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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: February 13, 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Expands UWG Undergrad Research
University of West Georgia Press

The University of West Georgia’s College of Arts and Humanities (COAH) recently received a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

NEH will match every dollar raised, up to $25,000, for each of the next two consecutive years. The grant benefits English students participating in the department’s publication, “Literary Undergraduate Research in English” (LURe), and helps expand student resources.

“When I became aware of this particular grant, I noted that the NEH wanted to support a program that was already in existence and help that program grow,” said Dr. Leah Haught, assistant professor of English and faculty advisor for LURe.

LURe was created seven years ago to showcase critical writing skills by UWG English majors and to launch a peer-reviewed national journal for undergraduate scholarship. Since then, the journal’s submissions have grown substantially, expanding from only UWG students to those from the University System of Georgia and even nationwide.

Posted: February 12, 2018 Cal Ag Roots to develop animated atlas of California farming history
The California Aggie

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded a $30,000 grant to a project that is aiming to develop an animated atlas of California’s farming history.

The project is led by Ildi Carlisle-Cummins, who earned her master’s degree at UC Davis in 2013 and is the director of Cal Ag Roots, a program through the California Institute of Rural Studies. The project’s advisory team includes three UC Davis professors (Glenda Drew, Michael Ziser and David de la Peña), cartographer Molly Roy, and several independent scholars, including Nina Ichikawa of the Berkeley Food Institute.

The team is currently collaborating to make early decisions about the direction and goals for the project, asking what exactly the final product will look like and how it will be used.

“This is a discovery grant, meaning we’re asking ourselves those questions, I’m coordinating with a humanities team and a digital team,” Carlisle-Cummins said. “We’re all thinking about who it’s going to be for and what type of platform it will be on. And we’re still deciding if we want this to be something that will be finished and done for good or something that will continually be updated.”

Posted: February 12, 2018 County's Black History Month Celebration Features 'Men of Bronze', 'Harlem's Rattlers'

Union County's Black History Month Celebration event, featuring a screening of Men of Bronze, a rare 1977 documentary about the 369th Regiment in World War I, will be held February 21.  Keynote speaker Dr. Jeffery Sammons, Professor of History at New York University, will provide commentary on the film and present his book, Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality, co-authored with John H. Morrow, Jr.

In 2001, Sammons was awarded a fellowship by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and History and soon after received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in support of what became Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War. He is a national senator of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and a member of the Museum and Library Committee of the United States Golf Association. He is currently at work on a book about race and golf.

Men of Bronze is the definitive story of the black American soldiers of the 369th combat regiment, known as the Harlem Hellfighters, who served with the French Army in World War I. They were also known as Harlem’s Rattlers. Although relegated to non-combat duty by the U.S. Command, the 369th was sent to France and spent more time in front-line trenches than any other American infantry unit.

Fighting alongside French, Moroccan and Senegalese soldiers at the campaigns of Champagne-Marne and Meuse-Argonne, the courageous men of the 369th distinguished themselves in some of the fiercest battles of the Great War. Men of Bronze uses photographs, interviews with veterans, and film from the French and American National Archives to recount the sage of the Harlem Hellfighters, offering an inspiring tribute to these unsung heroes and an unforgettable look at World War I.

Posted: February 7, 2018 African influence in Brazil focus of showcase exhibit at West Oʻahu
University of Hawaiʻi

The first ever exhibit in the islands by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) on the Road program will be on display at the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu. “Bandits and Heroes, Poets and Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil,” looks at how Africans, brought in as slave labor to work sugar plantations, contributed to the rich culture found in the region.

The exhibit explores the blending of immigrant culture and art with indigenous and colonial traditions to form a vibrant and complex cultural mosaic. It is being brought to Hawaiʻi with the help of the Hawaiʻi Chapter of The Links Inc., a non-profit group committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry, and will be displayed on the first floor of UH West Oʻahu’s James and Abigail Campbell Library, February 12—March 16.

Posted: February 7, 2018 Film to educate residents on Ocoee massacre
The West Orange Times

Ask lifelong residents of Ocoee about the 1920 Ocoee Massacre, and, chances are, most of them have heard the stories. But there are so many new folks in the city, William Maxwell reasons, that most of them probably don’t know the details, and there are some who have never heard of the tragic and historical event.

Several peace and justice groups are collaborating to present a program that includes a screening of the award-winning short film “Ocoee: Legacy of the Election Day Massacre."

Funding for the program, “1920 Ocoee Massacre and Beyond: Paths to Truth and Reconciliation,” was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: February 7, 2018 Hice Announces NEH Grant-Writing Workshop
Congressman Jody Hice Press Release

Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) today announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will present a Regional Application-Writing Workshop on February 28th at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens.  The workshop is supported by the University of Georgia Office of Research and is hosted by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with Georgia Humanities.  The workshop will include an overview of NEH endowment programs and special initiatives followed by a mock panel review session that will offer strategies for developing strong applications.

“I am so pleased that the National Endowment for the Humanities, which is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States, is ensuring that resources are accessible to organizations here in Georgia,” said Congressman Hice. 

Posted: February 7, 2018 Stamfordites become part of city fabric with storytelling project
Stamford Advocate

To coincide with the city’s 375th birthday in 2016, the library launched “Tell Your Story,” which invites residents to share their personal Stamford history.

Digital librarian Frank Skornia has since interviewed more than 30 people — the youngest was around 40 and the oldest was 96. The participants, whose interviews are available through the library’s digital archive website, were also asked to bring memorabilia, ranging from photos and pamphlets to pins and mugs.

“We’ve had a lot of older people and what’s great is they’re capturing that history from the 1940s, 50s and 60s,” Skornia said. “There aren’t really a lot of stories from that time. You could read through the Advocate, but that doesn’t always get at what life was like.”

The library has been able to capture observations like these for the project with the help of a $12,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: February 5, 2018 UA instructor finds draft for famed 1641 book
Arkansas Online

A University of Arkansas, Fayetteville philosophy instructor has won a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship after hunting down an elusive early copy of a renowned text by 17th century philosopher Rene Descartes.

Jeremy Hyman was the only scholar from Arkansas to last year win one of 74 fellowships from the independent federal agency, receiving $50,400 to support work on translating a pre-publication draft of Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy.

Posted: February 5, 2018 The Tree Whisperer
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Jared Farmer wants to change the way we think about climate change.  In 2016 he received a $200,000 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to study relationships between people and ancient trees; with a research leave that Stony Brook financed with $50,000 apiece from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, he hopes to find lessons for living in a world of climate change and upheaval. "Climate change is the problem of our time; it is also a problem of time," wrote Farmer in his Carnegie application. "It requires thinking — and caring — in the long term."

Posted: February 5, 2018 CSUCI professor awarded a research grant
Ventura County Star

An assistant professor at CSU Channel Islands has received a $42,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help further her research into the history of the California wine industry.

“We tend to think of the California wine industry as something very white,” Julia Ornelas-Higdon, an assistant professor of history, said in a statement from the university. “It’s something we connect with wealthier groups of upper and upper-middle-class people. My book challenges those racial stereotypes. The California wine industry involved a diverse set of immigrants.”

Ornelas-Higdon plans to use the money to research and write a book on the marginalized history of the California wine industry workers, according to a news release from the university.

“My book is going to look at the evolution of the wine industry beginning in the Spanish Mission in 1769 and continuing through Mexican and then American California,” Ornelas-Higdon said. “The book will go through to the end of World War I.”