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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.”

Posted: April 26, 2017 Marshall Library could see cuts
The Deming Headlight

Libraries around the country are bracing for the possible elimination of federal funding if Congress follows a budget proposal from the Trump Administration that would cut the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS provides federal funding to libraries and museums all over the United States.

The federal budget proposal, presented by the Office of Management and Budget in March, calls for $971 million in cuts to arts and cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

For Deming’s Marshall Memorial Library, the cuts would mean a reduction in programs available to patrons as well as training available for library staff.

Posted: April 26, 2017 Trump's first 100 days: A crash course in 'creative destruction'
Fox News

“Creative destruction” is the term MIT economist Joseph Schumpeter used to describe the capitalist process where business constantly seeks product and process upgrades that result in the development of new and improved ways of doing things and new products that drive out the old and outdated ones.

Posted: April 26, 2017 In D.C., Faust Calls for Government Backing of Universities
The Harvard Crimson

The budget blueprint President Donald Trump proposed in March would cut funding for the National Institute of Health by roughly 20 percent and the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent, in addition to completely eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Harvard’s administrators and faculty have decried the cuts as potentially “devastating.”

Research funding cuts featured prominently in the AAU spring meeting Faust attended on Monday. After that meeting, the AAU released a statement on behalf of the presidents and chancellors of its member universities that issued a dire warning to lawmakers about the impact of the cuts.

“This would cripple our ability to do our part in generating economic growth and providing more jobs for Americans,” the statement reads. “If these cuts are enacted, the partnership that has been reinforced through both Republican and Democratic administrations over the past 70 years could literally collapse.”

Posted: April 26, 2017 Hamilton College professor collects stories from prisoners, officers
Observer-Dispatch

Hamilton College professor Doran Larson has become a collector of stories that he hopes will some day influence public policy decisions about a place few know much about — prison.

Larson, the Walcott-Bartlett professor of literature and creative writing, has received a $262,000 National Endowment for the Humanities award for his American Prison Writing Archive project, which is putting stories written by prison inmates and staff into a searchable database.

So far the archive has collected 1,200 essays – 854 of them online so far – from all over the country with one surprising thing in common: “They all read as though they were from exactly the same place,” Larson said.

By collecting stories from prisons, Larson hopes to give voice to people who often haven’t been heard by the rest of society. So far, most of the stories have come from inmates, but he’s hoping the grant will help him solicit more work from prison employees, as well as improve the technical structure of the archive and publicize it better.

Posted: April 25, 2017 Region considers consequences of arts funding cuts
Monadnock Ledger

When the White House issued its first proposed budget of the new administration in March, among the lines decreases from previous years were the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Both had been cut from $148 million, to $0.

The Monadnock Region is known for its arts and culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts is not a small reason why. In 2016, over $70,000 of federal funds went straight into the 16 towns of the Ledger-Transcript coverage area. That does not include the state arts funding coming to the region, and private fundraising inspired by federal support.

“It would be devastating for us, and devastating I think for the field,” Ginnie Lupi, director of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, said. “It’s a scary time.”

She said this state is unique in that most of its grant money comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, NEA, and a smaller percentage comes from the state. That money is granted from the NEA to the New Hampshire Council, which then distributes grants to local people and institutions.

The council will receive $719,400 from the NEA in 2017, good for about 70 percent of its budget, according to Lupi. This is in part, she said, because the NEA favors communities like New Hampshire.

Posted: April 25, 2017 Don't know much about history?
Green Bay Press Gazette

Nationally, the humanities are under attack. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget eliminates all funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, which since 1965 has been vital to the advancement of humanities research and teaching in American universities, schools, and public spaces.

Further, much of what we hear about higher education these days, particularly in Wisconsin, is that public universities should increasingly serve the narrow interests of employers and they aren’t worth paying for if they don’t.

However, the White House inadvertently highlighted the dire national need for education in the humanities. Speaking on behalf of the president, spokesman Sean Spicer declared that “Hitler … didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

This claim is objectively untrue: Adolf Hitler deployed as weapons two chemical compounds: carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide (in Zyklon B). With these weapons, the Nazis murdered millions of innocent Europeans (including Jews, Poles, Roma, and LGBT people) in extermination camps.

When confronted with the fact that his statement was factually untrue and demonstrative of either ignorance of key events in history or deliberate falsehood, Spicer apologized for being “insensitive.” Yet he did not acknowledge that the statement was untrue.

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

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.