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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 25, 2017 What veterans’ poems can teach us about healing on Memorial Day
The Conversation, USA

James Dubinsky received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to put on a three-week Summer Institute for faculty on Veterans in Society. He is affiliated with Virginia Tech Veterans Caucus.

Posted: May 25, 2017 Public invited to bring World War I materials to Digitization Day
Litchfield County Times

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, Torrington Historical Society will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One project to hold a Digitization Day at the Society on Saturday, June 3. During the event, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we will be digitizing old photos, documents, mementos, and other objects related to the war at home and abroad. Please note: The Digitization Day event cannot accept photocopies or printouts and cannot scan magazines or photos that may have copyright protections.

Posted: May 25, 2017 UMass Lowell Awarded Grants for Southeast Asian Digital Archive

Researchers at UMass Lowell’s Center for Asian American Studies (CAAS) have been awarded a $239,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant and a $28,000 UMass President’s Office Creative Economy Initiatives Fund grant to create a Southeast Asian Digital Archive (SEADA). 

Partnering with local Southeast Asian American communities, CAAS and UMass Lowell Libraries will preserve cultural heritage materials documenting the experiences of Southeast Asians in the Lowell region since the late 1970s. The digital collection will be a resource for teachers, students, scholars and community members.  “This collection will help preserve the history and stories of the Southeast Asian community, enabling future generations to understand the foundation on which our community thrives,” said Linda Sopheap Sou, one of the SEADA community advisers.  Most of the NEH grant will support a full-time archivist dedicated to the project for two years. Other project costs include translation and transcription, as well as consultation on complex copyright and permissions issues. The UMass President’s Office grant will help support these efforts to make the archive available to the public.
Posted: May 25, 2017 Weaponizing Accreditation
Jacobin, Puerto Rico

When I was a boy, my grandfather spoke to me about the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez with great esteem. And with good reason. It graduates many more Latino/a engineers than any other university in the world. Various departments on campus receive funding from NASA, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other respected institutions. 98 percent of enrollment is Latino/Hispanic, and over 60 percent receive Pell Grants.

But the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has threatened the UPR’s accreditation in response to the university’s ongoing student strike in protest of proposed brutal austerity measures. All eleven campuses in the UPR system have been occupied in recent weeks.

But the accreditation board should take a broader view of what is happening on the island. Like Detroit, Harrisburg, and Orange County, California, the Puerto Rican government approved a comprehensive bankruptcy package to relieve unpayable debt.  But as US policy is to “make all needful rules and regulations” on the island, the bankruptcy protection was ignored and ultimately nullified.