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Posted: April 14, 2017 We all benefit from entities funded by NEA, NEH
Daily Messenger

Sonnenberg Gardens. Wood Library. The Ontario County Historical Museum.

A list of some of Canandaigua’s central, iconic entities? Yes. And also a list of local entities that rely in part on federal funding through the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities to carry out their missions. Their tasks will be considerably more difficult if President Trump’s proposed federal budget is approved as it stands, with its elimination of the NEA and NEH, and subsequently such programs as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

That was the message conveyed in U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s recent appearance at the county Historical Museum on Canandaigua’s North Main Street — which relies on such funding to survive, its executive director says. At that Monday appearance, the senator promised to fight to keep those agencies and their funding in place.

“We should never allow these programs to be cut, and I will continue to do everything in my power to stand up for communities that don’t have a lot of resources and rely on these programs,” Gillibrand said. She also noted that NEA and NEH programs account for about 3 million jobs — that’s 3 million employed Americans.

Posted: April 14, 2017 Marco Island Historical Society receives NEH grant
Marco Eagle

When Austin Bell received a phone call from a Washington, D.C., area code on Dec. 6, he thought about ignoring it. He was literally in the middle of installing the Marco Island Historical Museum’s new Pioneer Era exhibit and wasn’t expecting any calls, but something told him to answer.  “I thought it was probably another robo-caller,” Bell, Curator of Collections for the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) said, “but I just had a feeling that it was important.”

Instead of hearing a pre-recorded sales pitch, Bell was politely greeted by the office of United States Representative Curt Clawson, who offered early congratulations to the MIHS for being named the recipient of a preservation assistance grant for smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The NEH grant award of $6,000 will go toward “the rehabilitation of archaeological materials from Marco Island, Florida.” The funds will be used to purchase necessary supplies, such as acid-free boxes, archival bags, and artifact labeling materials. Bell, who authored the grant request in May 2016 and is the project director, is basing his approach on methods learned while at the Florida Museum of Natural History, where he participated in a similar (albeit larger-scale) NEH-funded project for several years.

Posted: April 14, 2017 Teukolsky awarded NEH funding for Victorian ‘new media’ research
Vanderbilt University News

Rachel Teukolsky, an associate professor of English whose research bridges Victorian literature and the visual arts, has received a Summer Stipends award from the Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for her current book project.

Teukolsky will travel to London to conduct research at the British Film Institute and the Imperial War Museum for her upcoming book, Picture World: The Aesthetic Life of Images in Britain’s Machine Age.

Posted: April 14, 2017 Blasing Awarded NEH Summer Stipend
University of Kentucky News

Molly T. Blasing, assistant professor of Russian studies in the University of Kentucky Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures, has been awarded a 2017 NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Stipend, one of only two conferred this year in Kentucky.

She will use the funding to complete research on a final chapter of her book, “Snapshots of the Soul: Photo-Poetic Encounters in Modern Russian Culture.”

Blasing's project examines the relationship between photographic seeing and poetic creation in Russia and the Soviet Union. The book represents an interdisciplinary approach to modern literary studies, visual culture and the social history of technology.

Posted: April 14, 2017 Bentley Professor Awarded NEH Grant to Study Women Doctors of the 1800s
The Bentley University Newsroom

Bentley Professor of English and Media Studies Gesa Kirsch has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend grant to study the Woman’s Medical Journal, which circulated nationwide from 1893 to 1952, along with the network of women doctors that it helped foster.

Kirsch’s work this summer will focus on the “rhetorical strategies, professional networks and intellectual leadership” of a group of late 19th century women physicians, using case studies of these women and analysis of the Woman’s Medical Journal. Kirsch will examine the ways these women physicians mentored each other in a culture that was sometimes openly hostile to their professional aspirations.

Posted: April 14, 2017 Professor receives NEH summer stipend to study skeletal remains in Italy
UWF Newsroom

Dr. Kristina Killgrove, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida, received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study skeletal remains of victims of the 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius volcano eruption.

The NEH awards only about 80 of the prestigious stipends to recipients annually across the country.

The $6,000 stipend will allow Killgrove to analyze 54 skeletons this summer at Oplontis, a villa located in southern Italy near the ancient city of Pompeii that was buried in ash from the volcano. While the destruction of Pompeii is well studied, not as much is known about the associated villas that were also destroyed by the eruption.

“This huge villa included essentially an Olympic-size swimming pool,” Killgrove said. “The skeletons were found in an associated building that seems to have been a sort of merchant-type area. They seem to have been an import-export wine business.”

Killgrove will perform research at the ancient site for six weeks. She will create 3-D models of the partially excavated remains and an osteological analysis of all 54 skeletons, which were discovered between 1984 and 1991.

Posted: April 14, 2017 CAA Members Win NEH Summer Stipends
College Art Association News

Among the recipients are the following CAA members, all of whom received Summer Stipends to work on their various research projects:

  • Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire of the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library in Winterthur, Delaware, for “Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopedia and the Color Printing Revolution: A Translation and Critical Study”
  • Jennifer Germann of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, for “A Study of the Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, an 18th-century British Artwork”
  • Laura Morowitz of Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, for “Art Exhibitions in Vienna, Austria, during the Nazi Occupation”
  • Allie Terry-Fritsch from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, for “Cosimo de’Medici, Fra Angelico, and the Public Library of San Marco”
  • Anne Verplanck of Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg for “The Business of Art: Transforming the Graphic Arts in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

These awards come just weeks after President Donald J. Trump’s administration released a budget proposal calling for the elimination of the NEH, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s international education programs, the Institute for Museums and Library Services, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Our attention now turns to Congress, which can fund these programs despite the administration’s proposals. We have been heartened that these programs—which have been supported by presidents of both parties—have seen growing support in Congress in recent years. Indeed, over the past two years, the Republican-controlled Congresses have supported increases for the NEH.

Posted: April 13, 2017 Federal budget cuts reach Mobile, AL
Lagniappe Weekly News, Mobile, AL / 4/13

ASCA Director Al Head is also on the board for the Alabama Humanities Foundation and fears it would be hit even harder with the NEH zeroed out. He estimated 80 percent of its budget relies on NEH funding.  “They fund everything from films to Museum on Main Street to lectures and programs for teachers and students. If NEH were to be abolished it would be hard for the Alabama Humanities Foundation to survive,” Head said.

Posted: April 13, 2017 RBBA President’s Message: Congress needs to keep funding Legal Service Corporation
The Daily Record

Duwaine T. Bascoe, Esq., is president of the Rochester Black Bar Association - When I look at these dangerous disparities I’m reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he stated, “A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies. … A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Posted: April 13, 2017 SUNY Poly given National Endowment for the Humanities award
Observer-Dispatch

SUNY Polytechnic Institute has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to receive nearly $100,000 in funding to re-imagine the spirit and strategy of entrepreneurship in an interdisciplinary way by uniting it with the creative thinking of the humanities, resulting in new opportunities for students, veterans, start-ups, and further enhancing the economic vitality of the community as a whole.

“This highly competitive award is tremendous evidence of our outstanding faculty’s dedication and commitment to finding new solutions to the challenges our region and the world face,” said Bahgat Sammakia, Interim President of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. “The funding from this grant recognizes the critical role that interdisciplinary collaboration between the humanities and business plays in our local, regional, and global economy, and SUNY Poly is proud to lead the way.”