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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
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. 

Posted: August 18, 2017 Two Soundtrack Releases To Accompany New Ken Burns & Lynn Novick Film "The Vietnam War"
Cision PR News

"The Vietnam War era produced some of the greatest, most impactful music ever recorded. We are grateful that so many artists from the period wanted to be part of the film and now the soundtrack. We were equally fortunate to have had the tremendous honor to work with Trent and Atticus. Their original score beautifully complements the music from the time. And we are absolutely thrilled that our audience will now have the chance to own the original score along with some of the best music from the film," said Ken Burns and Lynn Novick in a joint statement.

Funding for THE VIETNAM WAR is provided by: Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and Members of The Better Angels Society:

THE VIETNAM WAR is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward. Produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns.

Posted: August 18, 2017 Digital Library of Georgia received National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize newspapers
University of Georgia Libraries News

Within two years, the Digital Library of Georgia will digitize 100,000 more pages of Georgia historic newspapers, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The DLG will receive $255,590 of the $39.3 million in grants being given for 245 humanities projects across the country. The newspapers selected for digitization will have been published prior to 1963 and will be part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program. The NDNP supports the creation of a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all states and U.S. territories.  An advisory committee consisting of journalists, historians, librarians, and archivists will guide the selection of Georgia titles to be scanned.

Historic newspapers are, by far, the DLG’s most popular resources, according to Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia. To date, the DLG has digitized over 900,000 pages of historic newspapers.

“Historic newspapers provide a unique look at our state over time. They are invaluable to scholars and the general public alike as they provide in-depth coverage of Georgia counties and cities, report on the activities of state and local government, and reflect the social and cultural values of the time that they were created,” McAlister said. “We’re grateful to the NEH for its support as we continue to add new content and are excited to participate in this nation-wide effort by incorporating Georgia’s historic newspapers into Chronicling America.”

Posted: August 17, 2017 Award-winning Author Kwame Alexander will headline local black book festival
Moultrie News, SC

Alexander believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his Writing Workshop. A regular speaker at schools and conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world—including Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, and recently, Ghana—planting seeds of literary love.

“We are thrilled that Kwame, one of the most inspiring authors in America today, will join us for our second festival,” announced Brittany Mathis, director of the Charleston Friends of the Library, one of the sponsors of the festival. Other sponsors include the South Carolina Humanities, the YWCA of Greater Charleston, the YMCA of Greater Charleston, the Avery Research Center, CharlestonGood, and the Lagunitas Brewing Company .

South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors

Posted: August 17, 2017 A creative collaboration results in a $150,000 grant to chronicle Brattleboro's publishing and literary history
The Commons, Vermont

Earlier this month, The National Endowment for the Humanities chose Brattleboro as the site for a new $150,000 multi-year “Creating Humanities Communities” matching grant to illuminate and share greater Brattleboro area’s rich history of words — stories, literature, publishing, printing — with a goal of cultivating a greater sense of place for those who live, work, play, and raise families here, as well as to attract and inform visitors.

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.