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Posted: June 22, 2017 Late Rutgers professor, civil rights champion receives prestigious Jefferson Award

The famed Rutgers-Newark professor and historian Clement Alexander Price was honored posthumously on Monday night at the 10th annual New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards.  Price, who was awarded the "Outstanding Citizenship" award, passed away in 2014 but not before compiling a remarkable record of public work.  Price's widow, Mary Sue Sweeney Price -- a former director of the Newark Museum -- was on hand to accept the award, as were other members of Price's family.

Price was a longtime champion of the city of Newark, who -- among his many accomplishments -- was the official historian of Newark and also chaired President Obama's 2008 transition team for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was also the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers.

Posted: June 22, 2017 Professor’s talk on American oil interests to air on C-SPAN 3
Notre Dame News

A spring lecture given by Darren Dochuk, associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, will be televised on C-SPAN 3 at 8 p.m. and midnight EDT Saturday (June 24).  The lecture was part of a course titled “The History of Oil in American Life,” which offered a chronological, thematic and contemporary examination of oil in modern America.

In December, Dochuk was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, allowing him to write a book exploring the relationship between oil and religion. His research interests include the intersections of religion, politics and the American West and Southwest, as well as the Cold War and the politics and culture of energy and the environment. He is the author of “From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism” (Norton, 2011), which won awards from the Society of American Historians, the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.

Posted: June 22, 2017 Around the State
The Baptist Standard, Texas

Jay Givens, professor of religion at Wayland Baptist University, has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ summer institute, “Challenges of Teaching World Religions.” Through the institute, Givens will rework Wayland’s curriculum for online graduate and undergraduate world religions courses.

Posted: June 22, 2017 Are You an Art Worker Drowning in Student Debt? This Congresswoman Wants to Help
artnet news

New York Democratic Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez has introduced a bill that would assist arts workers nationwide in paying down their student debt, for as much as $10,000. If you work in art education or other professional fields within the arts and your work benefits seniors, children, or adolescents, the American Arts Revival Act could help get you out of the red.

Velázquez’s bill stands in contrast to President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which aims to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other cultural organizations, which offer financial support to some of the organizations, such as museums, where these cultural workers may be employed.

Posted: June 21, 2017 These Clovis students among nation’s best when it comes to portraying history
The Fresno Bee |

Three Buchanan High School students won first place for their project in the National History Day contest in Maryland.

Matthew Clark, Sydney Fox and Allison Hodge won first place in the Senior Group Performance category. Their project was entitled “Solidarity: The Polish People Take a Stand for Freedom.” This year’s theme for the contest was “Taking a Stand in History.”

The award was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Clovis Unified students were designated as NEH Scholars.

More than half a million students from all 50 states including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and American Samoa and also students from international schools in China, Korea and South Asia take part in the annual contest. This year’s event was held at the University of Maryland’s campus in College Park.

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Posted: June 21, 2017 Scholars at JSU to Learn About State's Role in Civil Rights Movement
Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Twenty two professors from across the country are spending three weeks in Mississippi. They're at Jackson State University, courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities. They're learning about the state's role in the Civil Rights Movement. Professor Andrea Johnson from California State University knows about Dr. Martin Luther King and the movement in Alabama and Georgia, but little about Mississippi's role.

"So it's been great to come here and see a little bit different side of the picture. Obviously there's times King comes through the state, but the Mississippi civil rights movement has some great local heroes," said Johnson.

The Professors are learning more about activist such as Medgar Evers and landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases, like Brown vs. Board of Education. In 1954, the justices found separate schools for black and whites students unconstitutional. Professor Emeritus Leslie McClemore is founder of JSU's Fannie Lou Hamer Institute, which sponsors the annual event, along with the Council of Federated Organizations. 

Posted: June 21, 2017 NEH Gives $1,000 Award to Pro-Margaret Sanger Paper
The Washington Free Beacon

The National Endowment for the Humanities honored a high school student for writing a paper celebrating Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger with a $1,000 award.

In one of its first acts under the Trump administration, the agency released its list of middle and high school students who received prizes for its National History Day competition. Acting Chair Margaret Plympton, who joined the NEH under the Obama administration, gave out the awards during a ceremony last week.

The agency sponsored 18 first-place prizes, including the junior paper category to a student from Saint Paul, Minn., who received an award for a paper entitled, "Margaret Sanger, Taking a Stand for Birth Control."

Posted: June 21, 2017 MTSU history professor travels to Russia to study ‘Siberian Seven’ after receiving $6,000 NEH grant
The Sidelines

An MTSU assistant professor of history has traveled to Russia to investigate the “Siberian Seven” after receiving a grant to fund her expedition from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Emily Baran will be conducting research in Moscow for about nine more weeks because of the $6,000 NEH grant and her desire to study an infamous Cold War-era incident. Baran plans to eventually write a book on the culmination of her investigations regarding the Siberian Seven.

Posted: June 21, 2017 Is Utah upholding Brigham arts legacy?
Deseret Digital Media News

According to the Utah Cultural Alliance, $11 million of federal funds have come into Utah’s cultural organizations through the NEA, NEH, IMS and CPB.

“Government funding is more likely to reach rural and underserved communities than do some of the private foundations that tend to give more to urban organizations,” said Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, of the Utah Legislature. “My perception is government funding is more equitable.”

Posted: June 21, 2017 The 2017 Tony Awards
The Leicester Post

While accepting a Tony for his work in "Present Laughter", Kevin Kline thanked the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, two organizations under fire in Mr. Trump's proposed budget.