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Posted: May 17, 2018 University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center Awarded NEH Grant for 'P.S. Write Again Soon'
University of Kentucky Press

A project from University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center was one of 41 selected to receive a 2018 Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants allow institutions to preserve and provide access to collections essential to scholarship, education and public programming in the humanities.

UK’s two-year project, “P.S. Write Again Soon: Revealing 200 Years of the American Mosaic through the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters,” was awarded a grant worth $199,148 to process 355 cubic feet of letters, diaries and personal papers from the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters. Additionally, 50 cubic feet of material will be digitized.

The grant will fund a two-year project archivist position and will result in over 2,000 finding aids and 80,000 digitized documents.

Posted: May 15, 2018 Writer Tom Wolfe Has Died At 88
BuzzFeed News

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) mourns the passing of Tom Wolfe, 2001 National Humanities Medalist and 2006 Jefferson Lecturer.

Writer Tom Wolfe Has Died At 88

The author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities was a pioneer of New Journalism.

In 1973, he and writer E.W. Johnson edited and published a collection of writing that exemplified the style, The New Journalism, that showcased work by Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, Truman Capote, Gay Talese, and Hunter S. Thompson.

Wolfe himself didn't think New Journalism was so newfangled, however. In a 2006 interview at the National Endowment for the Humanities, he said New Journalism was "very, very similar to the journalism Stephen Crane did in the 1890s." He described his work, even novels, as "just bringing you the news" and held a disdain for contemporary fiction because of what he deemed its psychological insularity.

"For the novel now, it's all downhill," he said in 2006.

He advocated for writers to take up some of the tactics of reporters and "get outside themselves" as his favorite writers had, among them Emile Zola, John Steinbeck, and Crane.

Posted: May 15, 2018 ‘Da Vinci Dialogues’ program gets $5000 grant
Albuquerque Journal

The New Mexico Humanities Council has awarded a $5,000 grant to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to support its series of education programs called “Da Vinci Dialogues.”

The dialogues consist of public lectures, panel discussions and workshops that illustrate the many facets of Da Vinci’s genius as an artist, inventor and scientist, organizers said in a news release.

The New Mexico Humanities Council is an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: May 15, 2018 Passin Art to Present ‘Juneteenth: Words Along the Way’ at North Portland Library
Skanner News, Oregon

 Passin Art will present “Juneteenth: Words Along the Way” at the North Portland Library. On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers brought Texans the news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Juneteenth, the observance of that date, has become a national celebration of freedom.  This celebration commemorates that date with words and music.

This event was made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Posted: May 15, 2018 Bruce Springsteen and his Layered Lyrics Forum
Burlington County Times

May’s Leas Forum: Bruce Springsteen and his Layered Lyrics: 11 a.m.-noon May 26, Medford Campus Theater, 1 Medford Leas Way, Medford. Free. In this session, participants will learn about some of the works that have influenced one of Jersey’s most celebrated artists. Funded and made possible by the New Jersey Council for Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Prudence Jones, of Montclair University, will present.

Posted: May 11, 2018 PBS Honors Louisa May Alcott with 'The Woman Behind 'Little Women' Encore
Broadway World Press

A special encore broadcast of AMERICAN MASTERS -- Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women' airs nationwide Sunday, May 20 at 10 p.m. on PBS.  Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women' is the first film BIOGRAPHY about the celebrated author and reveals a remarkable woman, ahead of her time, who was much more than a writer of children's books. Combining elements of documentary, drama and animation, the film stars three-time Obie winner Elizabeth Marvel (Homeland, House of Cards) as Alcott and Tony and two-time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Jane Alexander (The Great White Hope, Warm Springs) as Alcott's first biographer Ednah Dow Cheney

Major funding for Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women' is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and Audrey Simons.

Posted: May 10, 2018 NEH funds study by history professor Sean Farrell on religious violence in 19th-century Ireland
Northern Illinois University Press

In the grand scale of history, it might seem like a minor footnote: an 1854 train wreck near Trillick, a small village in northwestern Ireland, that killed two railway engineers and left several passengers injured.  But NIU history professor Sean Farrell sees much more.

One of the world’s first “train wreckings,” the crash was no accident, had overtones of religious sectarianism and may have been an assassination attempt.  “I’ve always been interested in figuring out how simple Catholic versus Protestant stories came out of an Irish society that was so complex and fluid,” Farrell says. “The Trillick episode gives us a close view of that process. And this Irish story has obvious global and contemporary relevance given the prevalence of religious violence in divided societies around the world.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) would seem to agree that the story has historical importance. The NEH recently named Farrell as a recipient of its highly competitive Summer Stipends award to support his efforts to conduct a microhistory of the train wreck and its aftermath. NEH received almost 800 applications for Summer Stipends; only eight percent were funded.

Posted: May 10, 2018 Steven Lewis' photography exhibit at the Ann Foxworthy Gallery highlights his passion for small details
Santa Maria Sun Press

The story could be about a mysterious world preserved in an almost ancient landscape. Or it could be about the commonplace nature of the outside world.  But the tale the pictures really tell is the story of Steven Lewis, the renowned photographer behind them. Based in Santa Maria, Lewis takes an introspective examination of the relationship between subject and viewer that challenges assumptions about what is considered ordinary or beautiful. His work is currently featured in a solo exhibit titled At the Water's Edge in the Ann Foxworthy Gallery at Allan Hancock College, which runs through May 18.

Lewis taught for 34 years at Hancock, effectively establishing the school's photography program from its early beginnings. He's now retired, and the gallery show is a fitting return for the artist/educator who helped shape not just the academic photography program at the school but the conversation about photography in the community.

In 1973, Lewis earned his Master of Fine Arts at MIT, eventually going on to receive a National Endowment of the Arts award and later writing a book, Photography: Source and Resource. Lewis was also awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a series of oral history interviews with established fine arts photographers.

Posted: May 10, 2018 Catawba County Library To Showcase Hmong Culture

Among the Catawba County Library’s 2018 programs is the preservation of the artifacts and histories of the local Hmong community through digital technology.

Thanks to a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Historical Association of Catawba County and the Digital Heritage Center of North Carolina, the library has spearheaded a series of collection events to encourage Hmong residents to share their personal items for documentation.

As these efforts continue, the library is also highlighting Hmong culture and the traditions that immigrants to America carried with them from Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.

Posted: May 10, 2018 Congressman Smith Announces: Middletown and Manalapan Libraries Selected for National Program

Two libraries in Congressman Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) Fourth Congressional District were selected to participate in a national educational project “Revisiting the Founding Era,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

“I am pleased to announce that Monmouth County Library and Middletown Township Public Library will participate in this special project to look more closely at the founding of this country,” Rep. Smith stated. “They will be able to lead and focus their communities on subjects of immense value to our national heritage.”

Rep. Smith has supported funding of the National Endowments for the Arts & Humanities, for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (through September 2017), in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 that was signed into law.

He also joined a letter of support for the NEA and NEH to President Trump in March of 2017, asking for full funding of both agencies in the FY 2018 budget. He has also joined a letter of support for funding of the NEH in the FY 2019 budget.