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Posted: May 11, 2017 History Professor Receives NEH Fellowship to Study History of Wine in Russia
Sonoma State University News

Sonoma State University History Professor Stephen Bittner has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study how wine has the power to bring people together to create a common culture -- in Russia.

"You might think Russia is typically associated with vodka," says Bittner. "But in 1985, the Soviet Union was the fourth-largest producer of wine in the world behind France, Italy and Spain." The cultural embrace of wine helped establish Russia's civilizational pedigree -- or their "Europeanness," as Bittner puts it.

"When Peter the Great came to power in 1696, he really wanted to establish Russia as a European Power," Bittner continued. "Embracing wine as a culture was how he attempted to associate Russia with European and Western Values."

Posted: May 11, 2017 “Marion Mahony Griffin - Her Life Story Living and Working on Three Continents
Globe Gazette, Iowa

Peggy Bang will present “Marion Mahony Griffin - Her Life Story Living and Working on Three Continents” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

Bang's talk is in conjunction with the exhibit, "In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin," on display in the Kinney Lindstrom Gallery through Aug. 16.

The Chicago-born Mahony Griffin became the earliest licensed female architect in America in 1897. Her passions about nature and anthroposophy influenced her personal choices and architectural planning her entire life.

Bang has been a leader in historic preservation since 1990, co-chairing the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Stockman House restoration; serving 10 years, including several as president, on the Wright on the Park board that owns and restored the Historic Park Inn Hotel, and with her husband restoring their home, the Melson House.

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: May 11, 2017 Seshagiri to Prepare Memoir of British Writer Virginia Woolf
Tennessee Today

Urmila Seshagiri, associate professor of English, will spend her summer putting the pieces of Virginia Woolf’s life together thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend.

A specialist in 20th-century modernism, Seshagiri aims to prepare the first scholarly edition of Virginia Woolf’s memoir A Sketch of the Past.

“Despite its decades-long canonical status, this posthumously published autobiography has never been edited, annotated, or introduced for contemporary scholars,” Seshagiri says. “A scholarly text of A Sketch of the Past would establish Woolf’s artistic conception of the memoir, which is not fully visible in its current form.”

Although there are more than two dozen biographies of Virginia Woolf to date, this is the only record of Woolf’s life written by the author herself. Penned shortly before Woolf’s death in 1941, the autobiography was unknown until 1976, when Jeanne Schulkind discovered the writings in the Monks House papers at the University of Sussex. Over the next decade, she compiled Woolf’s writings about her life in Moments of Being: Unpublished Autobiographical Writings.

Posted: May 11, 2017 What would Greenville look like without grants for the arts?
Greenville Online

This weekend, Greenville will proudly display its commitment to the arts.

The 13th annual Artisphere festival opens Friday, and for three days, the streets of downtown will overflow with rich color and the sounds of music and the aroma of lamb burgers and caramel popcorn.

Last year, Artisphere had an economic impact of $6.4 million, as 100,000 visitors packed the streets, purchasing original art, checking out the local merchants, sampling the cuisine.

But, what would the festival look like if it didn't receive funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission?

Kerry Murphy, the festival’s executive director, said putting on the festival would be a lot tougher without a $21,000 general operating support grant from SCAC, which in turn receives a large portion of its funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The NEA has been under fire this year, as President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would have eliminated the NEA, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Those agencies were spared by the House Appropriation Committee’s appropriations bill for the 2017 fiscal year, which actually increased NEA and NEH funding.

Posted: May 11, 2017 ‘Slavery by Another Name’ screening, talk in Jervis Saturday
Rome Sentinel

The documentary film ‘Slavery by Another Name’ will be shown and discussed at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at Jervis Public Library Auditorium.

“The public is encouraged to attend the free Created Equal programs, “ said President Jackie Nelson of the NAACP Rome Chapter.

The film is one of three of the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle programs sponsored by the NAACP Rome Chapter, National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro and the Jervis Public Library. The Created Equal public programs have been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Created Equal fosters dialogue about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America within our local communities, schools, and colleges.

Posted: May 10, 2017 Young readers’ initiative makes impact on students
Rapid City Journal

More than 100 Belle Fourche second graders received "Adventures on Deckawoo Drive" as part of National Arts and Humanities reading initiative.

The South Dakota Humanities Council, represented at the presentation by Michelle Deyo-Amende, received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide books for young readers.

The Clarkson Foundation helped SDHC to reach the first $50,000 in the $100,000 1 to 1 ratio grant. According to the grant from the National Endowment for Humanities, the money must be matched by non-federal sources. The Clarkson Foundation put SDHC over the top, exceeding the first goal of $50,000 by May 1.

Posted: May 10, 2017 Udall stops in Carrizozo
Ruidoso News

Hundreds of New Mexico artists, artisans and cultural institutions have benefited in some way from National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities grants or support, according to the information.

New Mexico is a longtime champion for supporting jobs in arts and culture and has reintroduced the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy, information from the senator’s staff states.

The CREATE ACT is designed to stimulate arts businesses and create more jobs to fuel New Mexico's growing creative economy. He also took an active role in pressing for an increase in funding for the national endowments for the arts and the humanities in an appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017.

"I had a great time this Saturday afternoon in Carrizozo visiting with Mayor Rick Hyatt and local artists to talk about revitalization efforts and ways the town has benefitted from its growing creative economy,” Udall said about his stop in Carrizozo, which followed a visit in Alamogordo. “Arts and culture account for 10 percent of New Mexico jobs, and Carrizozo is a great example of a community that is growing its economy thanks to artists and emerging arts businesses, like the Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography on funky 12th Street, and the Heart of the Raven Gallery, and the historic Lyric Theater, which is being renovated by artist Paula Wilson.”

Posted: May 10, 2017 University of Mississippi, Jarod Roll awarded a yearlong fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities
The Clarion Ledger
Jarod Roll, associate professor of history, has been awarded a yearlong fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities that allows scholars in the humanities to focus solely on their research or writing. He was one of 86 of the 1,298 scholars who applied to receive a 2017 fellowship. Roll joined the faculty in the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History in 2014. He plans to use his fellowship, which begins in August, to complete a book project, tentatively titled "American Metal Miners and the Lure of Capitalism 1850-1950." Roll previously authored "Spirit of Rebellion: Labor and Religion in the New Cotton South" (University of Illinois Press, 2010) and "The Gospel of the Working Class: Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America" (University of Illinois Press, 2011).
Posted: May 10, 2017 Recalling the Spiritual Vision of Robert Hayden, America’s First Black Poet Laureate
Religion and Politics

In  February, the new administration kicked off its first celebration of Black History Month with a discussion between the president and several of his African American diversity advisors. If unsurprising, much ado has been made about certain episodes in their exchange. Most notably, Trump himself outlined a litany of African American heroes in such a way that confused the boundaries between past and present. In a nod to the significance of Frederick Douglass, the famous nineteenth-century abolitionist, author, and orator, Trump casually remarked, “Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.” Whether his error was grammatical or historical, the slippage in Trump’s uninformed and empty acknowledgement of Douglass—whose legacy is steeped in opposition to white supremacy and in support of human equality—led to a Twitter-storm highlighting the administration’s ineptitude, once again, on broader matters of fact and truth alike. More substantively, Trump’s Frederick Douglass-gaffe calls attention to an impoverished vision of diversity and inclusion, as it relates to matters of domestic and international policy—but also against a backdrop of a persisting threat from the White House to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, both of which help to make work in the arts and humanities possible.

Posted: May 10, 2017 EO 9066 Exhibition Offers Glimpse Into Past
The Rafu Shimpo, Japanese American News

Letters sent to a Gila River detainee from the War Relocation Authority in 1945, a hand-drawn map of Tule Lake Segregation Center, comic books, magazines, newspapers, posters, artwork — more than 500 items that describe the lives of Japanese American detainees during World War II are exhibited at the California State University Dominguez Hills Library.

The exhibition shows a variety of archival materials donated by the South Bay Japanese American communities over the past 50 years to CSUDH and also throughout the CSU system. In addition, the exhibition includes some of Williams’ personal collection, such as his grandfather’s collection of The Grand Rapids Herald, published in Michigan. The headlines reflect the fact that U.S. newspapers at the time routinely referred to both Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans as “Japs.”

The project is led by CSUDH and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Park Service. CSUJAD is still accepting donations of materials to add the archives.