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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: July 14, 2017 WiGWatch: Community action to "Help the Humanities"
Wisconsin Gazette / 7/14

HELP HUMANITIES: The Wisconsin Humanities Council receives about 90 percent of its funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The money supports programs in schools, libraries, museums, churches and historical societies across the state. President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget calls for defunding the NEH. WHC says, “If NEH funding is lost, with it go all of our matching grants to community organizations. All our service to communities throughout Wisconsin will end.” The organization is asking Wisconsin residents to lobby the state congressional delegation to “save NEH funding.” Go to for more.

Posted: July 14, 2017 Local Teacher studies with Distinguished Scholars
Alice Echo News-Journal

In June, an Alice teacher was selected to attend a prestigious professional development institute sponsored by Humanities Texas, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts and the LBJ Presidential Library.

Roberto Martinez, who teaches Texas history and U.S. history at Adams Middle School, participated in “Founding a New Nation,” which took place from June 5–June 8.

“Founding a New Nation” drew 52 Texas teachers to Austin for three and a half days of presentations and informative seminars.

The institute focused on topics central to the early history of the United States, including the American Revolution, George Washington’s military leadership and presidency, the Articles of Confederation, Native Americans and African Americans during the Revolution, medicine in early America, the development of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the rise of political parties, the role of women during the founding period, Alexander Hamilton and the development of the U.S. economic system, the establishment of the federal judiciary and American foreign policy from Washington to Monroe.

“Founding a New Nation” was made possible with support from the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to advance education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.

Posted: July 14, 2017 Student of the Week: Stephanie Reitzig - 2017 National History Day Contest
Left Hand Valley Courier, CO

For Niwot student and history buff Stephanie Reitzig, Colorado Governor Ralph L. Carr is exactly the type of historical figure that deserves to be rescued from obscurity. As an outspoken critic of the internment of Japanese-Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Carr’s commitment to civil rights and racial equality earned him enmity from fellow governors, voters, and the press, and is widely thought to have cost him a promising career in politics.

This principled position in the face of nearly universal opposition is why Reitzig chose Carr as the subject of her entry for the 2017 National History Day (NHD) Contest.

NHD is a non-profit educational organization that promotes historical research in middle and high schools, and this year’s Contest theme, Taking a Stand in History, generated more than 3,000 entries. Last month, Reitzig’s entry, By the Code of Humanity: Ralph Carr Takes a Stand for Japanese American Rights in World War II, took first place in the senior paper category. She received a cash prize and was named a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar for the win.

Posted: July 14, 2017 White Lake Township Library awarded World War I grant
The Oakland Press

White Lake Township Library is one of 40 venues in the country that has been awarded a “World War I and America” grant to host a series of events about the impact of WWI in America. Adult programs librarian Denise Harris-Fiems said, “We are excited to receive this grant to offer programs for our community that cause us to reflect on the history of American wars, beginning with WWI, and their impact and legacy for our country. We hope this series of programs will bring veterans and their families together with the general public to discuss these topics.” Presented by Library of America with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, “World War I and America” is a two-year national initiative presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial and other organizations.

Posted: July 12, 2017 Ex-endowment director to speak about humanities
Mount Desert Islander

Adams, former president of Colby College and Bucknell University, was the 10th chair of the NEH from 2014 until stepping down in May of this year. He’ll speak about the importance of the humanities for American democracy and as a crucial balance to quickly evolving technological developments.

Recent advances in the STEM fields have changed our lives in very important and positive ways. But they’ve also created challenges that cannot be addressed by technical and scientific means,” Adams said. “More than ever, we need the humanities to help us understand and sort out the legacies of our technical prowess and progress.

Posted: July 12, 2017 Two Loyola University New Orleans Receive Fellowships from the National Humanities Center
Loyola University New Orleans Newsroom

Elite fellowships will support yearlong research projects, lectures, seminars in Washington D.C.; Loyola is a top producer of 2017-2018 NHC fellows

Two Loyola University New Orleans professors have been named Fellows of the National Humanities Center for the 2017-2018 academic year. With two of its professors receiving the elite NHC fellowships, Loyola University New Orleans joins Duke University, Princeton University, Arizona State University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as one of the year’s top producers of NCH Fellows.

The National Humanities Center has awarded over $1,300,000 in individual fellowship grants to enable scholars to take leave from their normal academic duties and pursue research at the Center. Fellowship funding is made possible by the Center’s endowment, by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by contributions from alumni and friends of the Center.

Posted: July 12, 2017 Walden, the anti-video game video game
Gant News, CNN News Affiliate

I went into the Walden Pond video game because I wished to play deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not played the game. That’s a bastardization of Henry David Thoreau’s mission statement from his classic gospel of mindful, self-reliant living, “Walden: Or, Life in the Woods.” This great American philosopher and naturalist — whose 200th birthday should be celebrated today, and every day hence, with a daily moment of nature Zen — made a well-known experiment out of living for two years, two months and two days in a walk-in-closet-size cottage in the woods by the pond near Concord, Massachusetts.

The action-packed observing, thinking, writing, walking and chopping wood, lives on in a new first-person video game simulation called “Walden, a game,” created by Tracy J. Fullerton, director of the Game Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

I made my first pilgrimage to the real Walden Pond in college, having just absorbed Thoreau’s account of living there, as well as a thick collection of essays by him and others who made up the Transcendentalist movement of the early to mid-1800s.

They were the American progressives and the intellectuals of their day. They argued for gender equality, universal education and environmental conservation and argued against slavery, laws that perpetuated poverty and the death penalty.

Posted: July 12, 2017 UW Libraries Fall Lecture Series to Commemorate World War I
University of Wyoming Navigation

University of Wyoming Libraries will host three free programs related to World War I during the fall semester in recognition of the centenary of the historic event.

The programs are part of “World War I and America,” a two-year national initiative of Library of America, presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, other organizations and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Information can be found at

The UW Libraries, in collaboration with local community and campus organizations, such as the Albany County Historical Society, the Laramie Plains Museum, UW’s Army ROTC and the UW History Club, sponsor the following programs:

-- “But I Just Had to Brace Up and Do My Best-Nurses in World War I,” Monday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m., Coe Library, Room 506.

Mary Burman, Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing dean, will use diaries, letters and other sources to illustrate the experiences of nurses during World War I, focusing on American nurses who served overseas. The impact of military service in World War I on individual nurses and also the profession of nursing in the United States will be described.

Posted: July 12, 2017 Rogers Museum Council approves giving money to museum project
Northwest Arkansas News

John Burroughs, museum executive director, said more than $3 million has been raised for the museum project, which is expected to $5.5 million. 

The city's $2.5 million means the museum and Rogers Museum Foundation raised the total amount for the project.

Burroughs said he expects the city to contribute less than the $2.5 millions because fundraising isn't over. Burroughs expects the foundation will receive a $250,000 grant in the fall for the project.

Burroughs said he's pleased and proud of Mayor Greg Hines and the council's commitment to the museum.

The museum project includes renovating of the old Haley Ford Building and the museum.

The project also included the museum's new collection building at Third and Poplar Streets.

Burroughs expects the Haley Building will be opened by Christmas 2018.

Burroughs told the council they had plans of building a new museum, but purchasing the Haley Building met their needs. Burroughs said building a new museum would have cost $7.9 million and it could have been significantly higher.

The council also voted to accept a $500,000 grant from the Rogers Museum Foundation. The grant is included in the $3 million raised for the project. The foundation raised the $500,000 as part of matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: July 11, 2017 Aiming High: PHCC offers new program for honors students
Martinsville Bulletin

Over the last two years the college has worked closely with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to develop its honors courses. Last spring, PHCC become one of only 12 community colleges nationwide to receive a humanities grant from the NEH under the Common Good initiative. The focus of the $100,000 grant was to foster scholarship among educationally well-prepared students and to bring students closer to their Appalachian heritage.

The Humanities Honors program will incorporate Appalachian culture and history studies. In the previous school year, PHCC invited six best-selling authors from the Appalachian region to the college in an effort to research and develop the implementation of the upcoming honors program.

“In the honors program we seek students who don’t just want to absorb knowledge; we seek those who enjoy discovering different approaches and new ways of doing or seeing,” Forbes said. “We need students who are ready and willing to distinguish themselves.”