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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: January 30, 2018 NYU's Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
NYU News

The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, has received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that will bolster the Center's mission to provide premier graduate-level training and education for future conservators.

The 2018 grant, Educating Future Preservation Professionals to Steward Humanities Collections, provides financial aid for students and supports adjunct faculty and specialist lecturers. This award will be increased to $100,000 if the Conservation Center can secure $25,000 in private funding.
The Conservation Center trains students in core conservation competencies and, at the same time, responds to emerging needs of the field and incorporates them into a rigorous four-year program.

Posted: January 29, 2018 Former Somerville Librarian Helps Rutgers Digitize Local History

Before retiring last year after 43 years working as a historian and researcher at the Somerville Library, Jim Sommerville had been working for many years with Rutgers University to preserve photographs of local history for submission to the New Jersey Digital Highway.

“We are pleased to announce that SCLSNJ's very first local history collection of digitized photos has been ingested into the New Jersey Digital Highway. The collection, titled ‘Somerville and its Environs: Images from Central Jersey History 1885-1925’ was curated by my former colleague Jim Sommerville. This was an initial test of loading 50 items into the New Jersey Digital Highway, and we will continue to add more from the vast collection that Jim digitized during his time with SCLSNJ,” said Technical Services Manager Rebecca Sandoval Sloat.

“Additionally, due to the System’s recently awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage grant, we will be able to begin collecting memories from all community members across the County,” Sloat added.

The Somerville Library is one of several facilities that operates under the auspices of the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey.

New Jersey Digital Highway is an immersive, user-centered information portal that aims to support the New Jersey learner through a collaboration among cultural heritage institutions that supports preservation of the past, new access strategies for the future, and active engagement with resources at the local and the global level for shared access.

Posted: January 25, 2018 Crucial grant supports health research on Central Texas
The Daily Texan

The National Endowment for the Humanities, NEH, will fund the early stages of an ambitious project documenting the health struggles of Central Texans.

UT’s Humanities Institute, which is dedicated to building community, will lead a team of faculty members on a mission to record how people respond to issues in the health care system. The work, entitled “Communities of Care: Documenting Voices of Healing and Endurance,” will be a multimedia project accessible online. The initiative will show how inhabitants cope with illness and also look at the region’s level of access to health care.

Posted: January 25, 2018 Utah Humanities appoints new executive director
Daily Herald

Utah Humanities recently announced that Jodi Graham will take the helm as executive director, effective March 1. Graham is well-positioned to step into the role, having been associated with Utah Humanities in several capacities for over 14 years. She has most recently served as assistant director and director of UH’s Center for Local Initiatives.

Utah Humanities empowers Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities. UH is funded by gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations and by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Fund, the State of Utah, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Each year, Utah Humanities supports hundreds of educational and cultural programs throughout Utah.

Posted: January 25, 2018 The risks and rewards of art history
Penn State News

When art history doctoral candidate Janet Purdy left a lucrative career as a designer in Chicago to attend graduate school at Penn State and pursue a career researching African art, she knew that she was taking a chance. What she had not anticipated was that while packing for the move, she would uncover old sketchbooks from her undergraduate days filled with drawings of African textiles and patterns that would prove she was making the right decision.

Purdy’s project is part research, archaeology and digital mapping/reproduction, making stylistic and symbolic connections across Indian Ocean trade routes. She is a student of Bill Dewey, associate professor of art history in Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture and director of the African Studies Program in the College of the Liberal Arts. Dewey is also part of a curatorial team that received a $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for a UCLA Fowler Museum exhibition on African blacksmithing.

Posted: January 25, 2018 Smith College Community News
Grécourt Gate

Michael Thurston, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English Language and Literature, has received a $50,400 fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a book-length study of the life and times of American literary critic F.O. Matthiessen.

Posted: January 25, 2018 Texas Woman’s faculty ready to ‘go global’ with national grant
Texas Woman's University Press

As part of an initiative to support and enrich humanities education and scholarship at minority-serving institutions, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently awarded two Texas Woman’s University faculty members a grant to incorporate global perspectives and experiential learning into the university’s undergraduate humanities courses. This highly competitive grant, totaling $99,803, is the first of its kind to be awarded to TWU.

Posted: January 24, 2018 Grant helps Somerset County libraries collect memories from community

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will be collecting, cataloging, and preserving the collective memories of Somerset County residents.

Utilizing a suite of digitization equipment including seven high resolution scanners, a lightbox, a digital single-lens reflex camera, and more; as well as the expertise of SCLSNJ's archival and historical librarians, the Library will be providing residents the
opportunity to both preserve and learn about their own history and that of their neighbors.

Posted: January 24, 2018 NEH Summer Institute: Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West
H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online

"Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West," an NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty, will be held in Boulder City and Las Vegas, Nevada, July 8-20. Over the course of the program we will explore three broad thematic areas that encompass the overarching implications of Hoover Dam’s construction: technology, environment, and human communities. Each of the days will focus on these themes through a purposeful triangulation of topics, people, and physical sites. Scholars from around the U.S. will speak on, and participants will read and discuss, a range of topics related to the dam's international, national, regional, and local impact, focusing on environmental, architectural, social, cultural, labor, women's, Native American, African American, and policy history.

Posted: January 24, 2018 Penn Libraries put Marian Anderson back on the world stage
The Penn Current, University of Pennsylvania News

A new grant will allow the Penn Libraries to digitize portions of its Marian Anderson collection, including 1,200 performance programs, 146 notebooks and diaries, 34 scrapbooks, 34 interview transcriptions, and 277 hours of recordings.

With a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Penn Libraries in 1996 created a finding aid, or guide, to the archival collection. Although most intellectual property rights were transferred to Penn, many commercial recordings and printed materials are still protected by U.S. copyright law, and the librarians must be careful about what they make available through this new project grant, McKnight says.

McKnight, Vick, and Richard Griscom, associate University librarian for collections & liaison services, are the principal investigators on the grant.

The diaries will be of great interest, McKnight speculates, because they detail her thoughts during tours throughout the United States and Europe. Anderson often suffered racial injustices, but was not outspoken about her personal views, and researchers hope to get a deeper insight into her experiences, Vick says.