New facts, figures and idiosyncrasies in the trend of “selfies” – a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website – have been revealed through a study by CUNY Professor Lev Manovich. Manovich conducted the research using tools and techniques developed as part of the Software Studies Initiative, a project partly funded by the NEH. He intends to continue selfie research in the vein of viewing the online photography trend as part of “self-sociology," from National Geographic.
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University of Virginia Professor Steve Railton is working to create Digital Yoknapatawpha -- a complete digital archive, including interactive timelines, maps, and charts, outlining the fictional county in Mississippi where writer William Faulkner set his stories -- thanks to support from a $300,000 NEH grant.
Chairman Adams will visit the state of Delaware from September 6 through 8 to meet with the leadership of institutions and cultural heritage organizations in Delaware that have received NEH grants, speak with humanities faculty, undergraduates and doctoral students, and deliver a public talk on The Common Good and NEH's 50th anniversary at the University of Delaware in Newark.
The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia has won a $325,000 NEH grant to support its exhibit "1917: Gateway to the 20th Century" that documents the year America entered WWI, the Bolsheviks undertook revolution in Russia, and the Balfour Declaration was signed.
Matthew Sutton, professor of history at Washington State University, has won an NEH Public Scholar grant to complete his book (Un)Holy Spies: Religion and Espionage in World War II; his work will explore the roles missionaries, priests, and Christian activists played as spies and saboteurs for US intelligence and will be published in 2019.