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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: May 4, 2018 University of Northern Iowa professor awarded an NEH grant
The Courier

Jolene Zigarovich, associate professor of languages and literatures at the University of Northern Iowa, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for her work on the 18th-century British novel that will focus on the historical facts concerning funerary practices in Britain and the culture’s overall relationship with mortality.

Zigarovich’s project title is “Death and Corpses in the 18th-Century British Novel,” and her award amount is $6,000.

With her NEH stipend, Zigarovich plans to consult sources and mourning objects (clothing, jewelry, relics) at the British Museum, the British Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. She will also consult lectures and medical treatises as well as numerous preserved curiosities, images of which she plans to include in her book. The NEH stipend is in support of her book project “Preserving Clarissa, and other Morbid Curiosities in the Eighteenth-Century British Novel,” which discusses several works, including Samuel Richardson’s “Clarissa,” Ann Radcliffe’s “The Mysteries of Udolpho” and Laurence Sterne’s “Tristram Shandy.”

Posted: May 4, 2018 Carol M. Swain, Ph.D. announces Mayoral bid

Carol M. Swain, is  running for Mayor of Nashville.  President Bush appointed Dr. Swain to a 6-year term on the National Endowment for the Humanities Advisory Board.

Posted: May 4, 2018 UC San Diego Professor Wins 2018 China Residency Exchange Fellowship

University of California San Diego professor Natalia Molina has been awarded the 2018 China Residency at Wuhan University by the Organization of American Historians. Given in partnership with the American History Research Association of China, the residency will see Molina present a summer seminar on race and politics in the context of the United States.

Molina is a leading expert on the intersections of race, culture, immigration and citizenship whose research on Mexican American history, Chinese immigrants and Japanese immigrants explores the racial politics of U.S. history.

“Natalia’s research offers insight into how people in society interact with each other today, deeply rooted in a long history of race and cultural identity,” said Department of History chair Pamela Radcliff. “Her lessons and methods are applicable across all borders, and the summer seminar participants will benefit greatly from her participation.”

Among many honors, Molina received a Distinguished Teaching Award from UC San Diego in 2014 and is the 2017 – 2018 Public Scholar Award winner from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: May 3, 2018 Rep. Smith announces Middletown and Manalapan Libraries Selected for National Program

Two libraries in Congressman Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) Fourth Congressional District were selected to participate in a national educational project “Revisiting the Founding Era,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

“I am pleased to announce that Monmouth County Library and Middletown Township Public Library will participate in this special project to look more closely at the founding of this country,” Rep. Smith stated. “They will be able to lead and focus their communities on subjects of immense value to our national heritage.”

Posted: May 3, 2018 St. Michael’s English teacher awarded National Endowment of Humanities grant
Community Impact News, Austin

Paula Priour, a faculty member at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy for 28 years, was awarded a Summer Institute grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She will visit Pacific Grove, California and participate in the Steinbeck Institute for three weeks this July.

“I’m teaching [John] Steinbeck’s ‘Cannery Row’ right now,” Priour said in a news release. “It’s maybe my favorite book of the year’s curriculum, so you can imagine my excitement.”

The institute will explore Steinbeck’s intersecting visions and consider why his work deserves complex consideration in ways that are not usually taught.

Posted: May 2, 2018 Salem museum lands $200K NEH grant

Congressman Seth Moulton, D-Salem. announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Peabody Essex Museum.

“I am proud to announce that the Peabody Essex Museum will be receiving a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH),” said Moulton. “The Peabody Essex Museum is a cultural staple of our community. With this grant, the Peabody Essex Museum can continue to educate, enrich, and bring us together through art. I congratulate them on winning this competitive grant and look forward to their continued commitment to making better the cultural fabric of the Sixth District.”

NEH grants are “highly competitive and involve a rigorous peer-review process to ensure that the projects represent the highest level of humanities quality and public engagement.” The money will cover the cost to implement the “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City” exhibition.

“We would like to thank the NEH for this generous grant, which will support the important international exhibition ‘Empresses of China’s Forbidden City,’ featuring nearly 200 spectacular works of art from the Palace Museum, Beijing, including rare objects never before publicly displayed,” said PEM’s Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and Chief Executive Officer Dan Monroe.“The museum is proud to be able to produce high-quality exhibitions and programming for our community.”

Posted: May 2, 2018 Doane University has recently received a new award from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Doane University Press

Doane University has recently received new awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Association (NASPA), providing students with additional learning opportunities in the future.

Doane has been awarded an NEH Humanities Connections Planning Grant, which will provide $35,000 in funding to support the development of a new Emphasis in Integrated Humanities Program (EIHP) that complements the broad foundation of the undergraduate curriculum, known as the Doane Core Connections. Faculty from English, biology, and psychology will develop a pilot program for students majoring in biology or psychology.

As Katy Hanggi, assistant professor of English explains, the goal of the EIHP is to create a series of courses on complex, multidisciplinary topics that are linked in intentional ways to help students deepen their understanding of the challenges facing the world from multiple perspectives.

“One of the great requirements of this grant is that we design the program with experiential learning as a central component,” Hanggi said. “These kinds of learning experiences better prepare students for graduate school and for careers where they engage with diverse groups of individuals.”

Posted: May 1, 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu to Step Down in June

Jane Chu, the eleventh chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, announced that she will step down after four years at the helm of the federal agency. Chu, a musician with degrees in piano, business, and philanthropy, was the chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, before former president Barack Obama nominated her for the position.

“I am so appreciative of having had this opportunity,” Chu said in a statement. “The National Endowment for the Arts is doing effective and meaningful work to help the arts thrive and connect to individuals and in communities large and small, densely populated, rural, and remote in all fifty states, US territories, and in every Congressional District.”

Posted: May 1, 2018 Three faculty members awarded NEH support
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Chronicles

Three Franklin College faculty members have been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The awards, announced April 9, are among $18.6 million in NEH grants for 199 humanities projects across the country:

Professor of Spanish Elizabeth Wright and associate professor of French Rachel Gabara of the Romance languages department were awarded $6,000 each for summer stipends, highly competitive grants that provide full-time support for work by a scholar on a humanities project for two months.

Richard B. Russell Professor in American History Claudio Saunt was awarded $185,176 to support completion of “Mapping the People of Early America,” a database and web platform mapping the settlement and movement of African, Native American and European populations in North America between 1500 and 1790.

Posted: April 30, 2018 Preserving Moravian historical records now ensures access in future
The Morning Call

Earlier this month, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced a grant that demonstrates its ongoing commitment to preserving the Lehigh Valley's history and culture.

This grant of $196,000, a sizable amount for the small federal agency, will go to the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem to preserve invaluable Moravian Church documents for generations to come.

This NEH grant — the organization's fourth — recognizes that the Moravian Archives' collection is of both national and international significance. The Moravian Church played a key role in settling the American colonies and the history and culture of the Lehigh Valley: Moravian missionaries founded Bethlehem, Nazareth and other communities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio. Notably, Moravian missionaries sought to understand and document the history and culture of Native American groups in the region.

The archives maintain this history and that of the Moravian Church in the Eastern West Indies, which includes the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its collection is extensive and contains manuscripts, publications and personal writings of deep religious and historical value.

In addition to about 3,500 maps, architectural drawings and other graphic depictions of the early Bethlehem and Moravian Church communities throughout North America, the archives hold the Bethlehem Diary, an account of the city and local congregation's daily life that was maintained from 1742 into the 20th century.