NEH in the News
“American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood” – supported by NEH and the first major show devoted to Benton in 25 years – opens at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts this month, providing a view of the artist’s ambivalent, conflicted relationship with the rise of film and the commercialization of mass culture in the interwar period, from the Boston Globe.
Gretchen Dabbs, bio-archaeologist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has won a $253,817 NEH grant for her research project excavating the former Egyptian imperial city of Amarna/Aketaten under the work title “Death and the City: Toward an Integrated Narrative of Life and Death in Ancient Egypt," from SIU News.
The University of Minnesota has won a $100,000 NEH grant to create a digitized online catalog of the archives of the Guthrie Theater, including set designs and script notes from staged productions, from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The Mendocino Museum in Willits, California has received an NEH grant to host “Uncivil Homefront: Mendocino County During the Civil War” through June 21, featuring Lincoln re-enactors, photos, exhibits, and background on local aspects of the conflict, from the Ukiah Daily Journal.
Chairman Adams argues that If America’s future democracy is to thrive, then colleges – especially community colleges that serve an increasingly diverse young population – cannot just be seen as “workforce pipelines.” They must also be understood to be institutions that can create more knowledgeable citizens with both the technical and civic skills necessary for an increasingly complex economy and interconnected world, from the Detroit News.
Thanks to NEH funding, ten students in a Maine history class have created a web exhibit and a living history reenactment focused on the Washburn family, a local political dynasty whose intersections with the Civil War provided the students a deeper look into the conflict and US society in the 19th century, from The Sun Journal.
Jeremy Hyman, a Department of Philosophy lecturer at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded an NEH summer stipend award to work on his book on Descartes’ view on materialism and will further participate in an NEH summer institute that integrates teaching on Ockham and Scotus into a larger survey of pre-modern philosophy, from the University of Arkansas News.
In an op-ed, Chairman Adams discusses the progress of two recent Standing Together programs in Indiana and argues that helping veterans and citizens explore the connections between war, politics, culture, religion, civics, and history can heal people who have served and provide perspective and learning opportunities for all Americans, from the Indianapolis Star.