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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
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.

Posted: May 10, 2017 American Faculty Panel in Leiden Covers U.S. Politics
Webster University News

Several American Webster University faculty members teaching at the Leiden campus shared insights into U.S. politics and the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election during a panel organized by Leiden's International Relations Department and the IR Club.

Among those participating were William Hall, adjunct faculty member, History, Politics and International Relations (HPIR); Lindsey Kingston, associate professor, HPIR, and director of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies; and Leiden-based HPIR faculty members Daniel Russell and Jill Adler.

Lindsey Kingston concluded the panel by discussing the facts around a hot topic surrounding the new administration: refugees and migration. Kingston dispelled many of the falsities proliferated throughout the presidential campaigns about the U.S. being flooded by “dangerous” refugees. She walked the audience through the extreme vetting and cherry-picking that actually occurs in the American resettlement program.

Kingston, who was recently awarded a Fulbright Lectureship and a National Endowment for the Humanities award that will each advance her research in human rights and citizenship, went on to discuss how refugees have actually saved many American communities from economic turmoil, rather than be a burden on the state, which actually offers little support for them.

Posted: May 10, 2017 The American Way Of War Is A Budget-Breaker
Huff Post

When Donald Trump wanted to “do something” about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the U.S. Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield (cost: $89 million). The strike was symbolic at best, as the Assad regime ran bombing missions from the same airfield the very next day, but it did underscore one thing: the immense costs of military action of just about any sort in our era.

While $89 million is a rounding error in the Pentagon’s $600 billion budget, it represents real money for other agencies.  It’s more than twice the $38 million annual budget of the U.S. Institute of Peace and more than half the $149 million budget of the National Endowment of the Arts, both slated for elimination under Trump’s budget blueprint. If the strikes had somehow made us ― or anyone ― safer, perhaps they would have been worth it, but they did not.

In this century of nonstop military conflict, the American public has never fully confronted the immense costs of the wars being waged in its name.  The human costs ― including an estimated 370,000 deaths, more than half of them civilians, and the millions who have been uprooted from their homes and sent into flight, often across national borders ― are surely the most devastating consequences of these conflicts.  But the economic costs of our recent wars should not be ignored, both because they are so massive in their own right and because of the many peaceable opportunities foregone to pay for them.

Posted: May 9, 2017 Professor selected for NEH institute
North Central College News, Naperville, Illinois

Esra Tasdelen, North Central College assistant professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENA), has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar to attend the institute “What Is Gained in Translation? Learning How To Read Translated Literature.” In a highly competitive application process, Tasdelen was chosen to receive NEH funding to attend the institute at Kent State University in June. 

The institute’s curriculum is focused on the study of texts in translation as a way to develop cross-cultural literacy and explore what can be gained by addressing issues of translation in the classroom. The institute will also provide the theoretical models and applications developed in translation studies that will enable participants to exploit translation as a teachable moment.

“With this grant, I will create and present a project that incorporates translation theory and the digital humanities into undergraduate teaching. I will then apply the expertise I’ve gained throughout the institute to develop my courses at North Central,” Tasdelen said. 

Posted: May 9, 2017 Troy High Teacher Named NEH Scholar
Troy Patch

Troy High School teacher Kate Hoin has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Hoin will participate in a summer institute titled, “Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands Narratives about Identity and Binationalism.”