In its last five rounds, the NEH fellowships program, on average, received over 1,200 applications per year and awarded just 80 fellowships each year—meaning only seven percent of all applicants received NEH funding.
“Dr. Bossy’s trail-blazing work explores the history of the Yamasee Indians and the strategies they used to survive amidst European colonialism and American expansion. I’m convinced that she will write an impressive book on the Yamasees, one that will challenge the way we think about this supposedly extinct group of Indians, and the Indians of the Southeast in general,” said Dr. Charles Closmann, chair of the Department of History at UNF.
The year 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the United State’s entry into World War One. In an effort to help preserve this significant part of our history, the Russell Library will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One project to hold a Digitization Day. During the event, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the library will be digitizing old photos, documents, mementos, and other objects related to the war at home and abroad.
On Thursday, April 27, from 3-7 p.m. area residents can bring in their photos, letters and other keepsakes to the Russell Library and have them photographed or scanned by staff.
Denise Russo, Reference Librarian at the Russell Library said, “Artifacts such as letters, photographs, draft cards, dog tags, and discharge papers found in the community have the power to tell stories about the men and women who served in WWI, and will help future generations better understand the sacrifices they made.”
Libraries around the country are bracing for the possible elimination of federal funding if Congress follows a budget proposal from the Trump Administration that would cut the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS provides federal funding to libraries and museums all over the United States.
The federal budget proposal, presented by the Office of Management and Budget in March, calls for $971 million in cuts to arts and cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
For Deming’s Marshall Memorial Library, the cuts would mean a reduction in programs available to patrons as well as training available for library staff.
“Creative destruction” is the term MIT economist Joseph Schumpeter used to describe the capitalist process where business constantly seeks product and process upgrades that result in the development of new and improved ways of doing things and new products that drive out the old and outdated ones.