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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: June 2, 2017 Budget debate hits home
The Journal Gazette

When Wally Fosnight moved to Fort Wayne from Pittsburgh in 1970, he soon discovered that his young daughter's favorite programs, “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street,” could not be seen locally. Motivated to address this void, Mr. Fosnight's investigations with other volunteers culminated in the 1972 launch of PBS39, the area's only locally owned and operated television service. It was the community's financial support, along with federal dollars through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, that created this access to quality educational programming for all children in the area. It is this successful public-private partnership that is now threatened with elimination in President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget.

Eliminating funds to public media and federally funded cultural agencies (such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities) would reduce the federal budget by less than 0.005 percent. Meanwhile, for every CPB dollar received, PBS39 raises nearly three additional dollars, providing a 265 percent return into our community on the essential federal investment.

Posted: June 2, 2017 WMA Will Host Regional Heritage Stewardship Program, Alabama

he Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce it will be a host site for a Regional Heritage Stewardship Program workshop organized by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) on June 19 and 20, 2017. The goal of the workshop is to provide collections care and preservation training to museums and other collecting institutions in underserved areas of the Eastern Gulf Coast, including Alabama, the Florida panhandle, and Mississippi. Funding for the program was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: June 2, 2017 In the second part of a two-week conversation, cohost Baynard Woods talks with scholar and writer Kathleen B. Jones about the relevance of political theorist Hannah Arendt in the age of Trump.
Flagpole, Athens, GA

Democracy in Crisis -  In the second part of a two-week conversation, cohost Baynard Woods talks with scholar and writer Kathleen B. Jones about the relevance of political theorist Hannah Arendt in the age of Trump.

Jones is a professor emerita at San Diego State University and the author of numerous books, stories and essays, including "The Power of Ordinary People Facing Totalitarianism," in The Conversation. She directs a National Endowment for the Humanities program for public school teachers on the work of Arendt.

Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

Posted: June 2, 2017 OUR VIEW: Kids need things to do and Montgomery is doing right by funding parks
Montgomery Advertiser

Balancing a budget isn’t an easy thing to do (we speak from personal experience at home).

It’s seemingly tougher to do when you are providing for more than 200,000 people. That’s what the city finance experts do annually.

When reviewing line item after line itemso-called frills become easy targets for cuts.

When it comes to penny-pinching a public budget, the programs that enhance our quality of life usually and wrongly are pinpointed as extravagant, unnecessary spending. Things like parks and recreation, publicly sponsored gatherings, planting trees along roadways, senior citizen events or regular mowing of parks’ grassy areas.

For “luxuries” on the federal level, see the National Endowment for the Arts or the National Endowment for the Humanities, both the punching bags of Washington budget season, including this year. President Trump’s proposed budget released last month completely defunds the NEH and the NEA. 

Posted: June 1, 2017 UMass Lowell is awarded grants for Southeast Asian archive
Boston Globe

Researchers at UMass Lowell’s Center for Asian American Studies have been awarded a $239,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant and a $28,000 UMass President’s Office Creative Economy Initiatives Fund grant to create a Southeast Asian Digital Archive. Partnering with local Southeast Asian-American communities, the archive will preserve cultural heritage materials documenting the experiences of Southeast Asians in the Lowell region since the late 1970s. The digital collection will be a resource for teachers, students, scholars, and community members.

Posted: June 1, 2017 $100,000 grant helps BGSU professors create courses on immigration issues
Sentinel-Tribune, Bowling Green, OH

Call it immigration or migration, these two professors are on the move, thanks to a new grant, given for developing a whole new course of study in the subject. Bowling Green State University professors Christina Guenther and Vibha Bhalla have already completed the first step outlined in their recently awarded $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

The grant was given with the idea of creating an entirely new multidisciplinary course of study in migration.

Using broader strokes than merely creating a new class, the concept is to ultimately design a new migration certificate program covering both domestic and global migration. While the individual courses created will satisfy general education requirements, according to the grant summary, the certificate will be "of particular interest to those students interested in policy making, law enforcement, (non-governmental organization) professionals, business and academics."

Posted: June 1, 2017 New baseball documentaryto be shown in Houston
Houston Chronicle

Filmmaker Gaspar Gonzalez will screen a new film titled "A Long Way from Home," which details the stories of African-American and Afro-Latino players who followed Jackie Robinson into the minor leagues and Major League Baseball, on Wednesday, June 14, at the River Oaks Theater.

Local interview subjects, Gonzalez says, include Jimmy Wynn, Enos Cabell, J.R. Richard, Bobby Tolan and Deacon Jones.

Gonzalez said the film, completed with assistance of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will air later this year on TV One. A trailer and details can be found at, and details of the Houston screening are at

Posted: June 1, 2017 Theatre for a New Audience Celebrates Capital Campaign Completion
Broadway World

TFANA announced Phase III of the campaign, Shakespeare Works in Brooklyn: The Campaign for a Permanent Home, in 2005. Prior to the opening of Polonsky Shakespeare Center, TFANA had been an itinerant producer, renting venues across New York City to present its work. Phase III included the design and construction of the Theatre's first home of its own, specifically designed for Shakespeare and classic drama; the establishment of endowments for programs and operations; the marketing and programming launch of the Inaugural Season; and supporting expenses. The inaugural production in the new space was Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Julie Taymor. The total raised by Phase III is more than $65 million.

TFANA's restricted endowment funds include a $1.7 million Humanities Fund to support the Theatre's expanded humanities programming, established by a prestigious $500,000 Challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $1 million Elayne P. Bernstein Education Fund Education was established to support the Theatre's education programming in New York City's public schools. Shakespeare and other classic theatre productions are supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation Fund for Classic Drama, established by a $1 million gift from the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Roughly seventeen years ago, Horowitz and Theodore C. Rogers, then Chairman of TFANA's Board, began looking for locations where the Theatre could build a home of its own. Harvey Lichtenstein invited the Theatre to build from the ground up in what became the Brooklyn Cultural District, steps away from the Brooklyn Academy Of Music and Mark Morris Dance Center. Neighboring arts organizations in the District include 651 Arts, the A.R.T./NY LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space, BRIC, the Irondale Center, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and UrbanGlass.

Posted: June 1, 2017 Nantucket Historical Association June Lecture Series
Yesterday's Island/Today's Nantucket

On Monday, June 19, Historian Sarah Crabtree will tell the story of William Rotch, who had the unusual and unfortunate distinction of being accused of disloyalty four separate times by three different governments in less than two decades. Her talk, entitled “Tinker, Traitor, Coward, Spy! The (Mis)adventures of William Rotch,” explains how Rotch’s official charges were often complicated and varied in each case, but the underlying accusations were strikingly similar and, for Rotch, incredibly tiresome. She explores how Rotch suffered greatly during this time period, but also profited enormously and found success in an increasingly globalized economy through his male family members.

Sarah Crabtree is an Assistant Professor of History at San Francisco State University. She is an National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island, which has brought her home to the East Coast to complete the research for her book on William Rotch.

Posted: May 31, 2017 Reading the First Books #firstbooksdh

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections hosted a day-long digital scholarship symposium on May 30, 2017, titled “Reading the First Books: Colonial Documents in the Digital Age.” Hashtag: #firstbooksdh

The symposium celebrates the culmination of “Reading the First Books: Multilingual, Early-Modern OCR for Primeros Libros,” a two-year effort to develop tools for the automatic transcription of early modern, multilingual printed books that involved a collaboration between students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities.

The May 30 symposium will bring together invited scholars, librarians, software developers, and students for a day-long conversation on the themes of digital scholarship, colonial and early modern history, and Latin American studies. Two keynote speakers will address the symposium: Brook Danielle Lillehaugen, Department of Linguistics, Haverford College, and Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.