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Posted: May 25, 2017 Encyloparty celebrates debut of new state encyclopedia
Daily Journal

Since 2003, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi has been working on a project that they hoped would tell the story of Mississippi.

“The Mississippi Encyclopedia” is a collection of more than 1,600 entries from over 700 scholars who wrote about every governor, every county and troves of notable people from the state. The 1,451 page tome is the first encyclopedia about the state since 1907, according to the center.

“Each entry in ‘The Mississippi Encyclopedia provides an authoritative but accessible introduction to the topic discussed,” reads a description of the book on the Southern Studies’ website. “It also features long essays on agriculture, archaeology, the civil rights movement, the Civil War, contemporary issues, drama, education, the environment, ethnicity, fiction, folklife, foodways, geography, industry and industrial workers, law, medicine, music, myths and representations, Native Americans, nonfiction, poetry, politics and government, the press, religion, social and economic history, sports, and visual art.”

The project was primarily a collaboration between the University Press of Mississippi and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. There were several individuals that help organize the project, including 30 topic editors from across the state and region. The Mississippi Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History also helped out.

Posted: May 24, 2017 Former chair for humanities William ‘Bro’ Adams says he’ll be an advocate
Portland Press Herald

William D. “Bro” Adams, who resigned as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities effective Tuesday, plans to return to his home in Maine to advocate for the agency that President Trump wants to eliminate. A Falmouth resident, Adams will use his contacts and his influence in Washington, D.C., to argue for protecting the agency and for arts funding in general.

“I intend to be very active in the humanities’ community and to continue making the case for the importance of the humanities and the arts in our national life,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Posted: May 24, 2017 NEH chairman, former Colby College president, resigns
Bangor Daily News

In a statement released by the endowment Adams said he’s encouraged Congress and the President increased the organization’s funding for the current year and that the White House has begun the process of bringing new political appointees to the agency.

Adams plans to return to Falmouth and to pursue his scholarship and spend more time with this family.

Posted: May 24, 2017 It Will Cost 25% of the NEA and NEH’s 2017 Budget Just to Shut Them Down
artnet news

Turns out that going out of business is very expensive. In the wake of the release of President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have been forced to determine just how much it will cost them. The two organizations—which would be eliminated under Trump’s proposed budget—published reports today that outline exactly what resources would be needed to shut themselves down in an orderly fashion.

The total amount of money requested to fund the wind-down of these agencies—$71 million—is nearly 25% of their total budget last year (just under $300 million). Trump’s proposed 2018 budget, which includes major spending increases for the military and border security and dramatic cuts to domestic programs, totals $4.1 trillion.

Posted: May 24, 2017 UB receives prestigious NEH grant to support 2017 educators’ summer seminar in Buffalo

The 2017 summer seminar “Emmanuel Levinas on Morality, Justice, and the Political” is the fifth in a series presented by Professor Richard A. Cohen of UB's  Department of Jewish Thought, but the first funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

“I’m honored and happy to receive this grant,” says Cohen, former director of the Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage, and first chair of the Department of Jewish Thought in UB’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Cohen believes the success of the first four Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminars and a change in the NEH funding process to include one-week programs helped UB win the prestigious grant. The $70,000 award covers free tuition and stipends for the 16 NEH Summer Scholars taking part in the seminar.