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Posted: April 25, 2017 Go For Broke National Education Center Awarded $193,080 Grant From National Endowment for the Humanities

Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) today announced the awarding of a $193,080 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help preserve, restore and digitize 800 oral histories of WWII Japanese American veterans contained in GFBNEC’s Hanashi Oral History program.

The 800 oral histories, which represent about 2,000 hours of moving-image playback, will be selected from nearly 1,200 interviews in the Hanashi archives. The histories chronicle the experiences of Japanese American veterans who served in segregated units during WWII, many of whom had families imprisoned in U.S. incarceration camps. The Hanashi program represents the largest compilation of such Nisei veteran interviews, and includes stories from those who served in combat and intelligence units in the European and Pacific Theatres.

“This grant from NEH will allow us to preserve these priceless histories of our Nisei veterans, and to better organize and index them so that they can be shared with scholars, researchers and the public for years to come,” Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, GFBNEC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “These stories speak to the courage, selflessness and patriotism of our Nisei vets in helping to protect our democracy. Today, their examples can be used to inform public debate and policy as we discuss important issues such as tolerance, social justice and equal protection under the law.”

Posted: April 25, 2017 Boos and Bravos
The Post Star

Bravos to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for making an appearance at the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls to draw attention to the elimination of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. This is one of those times where we won’t know what we’ve lost until it’s gone. It was further encouraging to hear Rep. Elise Stefanik has also protested Trump’s cuts and that State Sen. Elizabeth Little was also on hand with her granddaughter to support Gillibrand’s opposition to the funding cuts.

Posted: April 25, 2017 WSUV names award winners for research, student achievement, teaching
The Columbian

Washington State University Vancouver on Monday announced its 2017 awards for research, student achievement and teaching.

Candice Goucher, professor of history, will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence, according to a WSU Vancouver news release. The award is given to a faculty member performing “exemplary research.

Goucher’s research focuses on African history and culture, and has been recognized for her writing and film about African foodways, metallurgy and culture. She is also a founder of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice at WSU Vancouver.

Goucher’s work has been recognized by the World History Association, the Society for Visual Anthropology, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library. Her 2014 book “Congotay! Congotay!” won the National and World Gourmand Awards for best book on Caribbean food.

Posted: April 25, 2017 This UNT Music Librarian Outlines Challenges, Rewards In His Work In The Digital Age

On the major challenges facing music librarians: I think one of our biggest challenges is misperceptions about the importance of libraries, especially with people who hold the purse strings, whether it's politicians or administrators, who think 'well, everything is on the internet, now everything is on the web, and we don't need libraries anymore.' Our challenge is to make sure people understand that No. 1: Not everything is digitized. No 2: Even when things are digitized you still need to have help finding what's out there, and that's where we come in.

I just had to issue a statement on behalf of MLA protesting the administration's plans to do away with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Music and Library Services, which are very dear and vital to what we do as music libraries."

Mark McKnight is the head of the music library at UNT. He was recently named president of the Music Library Association, an international group of librarians, musicians and scholars. 

Posted: April 25, 2017 A Red State’s Arts Blues
The New York Times

Mostly rural states like South Dakota could have outsize importance in deciding the fate of the endowment — and of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which the president has also marked for elimination. South Dakota, which has fewer than a million people, received the fifth-highest amount of federal arts money per person in the nation last year, and the endowment’s generally small grants can have a bigger impact here than they would at the Metropolitan Operas of the world. The endowment sent the state $966,600 last year, most of which went to South Dakota’s arts council, which gets roughly half the money it disperses here from Washington. (Members of the state’s small congressional delegation did not respond to emails or calls seeking their position on the programs.)

Posted: April 25, 2017 TRUMP’S BUDGET PROPOSAL: Funding for Bartlesville arts could disappear
Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise

Ann Thompson, executive director of Oklahoma Humanities, said that since 2004, NEH grants funded to Bartlesville art programming have totaled around $56,500. She said the recipients of the grants include Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville Public Library, Oklahoma Mozart International Festival, and Friends of Frank Phillips Home.

Many of the grant projects were museum exhibits, lectures, reading and discussion programs, and first-person historical portrayals. NEH has also helped fund programs from the surrounding areas.

She said the economic impact of the NEH in Oklahoma is clear with, on average, for each federal grant dollar provided, five dollars are raised by the communities.

“This shows the power of the federal/state partnership intrinsic to the NEH’s mission. There is no doubt that without the federal funds as a leveraging tool for local support, many of these projects would not be able to take place,” said Thompson.

As a state agency, the Oklahoma Arts Council cannot advocate for its own survival, but Gavin said it does have a mandate to educate and inform people regarding its impact and the impact of NEA funding in Oklahoma.

Posted: April 24, 2017 9 questions for Martha Nussbaum
Vox Media, Inc

How do people form opinions? How do they reason their way through the world? What influences them? 9 Questions is an ongoing series that explores the intellectual habits of the most interesting thinkers in the world.

This week, Martha Nussbaum — philosopher, author, and professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago — answers our questions.

Posted: April 24, 2017 CBS Defends NEA: ‘Art Needs Subsidy to Be Alive,’ Not the Marketplace
MRC Newsbusters

CBS’s Sunday Morning: In the segment narrated by Erin Moriarty, she complained that “Last month, the Trump Administration unveiled a proposed budget that defunds the National Endowment for the Art, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

Posted: April 24, 2017 The local ripple: How Trump’s spartan budget could hit Nevada communities
Las Vegas Sun

In late March, the National Governors Association sent a letter to congressional leadership urging “meaningful consultation with states when considering any reduction or elimination of federal funding that will shift costs to states.” Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the letter as NGA’s vice chair.

The Trump administration has proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, programs that provide large grants to the Nevada Arts Council and Nevada Public Radio. It would slash Community Development Block Grants and a wastewater disposal fund for rural areas. Trump’s budget also would reduce funding for PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes), which reimburses counties that forgo property tax on parcels owned by the federal government. This is an especially important tool for states in the West, where nearly half of the land is federally owned (in Nevada, it’s 85 percent).

Lyon County received about $2 million in PILT funding last year, and the county has seen the federal government adjust payments in the past. “We never put that $2 million in our operating budget, mainly because politicians do this (stuff) all the time,” Page said. But he said losing it would still be a “big deal” because it helps the growing county keep up with capital improvements.

Posted: April 24, 2017 March for Science draws thousands
Yale News

In a Friday email to the Yale community, University President Peter Salovey said that Yale will continue to fight for “federal funding that advances our national and human interests,” specifically addressing Trump’s proposed cuts to student aid, the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities that will take effect in 2018.