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Posted: August 16, 2017 Prof. Bay-Cheng Gets NEH Grant to Teach Digital Technologies in Theater Studies
Bowdoin College News

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor of Theater and Dance Sarah Bay-Cheng will be heading to the campus of the University of Georgia next June to teach other theater professors how to get the most out of digital technologies.

Bay-Cheng and her colleague from UGA, David Saltz, have been awarded a grant to co-direct the NEH Institute on Digital Technologies in Theater and Performance Studies. The two- week program will introduce theater and performance faculty to the ways in which digital culture is transforming their field, and help them expand their knowledge and expertise.

I’m excited about this grant because it speaks to the growing significance of digital scholarship in theater and performance studies and I believe it will help to enhance and expand research in this area.” said Bay-Cheng.

Posted: August 16, 2017 Missoula College To Offer Course On Veterans Studies
Newstalk KGVO, Montana,

There are many college courses offered specifically for veterans, but not many about veterans.

That will change in the spring semester at Missoula College with a new course on veterans studies, made possible by a $97,000 grant from the National Endowment For The Humanities.

Associate Dean Clint Reading said the idea came from a retired officer with the U.S. Army who is studying for her doctorate at the University of Montana.

“We were approached by a grad student at the University of Montana, Lt. Col. Elizabeth Barrs, who came to us from Eastern Kentucky University, where she had been teaching a very similar course. So, she’s here now and working on a PhD, and  is very keen on keeping that research going. She approached us and we found a grant and the ball got rolling.”

Reading said the course will look at the history of U.S. military veterans, from the Revolutionary War to the present Gulf War conflicts.

Posted: August 16, 2017 Whidbey loses iconic, respected community newspaperman
Whidbey News-Times

One of the great community newspapermen died Aug. 12 in his hometown of Anacortes.  Wallie Funk was 95 years old.

As journalist, photographer and publisher, Funk documented the lives of countless people in the pages of the Whidbey News-Times and the Anacortes American.

Funk famously donated tens of thousands of photographs to museums and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for archiving; his photos have been part of several art exhibits, including one at Western Washington University called “When Local Becomes National: The Legacy and Impact of Pacific Northwest Photojournalist Wallie V. Funk.”

A couple of years ago, he published a book entitled “Pictures of the Past” about the history of Anacortes.

Posted: August 16, 2017 West Ada teacher takes on New York and Shakespeare

Sally Mitchell’s dream came true this summer when she spent two weeks in New York City to study Shakespeare.  The Renaissance High School English teacher became hooked on Shakespeare in the ninth grade. She’s been going to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise since she turned 14.

“I love Shakespeare because it’s colorful,” Mitchell said. “It’s full of wonderful language and explores in a meaningful way what it means to be human.”

Mitchell participated in a two-week program held at the Palonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn and learned from scholars and performers from Columbia University, City University of New York and the Theatre for a New Audience. Mitchell is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar.

Mitchell was one of 25 teachers nationwide selected as a NEH summer scholar. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions so teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Posted: August 16, 2017 Mississippi Photographers at Fischer Galleries, Bill Ferris, Vicksburg Native
Jackson Free Press

Opening reception for Vicksburg native Bill Ferris will take place on Aug. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fischer Galleries.  Ferris is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit will feature 45 prints from his book, “The South in Color,” which contains color photographs of everyday life in Mississippi that Ferris took in the ’60s and ’70s.