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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.”

Posted: February 21, 2018 Immersive "Frankenstein" Weekend Retreat To Bring Together Scholars And Readers
1340 AM WBIW, Bedford News

The "Frankenstein" weekend retreat is part of a year-long statewide read of the book for its 200th birthday, as part of Indiana Humanities' One State / One Story: Frankenstein initiative. Written by teenage Mary Shelley in 1818, "Frankenstein" tells the story of a young scientist who created a grotesque living creature through a scientific experiment and was horrified by what he had made.

"'Frankenstein' illuminates the limits of natural science, technology and knowledge itself as means of enhancing human life," said Dr. Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine. "In my keynote presentation, we will examine these limitations to more deeply understand our own nature and what it takes to make the most of our human potential."

To attend the retreat, registration is required at frankenretreat.eventbrite.com. The first 75 registrants will receive a special $90 reduced rate thanks to stipends provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: February 16, 2018 The Great War: Arkansas in World War I
The Sentinel-Record

Hot Springs National Park will host "The Great War: Arkansas in World War I," a free traveling exhibit that tells the story of the state's role during the "war to end all wars" at home and on the battlefields, beginning next week.

The traveling exhibit consists of 12 panels that showcase images from the Arkansas State Archives' holdings, including original documents, photographs, posters, maps, and historical objects, giving a firsthand look at the lives of Arkansans during the war, Hot Springs National Park said in a news release. 

The exhibit covers the chronology of the war, as well as various facets of the conflict, such as training troops in Arkansas, actions overseas, the home front, providing for the war, health care, and Arkansas heroes.

This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: February 16, 2018 Travelling exhibit starts conversation
The Etownian, Elizabethtown College News

Opinions toward the war will be showcased throughout the month, illustrated by works of the student body, college faculty and the general public from the College’s Hess Archives.

The World War I and America exhibition included objects that ranged from patriotic artwork to informative passages on why war happens.

“When thinking of America, I realize that it is really a melting pot of many cultures,” senior Mary Walsh said.

World War I and America is a traveling, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) educational exhibit that illuminates the impact that WWI had on the United States.

By involving libraries and museums nationwide, the mobile presentation shares the various hardships of war through the writings of Americans who lived through it.