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NEH in the News

Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: April 19, 2017 Serving rural areas, Nevada’s bookmobiles on federal chopping block
Nevada Appeal

Across Nevada, there are three Bookmobiles, delivering library services to some of the most remote places in Elko, Lander, Eureka, Humboldt and Lincoln counties.

They're funded through state grants and federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which President Trump has proposed cutting as part of his budget plan.

President Trump's plan calls for the elimination of the $230 million budget for the Institute of Museum and Library Services along with three other cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Posted: April 18, 2017 WMU theatre faculty member wins NEH grant
Western Michigan University News

Western Michigan University's Dr. Lofton Durham, associate professor of theatre and English, has received a $6,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

His project, "Medieval Theatre at the Center: Jaques Milet's Destruction of Troy and the Making of the French Nation," explores how theatre, both live and in its documentary afterlife, shaped and reflected widely held beliefs about the emergent French nation from the 15th through the 17th centuries. It was one of 208 humanities projects and programs funded by the NEH nationwide and one of just 69 projects in the Summer Stipend category chosen for funding.

Posted: April 18, 2017 NIU professor receives NEH Award to continue her research on Brazil’s economy
Northern Illinois University

Anne Hanley, associate professor of history and interim director of the Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development (NGOLD), has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award to continue her research on how the first census and the adoption of the metric system affected Brazil’s economy.

 “This project opens an investigation into the history of Brazil’s domestic economy, where most Brazilians lived and worked, and where government initiatives had the greatest potential to affect their quality of life and standard of living,” she explained.

Posted: April 18, 2017 NEA and NEH Cuts Would Have Profound Impact Universities Nationwide
Arts & Education News

The Daily Pennsylvanian, the University of Pennsylvania’s student newspaper, Olivia Sylvester reports on the programs and initiatives at the university that would be threatened by the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. The use of NEH and NEA funding to support higher education initiatives is not unique to the University of Pennsylvania; in March 2016, the NEH provided funding to universities in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

Since 1977, University of Pennsylvanua professors, researchers, and librarians have received more than $23 million, including $50,400 in 2016. According to Penn Humanities Forum director and English professor Jim English, NEH grants support “fairly long-term, multi-year, [and] not very glamorous projects” that would not attract the same kind of private funding.

Posted: April 18, 2017 For the good of Kentucky, keep NEH and IMLS funding
Grayson County News-Gazette

Those of us who work in museums and history organizations commonly hear “if only.”

“If only I’d interviewed my grandfather about his World War II experiences.” “If only I’d saved those letters written by my great-grandmother.” “If only that cemetery had been preserved.”  Once these stories and places are lost, they are gone forever. However, there are organizations working to protect our past so that we can better understand the present.

This May, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County are co-sponsoring an event to digitize letters, diaries, photographs and artifacts related to Christian County’s African American and Jewish history. In addition to sparking conversations about race relations, this project will help both institutions tell a broader story.

This project is happening thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent federal agency that supports history, literacy and civic engagement projects across the United States.

Although NEH funds have preserved our state history and positively affected the education of many Kentuckians, there are now plans to eliminate funding for the NEH and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which also aids museums, libraries and local history organizations.

Between 2008 and 2012, Kentucky institutions received $5.9 million in NEH grants. These grants funded teacher training, traveling exhibits, school programs, adult educational services, digital humanities projects and more. From 2014-2016, four Kentucky museums received $226,000 in NEH funds.

As an example of how important these funds can be, one past NEH grant was used to assess artifacts at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville. For museums, accessible collections provide better on-site experiences, leading to more visitation, greater tourism and, ultimately, a stronger economic impact. NEH funds help make that possible

Posted: April 18, 2017 Save the National Endowment for the Humanities
Montgomery Advertiser

Here in Alabama we care deeply about our heritage. We celebrate our culture, and we know that to be worthy of our future we must honor the best of our past. This is why it troubles us that the National Endowment for the Humanities has been slated for elimination.

The NEH, which supports museums, archives, libraries, colleges, and universities, favors projects that reach the widest possible public for widest possible impact. For example, NEH funding has supported scholars across the country in putting presidential papers on-line. Thanks to NEH, educators here in Mobile and throughout Alabama can share with our students material that was once packed away in dusty boxes, accessible only to experts.

In addition to preserving our American heritage, the NEH helps expand our knowledge of regions of the world vital to U.S. interests. For example, University of South Alabama scholars with the Center for the Study of War and Memory have asked the NEH to fund a project to translate and publish key documents of Russian military history that give Americans and policy makers critical context for understanding Russian military thinking today.

Some have asked, “Why should the American people pay for the NEH?” We would answer that we have a duty to the past to preserve our heritage and a duty to the future to teach our children about our history and culture. Moreover, it is in our interest today to understand other world cultures in order to make informed global policy decisions.

Posted: April 17, 2017 Breaking Down the Budget: NEA, NEH eyed for elimination
The Mining Journal

Trump's blueprint includes sweeping cuts to several departments, including the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the total elimination of 19 independent agencies including the the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Director Nheena Ittner from the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum:  “We need to voice our opinions,” Ittner said. “You can’t complain about something you didn’t fight for. We need to fight for the things we believe in.”

Posted: April 17, 2017 Local colleges wary of Trump's budget proposal
Cleveland Business

President Donald Trump's recent budget proposal calls for sweeping cuts in most non-defense or homeland security-related departments or agencies, which could pose serious challenges for Ohio's colleges and universities.

Posted: April 17, 2017 What could Penn lose under Trump's proposal to cut the National Endowment for the Humanities?
The Daily Pennsylvanian

With so much at stake, professors and administrators have been working to advocate against these potential budget cuts.

Religious Studies professor Steven Weitzman recently co-wrote a faculty petition denouncing Trump’s proposed budget signed by 191 Penn faculty from various departments. He said that the loss in funding would be a “real blow to the humanities at Penn and to the larger community that Penn serves.”

Posted: April 17, 2017 Young men of history
The Sun Chronicle

George Santayana said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

But Mansfield High School senior Ian Kavanaugh and three fellow students are learning that mastering the lessons of the past can sometimes reap rewards. Kavanagh, president of the school's history club, took second place in the Massachusetts History Day competition recently, earning the right to compete in the national finals next month in Maryland.

This is the second time a Mansfield High student has reached the National History Day finals. More than 600,000 students from around the world participated in this year's contest based on the theme "Taking a Stand in History."  All four Mansfield students delivered on that theme through a documentary film, performance and original website describing the impact of historical figures who stood their ground in war and peace.

The national competition will take place June 11-15 at the University of Maryland in College Park.  First-place entries in the junior and senior division's five categories of documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, and website are given the title, "National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar" and receive a $1,000 award.