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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: May 1, 2017 Omnibus Bill: More Money for NIH, NEA, NEH; Public Broadcasting Not Defunded

In newly drafted, bipartisan legislation intended to fund the rest of Fiscal 2017, those programs are not cut at all; in fact, some of those agencies will get even more money, as follows:

National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities (NEA/NEH): The bill includes $150 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $150 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities -- $2 million above the fiscal year 2016 level.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said there’s a lot for conservatives to dislike in the omnibus spending bill. “I don’t think I’ll be voting for it. I think there’ll be a lot of conservatives who have problems with the legislation,” he said.

Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told CNN on Monday, “it’s just fact” that government shutdowns are “always caused by Republicans,” and that explains why Democrats got so much of what they wanted in the Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus spending bill.

Posted: May 1, 2017 Congress Reaches Spending Deal; 'Skinny Budget' Goes Out the Window

Take Big Bird off the altar; they're not going to sacrifice him after all. (*) Congress has reached a deal to keep the government funded til September and, as usual, the GOP's talk about defunding public radio and TV has turned out to be an empty threat. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting isn't being zeroed out. In fact, the bill will fund it at the same level as last year.

The National Endowment for the Arts? It'll get more this year than last. The National Endowment for the Humanities? Same. The Environmental Protection Agency is getting less money, but not the 31 percent cut proposed in the administration's so-called "skinny budget"; instead it's losing just 1 percent. And no, Planned Parenthood isn't getting defunded.

I highlighted those five items not because they're big parts of the budget—only the EPA really spends that much—but because they're the sorts of red-meat issues that get Republicans and Democrats worked up. If they're basically unchanged, you can be sure that there won't be major reductions in the areas where there's a lot of bipartisan agreement. Sure enough, there will be more money for medical research, for national parks, for NASA, for the DEA, for Homeland Security, and—of course—for the Pentagon. The military won't be getting the $54 billion hike that Trump proposed, but the $25 billion boost that it's getting instead isn't so shabby.

Posted: May 1, 2017 U.S. Spending Deal Jettisons Trump Goals as Conservatives Howl
The Bloomberg /Quint

Congressional leaders released a bipartisan deal on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that largely tracks Democratic priorities and rejects most of President Donald Trump’s wish list, drawing fire from Republicans’ conservative wing.

The compromise measure, announced early Monday morning, would keep the government open through the end of September. Under House procedures, a vote could be held as early as Wednesday.  

"I don’t think I’ll be voting for it," House Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan of Ohio said on CNN. "I think there will be a lot of conservatives who have problems with the legislation." Representative Jeff Duncan of South Carolina accused moderate Republicans of failing to "stand firm" against Democratic priorities.

Although Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress, congressional Democrats had leverage in the talks. Republicans have had to rely on Democratic votes to pass large spending bills in recent years because of opposition by GOP fiscal conservatives in the House and a 60-vote threshold in the Senate.

GOP leaders eager to focus on health-care and tax overhauls bowed to Democratic demands to eliminate hundreds of policy restrictions aimed at curbing regulations, leaving the Trump administration with few victories.

Posted: April 28, 2017 Fulbright Lectureship, NEH Award Will Help Professor Advance Research in Human Rights, Citizenship
Webster University

Webster University faculty member Lindsey Kingston has received a Fulbright Lectureship and a National Endowment for the Humanities award, two prestigious honors that will advance her research in the areas of human rights and citizenship.

Kingston is an associate professor of International Human Rights in the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations, part of the Webster University College of Arts & Sciences, where she also serves as director of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.

Kingston was awarded the 2018 Fulbright Lectureship in International Politics at the University of Milan, Italy. As a Fulbright Scholar, Kingston will conduct research on migration, teach courses on statelessness and social movements, and contribute to the university’s academic community. She will be in residence at l'Università degli Studi di Milano during the Italian spring semester, which is March through June.

Posted: April 28, 2017 Rice’s McDaniel receives NEH grant to support book project on woman who sued former enslaver
Rice University / 4/28

Caleb McDaniel, an associate professor of history in Rice’s School of Humanities, is one of 30 grant recipients nationwide this year in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ program to support well-researched books in the humanities aimed at a broad public audience.

Posted: April 28, 2017 Trump retreat on arts money compounded by state House budget cuts, council says
Gloucester Daily Times

Advocates for public funding of arts programs are painting a dim picture of the House’s annual budget, saying its recommendation of a 13 percent cut in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council will force the council to scale back its work and comes as President Donald Trump is also retreating from the arts.

The budget (H 3600), approved 159-1 on Tuesday night, allocates $12,075,699 to the council, which promotes the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. The council received $14,299,000 this fiscal year and Gov. Charlie Baker in January proposed a budget of $14,307,229 for the council.

“We are deeply disappointed with the budget approved by the House, which calls for a 13 percent cut in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council,” MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson said in a statement. He added, “With the Trump Administration proposing the elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, now is not the time to step back from our commitment to the arts.”

Posted: April 28, 2017 Rose to meet with Congressional leaders amid worries about loss of federal research funding
The Bowdoin Orient

Every year Bowdoin professors and students receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal research funding. However, with a new administration in Washington, the College could soon see some of that funding disappear.

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal combines increased spending on defense with cuts to discretionary spending. Those cuts include $5.8 billion from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

As Congress considers the new budget in the coming weeks, President Clayton Rose plans to meet with Maine’s congressional delegation to discuss the potential changes. Rose declined to comment on when the meetings would occur.

“Issues that I plan to discuss with them on my visit include immigration, Title IX and issues of funding for arts, the humanities and the sciences,” Rose said.

Interim Dean for Academic Affairs Jen Scanlon stressed the importance of the College’s federal funding. Four Bowdoin professors are currently using grants from the NIH and one professor currently receives project funding from the NEH.

Posted: April 26, 2017 An Endless War
The Delta Statesment

Eliminating the NEH and NEA’s combined annual funds approbation of about $300 million would make little difference against $20 trillion, but that the impact of doing so would be devastating.

Among the affected areas would be our own Mississippi Delta, through the Delta Center for Culture and Learning here on campus. Every June and July for the past eight years, the Delta Center has hosted “The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta” workshop to bring seventy-two teachers to the Delta from across the world. The workshop has seen teachers from Brazil, Lesotho, Germany, and Bangladesh, among other places. Once here, the teachers immerse themselves in what Lee Aylward, the Delta Center’s Program Associate for Education and Community Outreach, calls the “Delta Story.”

Posted: April 26, 2017 UNF History Professor Receives Prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
UNF University of North Florida News

Dr. Denise Bossy, a University of North Florida associate professor of history, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support significant research in the humanities and to further her research of the Yamasee Indians, a community that is hardly understood by scholars today.

In its last five rounds, the NEH fellowships program, on average, received over 1,200 applications per year and awarded just 80 fellowships each year—meaning only seven percent of all applicants received NEH funding.                 

“Dr. Bossy’s trail-blazing work explores the history of the Yamasee Indians and the strategies they used to survive amidst European colonialism and American expansion. I’m convinced that she will write an impressive book on the Yamasees, one that will challenge the way we think about this supposedly extinct group of Indians, and the Indians of the Southeast in general,” said Dr. Charles Closmann, chair of the Department of History at UNF.

Posted: April 26, 2017 Middletown library to participate in WWI Digitization Day
Middletown Press News

The year 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the United State’s entry into World War One. In an effort to help preserve this significant part of our history, the Russell Library will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One project to hold a Digitization Day. During the event, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the library will be digitizing old photos, documents, mementos, and other objects related to the war at home and abroad.

On Thursday, April 27, from 3-7 p.m. area residents can bring in their photos, letters and other keepsakes to the Russell Library and have them photographed or scanned by staff.

Denise Russo, Reference Librarian at the Russell Library said, “Artifacts such as letters, photographs, draft cards, dog tags, and discharge papers found in the community have the power to tell stories about the men and women who served in WWI, and will help future generations better understand the sacrifices they made.”