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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
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.”

Posted: May 9, 2017 It appears Trump has saved the NEA for a rainy day
Slipped Disc

Breitbart News, mouthpiece of Trumpworld, reports that the proposed Congressional budget increases the budgets of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, agencies that President Donald Trump planned to eliminate in his own budget proposal this year….

Additionally, the budget proposal would increase the budgets of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities by $2 million each, bringing their respective budgets to $150 million in total.

It looks as if lobbying Congress has saved arts grants, for the time being. But Breitbart suggests this was a compromise that was forced on the White House. Next time round, Trump will want total abolition.

Posted: May 9, 2017 Importance of museums is on exhibit through annual convention in St. Louis
Saint Louis Dispatch

In March, the federal budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year was released. That early version would have entirely eliminated the IMLS and NEA, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Combined, these three agencies cost each U.S. taxpayer approximately $4 per year, but even a small grant from one of these agencies can connect underserved communities with relevant, positive and educational cultural programs.

As St. Louis welcomes museum professionals from all 50 states and abroad this week, we are confronting a reality in which the very existence of our institutions has become, to some extent, politicized. Ongoing threats to eventually eliminate federal funding for arts and humanities, as well as other areas of academic work, will force members of Congress, and by extension their electorate, to answer an uncomfortable question: Will museums continue to serve everyone in the future?

As my colleagues and I spend the time during our meeting exploring ways to further improve diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion within our institutions, we do so with the hope that our mission will continue to find support at all levels of our national community.

Frances Levine, PhD. is president of the Missouri Historical Society

Posted: May 9, 2017 Beyond The NEA budget: The Political Side Of Art

Why is the NEA so significant for these groups?

For one, the endowment helps make up for the geographically disproportionate nature of charitable giving, said Elizabeth Auclair, an NEA spokesperson, in an email. Rural areas receive only 5.5 percent of philanthropic dollars, she explained.

The second reason: Government grants can catalyze private giving by legitimizing a project. “Research shows that even a low level of public funding can stimulate private giving,” wrote Auclair. NEA’s funding must be matched by money from other sources, and “when a nonprofit receives an NEA award, it provides the credibility for other funders to step up.”

Posted: May 5, 2017 College Achievements
E-town, Elizabethtown College News

Alexandria Poole, assistant professor of philosophy, was selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 17 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 faculty members can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Poole will participate in the three-week “City/Nature: Urban Environmental Humanities” at the University of Washington. This is Poole’s second NEH Summer Institute, as she was a 2016 recipient for the “Extending the Land Ethic: Current Humanities Voices and Sustainability” held at Arizona State University.

Posted: May 5, 2017 Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Award for Excellence in Leadership: Marc Forster, Henry B. Plant Professor of History
Connecticut College

Marc Forster is the recipient of the 2017 Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Leadership Award, presented annually to a tenured faculty member whose outstanding service in a leadership role exemplifies the College's commitment to shared governance, democratic process and campus community development. 

Forster, a professor at the College since 1990, is a historian of early modern Germany (1500-1800), with a particular expertise in the development of Catholic identity, primarily in southern and western Germany. He is the author of three books and has been awarded a number of grants and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.