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Posted: February 16, 2018 The Great War: Arkansas in World War I
The Sentinel-Record

Hot Springs National Park will host "The Great War: Arkansas in World War I," a free traveling exhibit that tells the story of the state's role during the "war to end all wars" at home and on the battlefields, beginning next week.

The traveling exhibit consists of 12 panels that showcase images from the Arkansas State Archives' holdings, including original documents, photographs, posters, maps, and historical objects, giving a firsthand look at the lives of Arkansans during the war, Hot Springs National Park said in a news release. 

The exhibit covers the chronology of the war, as well as various facets of the conflict, such as training troops in Arkansas, actions overseas, the home front, providing for the war, health care, and Arkansas heroes.

This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: February 16, 2018 Travelling exhibit starts conversation
The Etownian, Elizabethtown College News

Opinions toward the war will be showcased throughout the month, illustrated by works of the student body, college faculty and the general public from the College’s Hess Archives.

The World War I and America exhibition included objects that ranged from patriotic artwork to informative passages on why war happens.

“When thinking of America, I realize that it is really a melting pot of many cultures,” senior Mary Walsh said.

World War I and America is a traveling, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) educational exhibit that illuminates the impact that WWI had on the United States.

By involving libraries and museums nationwide, the mobile presentation shares the various hardships of war through the writings of Americans who lived through it.

Posted: February 16, 2018 NEH funds Appalachian event to preserve the history of the Lincoln Heights Rosenwald School
Appalachian Today

 Dr. Kristen Baldwin Deathridge, Pam Mitchem and Dea Rice received $9,877 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help preserve and share the story of the Lincoln Heights Rosenwald School in Wilkesboro by hosting a one-day event at the school for alumni and community members.

Deathridge is an assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of History; Mitchem is an associate professor and the coordinator of Digital Scholarship and Initiatives (DSI) in Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian; and Rice is an assistant professor and digital projects librarian in Belk Library and Information Commons.

According to Deathridge, Lincoln Heights — a large Rosenwald School for African-Americans — operated from 1924-68. The school educated and employed black southerners through the Jim Crow era and the height of the 20th-century civil rights movement.

Since the school’s closure, Deathridge said, alumni and community members have been working to preserve and share their story, and have invited members of Appalachian’s history department and Belk Library to assist in that mission.

Posted: February 15, 2018 Languages Across the Curriculum gains popularity
The Trinitonian

Dante Suarez, associate professor of finance and decision sciences, teaches a course titled “Doing Business in Latin America.” In this class, students listen to lectures on international business laws, learn to interact with team members from other cultures and create a plan for a hypothetical business. The class is three credits, and students travel to Monterrey, Mexico to present their business proposals.

And, Suarez teaches the class completely in Spanish.

Doing Business in Latin America is a Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) class. This means the class is taught in a foreign language and students speak to each other and their professor in a foreign language.

The LAC program was formed 24 years ago. Nanette LeCoat, associate professor of modern languages and literatures, and Alida Metcalf, history professor, created the LAC program through the National Endowment for the Humanities Focus Grant. This grant enabled them to create a new program in language teaching through collaboration with her colleagues. Metcalf no longer works at Trinity, but LeCoat still serves on the LAC committee. 

“We really wanted students to feel that this was something that would help them learn about a culture and about history, and also to be professionally useful. So we wanted to offer classes that were not the traditional offerings of the language and literature program, but rather focused on topics of interest,” LeCoat said.

Posted: February 14, 2018 What Next-Gen Digital Humanities Looks Like

In the humanities, where pots of money tend to be smaller than in the sciences, a little can go a long way. It’s often not just the size of the grant but who’s giving it that matters.

For 10 years now, the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities has been investing in digital humanities scholarship, sometimes with grants as small as a few thousand dollars. Last week, the ODH marked its first decade with cake and presentations at its annual Project Directors’ meeting at the NEH’s headquarters in Washington. Some 50 current ODH grantees gave lightning-round presentations about their work, and scholars who have received ODH support over the past decade reflected on the development of digital humanities as a field and as a practice.

Posted: February 14, 2018 National summit at James Madison’s Montpelier will create new approaches to teaching slavery
Augusta Free Press

The weekend-long summit dealt with many issues important to honest and equitable approaches to teaching slavery and engaging descendant communities, including: definitions and rights of descendant communities; understanding the lasting legacies of slavery; creating community engagement and outreach models; new approaches to genealogical research; and portraying the emotional realities facing enslaved people.

“The weekend was an important step in our field,” said Michael Blakey, National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Anthropology at The College of William & Mary, who is also a member of Montpelier’s descendant community. “Including descendants in discussions of slavery interpretation doesn’t make them less scientific. In fact, it offers news perspectives, more accountability, and a path forward for assuring that African American history is not a sidebar of American history.”

The outcome of the Summit will be released to the public during Montpelier’s annual Juneteenth celebration later this year.

Posted: February 14, 2018 Paula Gottlieb awarded National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship
University of Wisconsin, Madison Press

The philosophy professor will use the opportunity to write a new book about Aristotle. 

Philosophy professor Paula Gottlieb has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to write a book about ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle.

The fellowship will allow Gottlieb, who is also an affiliate professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, to engage in research for a year without teaching and service obligations and to complete Aristotle on Thought and Feeling, a book under contract with Cambridge University Press.

“It is common for philosophers and others to treat thinking and feeling as at odds with one another,” Gottlieb says. “Some think that to be a good person one’s thinking should always be in charge, while others think that one’s feelings should rule. On my interpretation, Aristotle thinks that thought and feelings in the good person are integrated and interdependent. This applies to good people in everyday life and to those deserving of public office.”

Posted: February 13, 2018 Trump’s budget eliminates NEA, public TV and other cultural agencies. Again.
Washington Post

In a repeat of last year, the Trump administration’s budget proposal for 2019 calls for eliminating four federal cultural agencies in a move that would save almost $1 billion from a $4.4 trillion spending plan.

Trump’s proposal calls for drastically reducing the funding to begin closing the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The four agencies would share $109 million in 2019, a overall cut of $917 million.

NEH Senior Deputy Chairman Jon Parrish Peede said the agency will continue to work as the budget debates begins. Since it was created in 1965, the NEH has awarded more than $5.6 billion in grants that supported books, movies and museum exhibitions, among other cultural projects.

Posted: February 13, 2018 Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump’s 2019 budget
Washington Post

Highlights from President Donald Trump’s budget for fiscal year 2019, released Monday.

Posted: February 13, 2018 Marion E. Wade Center Awarded Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Wheaton College Press

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Wheaton College’s Marion E. Wade Center a Preservation Assistance Grant for 2018. The Wade Center will use the NEH grant to assess the preservation needs of a selection of books from the personal library of C.S. Lewis.

While Wheaton faculty have received NEH grants in the past, this is the first time that an NEH grant was awarded to the College, according to Wade Center archivist Laura Schmidt. The Wade Center received $6,000 in grant funding, and Schmidt will serve as project director for the preservation assessment.

“As archivist I am responsible for obtaining new materials for our collection, preserving those materials, and helping people to use them,” Schmidt says. “The NEH grant supports both the preservation and access parts of my job. Preserving these books through conservation treatment will allow them to be usable by our visitors for years to come.”