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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: March 16, 2018 Roanoke conference brings in experts to explore issues faced by veterans and their families
Roanoke Times

When veterans and their families return to civilian life they face challenges that largely go unexplored by the nation’s intellectuals.

Virginia Tech English professor James Dubinsky said some universities are changing that and are beginning to study veterans much the same way that a generation ago they began women’s studies and African-American studies programs.

Dubinsky said Tech’s Liberal Arts College and University Libraries is working toward building a veterans studies program. Two other universities — Arizona State University and the University of Missouri at St. Louis — are further along in creating similar programs and are co-sponsors of the forum. Tech also has won support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mostly at universities where veterans are being studied, only one or two professors in history, psychology, sociology, arts at universities are looking at the issues, he said. The conference gives them a chance to connect with each other and with the people they are studying.

Posted: March 16, 2018 Macedon library receives Founding Era grant
Daily Messenger

Macedon Public Library recently received a Revisiting the Founding Era grant to implement public programming and community conversations that explore America’s founding and its enduring themes.

The library will receive 10 copies of a reader containing scholarly essays on selected historical documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, $1,000 to help implement programs and additional digital resources, training and support from Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and American Library Association.

These resources will allow Macedon Public Library to launch a program series on the Founding Era. This includes three presentations planned for June and July by Laura Free, of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Richard Newman, of Rochester Institute of Technology, for adults and Matthew Robbins, an Advanced Placement history teacher at Palmyra-Macedon High School, for teens in high school.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with ALA and National Constitution Center with support from National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant provides 100 public libraries across the country the opportunity to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s ideas and themes and how they continue to influence lives today.

Posted: March 16, 2018 National Humanities Alliance annual meeting

Dr. David Trowbridge, an associate professor of history at Marshall University and creator of Clio, was one of four scholars invited to share his work at the 2018 annual meeting of the National Humanities Alliance in Washington, D.C., March 12.

Trowbridge was joined by scholars working to interpret history and preserve heritage sites in the United States, the Middle East and Central Europe. The panel was organized by Daniel Fisher, project director for the National Humanities Alliance, in order to demonstrate the importance of the humanities and highlight the ways that universities and foundations are supporting public engagement though the humanities.

 “We were very pleased that Dr. Trowbridge was able to join this distinguished group of publicly engaged humanities scholars,” Fisher said. “Clio shows what is possible when experts collaborate with the community. The Clio website and mobile app offer scholars and organizations a way to share expertise about local history with the world.”

 The panel was organized around the theme of “Changing Narratives about the Humanities in Higher Education” and featured projects supported by the Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Trowbridge discussed efforts at Marshall to create Clio, a website and mobile application that universities, libraries, historical societies and museums use to connect people to the history and culture that surround them.

Posted: March 15, 2018 Prof. Azade Seyhan Receives NEH Fellowship to Support Research for New Book
Bryn Mawr College News

Fairbank Professor in the Humanities and Chair and Professor of German and Comparative Literature Azade Seyhan has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to support her research. The title of Seyhan's project is "The Exodus of German Culture to Turkey, 1933–1945." The project will be a book-length analysis on academic exiles from Hitler’s Germany and the Turkish higher educational institutions in which they took refuge.

Posted: March 15, 2018 Vanderbilt advocates for humanities funding
Vanderbilt University News

Mona Frederick, executive director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, and Christina West, assistant vice chancellor for federal relations, attended the National Humanities Alliance’s annual meeting and advocacy day March 12 in Washington, D.C., and met with members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation as well as several other congressional offices with ties to Vanderbilt to advocate for robust federal humanities funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

“We are grateful to have such strong support for the NEH on Capitol Hill,” Frederick said. “It’s important to remind our members of Congress of the importance of the Endowment and to thank them for their continued support.”

This year’s keynote speaker at the NHA meeting was Jon Parrish Peede, senior deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, who recently was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as NEH chairman. Before joining the NEH, Peede served as publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review from 2011 to 2016 and was on the staff of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2011. A Vanderbilt University alumnus, Peede graduated in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in English and later earned a master’s degree in Southern studies from the University of Mississippi.

“The NEH has been such an important partner when it comes to academic research in the humanities—research that has enriched and enhanced communities throughout the nation and throughout Tennessee,” West said. “We look forward to a continued mutually beneficial relationship with the NEH.”

Posted: March 9, 2018 GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
Broadway World News

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II is a feature-length documentary spotlighting the little-known story of the more than 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in all branches of the military during World War II. Filmmaker Lisa Ades (American Experience: Miss America) brings the struggles of these brave men and women to life through first-hand experiences that reveal their fight against fascism, as well as their more personal war to liberate loved ones in Europe. After years of battle, these pioneering servicemen and women emerged transformed: more profoundly American, more deeply Jewish, and determined to continue the fight for equality and tolerance at home.

Support for GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Righteous Persons Foundation, the Dobkin Family Foundation, Alexander WOLF & Son, Al Berg, the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, River Birch LLC, Marlene & Hymie Mamiye, Mass Humanities, Robert & Pamela Jacobs, the Jacquin P. Fink Foundation for the Arts, Inc., Alan I. Franco, the Paler Foundation.

Posted: March 8, 2018 Professors win grant: going global without going abroad
The Lasso, Texas Women's University

Two Assistant Professors of English, Dr. Bender and Dr. Busl, were recently awarded a $99,803 grant for their “Building Global Perspectives in the Humanities” project from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This grant is the first of its kind for TWU to receive, according to Anna Ryan in her update to TWU News and Events. Dr. Bender said, “Fewer than 20 percent of applicants were awarded a grant in the category of Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities.” Both professors noted this money did not fall into their laps. They were successful only after three separate tries; after each submission, NEH sent comments back, and they revised accordingly each time, and finally, they received the grant. A special note to students: when your professors write comments on your papers, they’re helping you on the revision process – accept the help.

According to Dr. Busl, the Global Perspectives project (and the $99K) will allow for a head start in the direction of strengthening Global Perspectives here at TWU beginning with the Global Studies minor that already exists. Both Bender and Busl are Assistant Professors of English, a subject that is naturally interdisciplinary. You do not have to like English or be an English major to be interested in Global Studies. The professors say this program will help faculty across departments create new or revise existing courses that will include Global Perspectives and experiential learning components like those found in courses qualified under the Quality Enhancement Plan.

Posted: March 8, 2018 Karen Mittelman Takes the Lead at Vermont Arts Council
Vermont's Independent Voice "Seven Days"

Last summer, the Vermont Arts Council announced that Karen Mittelman would replace Alex Aldrich as executive director. Most recently the director of the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mittelman brings to her new job nearly three decades of experience at federal institutions and other cultural posts. The New York native has lived in the Washington, D.C., area most of her life. But, in October of last year, the 59-year-old traded the nation's capital for Vermont's.

Posted: March 8, 2018 10 schools to take part in junior high mock trial
Saipan Tribune

The 13th annual Junior High Mock Trial will take place on Saturday, April 7, from 8am to 12pm, at the CNMI courthouse, where middle school students of the CNMI will be arguing a fictitious case of a shoot out between agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency and a farmer.

This year there will be 10 schools participating: Dandan Middle School, Francisco Mendiola Sablan Middle School, Hopwood Middle School, Eskuelan Francisco De Borja, Dr. Rita Inos Jr. High School, Tinian Jr. High School, Chacha Ocean View Middle School, Saipan International School, Saipan Community School, and Mount Carmel School. Schools will be paired in rounds, which will be presided by a judge.

The CNMI Junior High Mock Trial is a signature program of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council where students learn about the law and standard courtroom procedures in a non-competitive format.  Though the program is non-competitive, special recognition will be given to students who give outstanding performances in their roles as attorneys or witnesses.

The CNMI Junior High Mock Trial is made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the CNMI Public School System and the CNMI Judiciary.

Posted: March 7, 2018 County library, museum work to preserve Hmong culture, NC

Siobhan Loendorf’s eyes lit up when she pulled up the image of a Hmong travel document on the computer screen in front of her.

“It looks like a little luggage tag, but this is an actual copy of (Xiong Tong’s) passport when he came from Thailand to America (in 1992),” the Catawba County Assistant Library Director said. “It just has a string and that’s just that manila card stock, and he and his family saved all theirs in really good order, but a lot of people threw theirs away or they got ruined.”

It was one of dozens of items brought in by three area Hmong families to be catalogued by the Library on Feb. 24.

The county library — through a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant and partnerships with the Historical Association of Catawba County (HACC) and the Digital Heritage Center of NC — put out a call to collect items representing the area Hmong community’s cultural heritage so it could be scanned and preserved for education and research through digital technology.