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Posted: August 21, 2017 Pepperdine Library Set to Reopen
The Malibu Times

The project, “Pepperdine University Libraries: Developing a Sustainable Preservation Environment for Humanities Collections,” was a 15-month renovation that started in May 2016. The library was originally set to open in Aug. 2017 but that timeline was pushed back a month.

Payson Library, a big hub for studying and learning on campus, closed after the Pepperdine University libraries received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access, to help the preservation and security of humanities materials. 

The renovation includes an updated climate for the preservation of special collections, higher security systems, a new coffee shop and student success centers. The modernized interior will allow for a more collaborative environment and engaging learning spaces, according to plans.

Posted: August 21, 2017 “The workshop gave a different understanding of history.”
South Bend Tribune

Elizabeth  Drake is an English teacher from John Adams High School. Part of her summer was spent learning about early African-American culture in Savannah, Ga. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarship to participate in a Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop.

“Gullah Voices: Traditions and Transformation” was a weeklong journey in the Gullah community in the corridor between North Carolina and Florida. The Gullahs were from West Africa, many from Sierra Leone, and were enslaved to work the rice plantations.

Elizabeth said the traditions and language continue and people are working to preserve it. “The workshop gave a different understanding of history.”

She was looking forward to using her new insights in the upcoming school year.

Posted: August 18, 2017 SMCM Prof. of Anthropology Julia King Awarded $240,000 Grant for Native American Study
Southern Maryland Online

St. Mary's College of Maryland Professor of Anthropology Julia King, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR), Chesapeake Conservancy, and the state-recognized Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia, have been awarded a $240,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to trace the history and development of the Rappahannock Indians in early American history (200-1850 AD). The grant was one of 245 humanities projects from across the country awarded a combined $39.3 million from the NEH. Competition for these grants is rigorous, with a 14 percent success rate.

"Thanks to the NEH grant, we will be able to start addressing some of the recommendations from the original study we conducted in 2016," King said. "We hope to assemble a detailed culture history for the Rappahannock Indians in the river valley over the last 2000 years, including archaeological collections-based analysis and a regional survey."

Posted: August 18, 2017 To understand the US's complex history with slavery, look to Thomas Jefferson
The Guardian

Last year Monticello, with the National Endowment for the Humanities and University of Virginia (founded by Jefferson), hosted a public summit on the legacies of race and slavery. It has also launched an app, “Slavery at Monticello”, and is restoring Mulberry Row, the principal plantation street that was the center of life for free white and black people, indentured servants and slaves. Work is under way to preserve or reconstruct its dwellings, workshops and storehouses.

Posted: August 18, 2017 An American Dialect Dictionary Is Dying Out. Here Are Some Of Its Best Words.
Huff Post

There are few resources other than DARE and projects like Vaux’s Cambridge Online Survey of World Englishes that are taking the time to not only track new regionalisms across the U.S., but safeguard the local words and phrases whose usage is dwindling ― from Gullah words on the southern coasts to Mormon and Amish sayings in the heartland to Spanish-infused speech in the American Southwest. Due to lack of funding, Hall says that DARE will be winding down its services by the end of the year. Any future funding ― be it from federal agencies like the National Endowment for the Humanities or private foundations like the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ― will be used to continue to update the digital version of DARE, but the organization will cease plans to continue its fieldwork and in-person research.