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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.

Posted: May 24, 2017 $100K grant from National Endowment for the Humanities provides funds to explore war and its effects through art
Appalachian State University News

Three Appalachian State University professors have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to bring together veterans and their families to discuss how the humanities affect the understanding of armed conflict.

Part of the NEH’s “Dialogues on the Experience of War” program, this grant project was developed by Dr. Valerie Wieskamp, Department of Communication; Dr. Lynn Searfoss, Department of English; and Dr. Clark Maddux, Watauga Residential College.

The interdisciplinary project, titled “Blurred Boundaries: The Experience of War and Its Aftermath,” will explore the ways in which texts, photographs and films illuminate two wars: the U.S. Civil War and Vietnam. Discussions surrounding the Civil War will focus on material related to western North Carolina, and connections will be drawn between the ambiguities of that war and Vietnam.