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Posted: January 23, 2018 Three faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis have won prestigious research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities
The Source, Washington Univerity News

Three faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis have won prestigious research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Tili Boon Cuillé, associate professor of French and of comparative literature in Arts & Sciences, will receive $50,400 to support “Divining Nature: Aesthetics of Enchantment in Enlightenment France.” The book will explore important innovations in 18th-century opera, poetry and visual art in order to demonstrate the deep continuities — and to challenge conventional wisdom about the supposed rifts — between Enlightenment art, religion and science.

Lerone A. Martin, associate professor in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and in Arts & Sciences, will receive $50,400 to support “J. Edgar Hoover’s Stained Glass Window: The FBI, Religion, and National Security in American History, 1935–72”. Currently under contract to Princeton University Press, the book will investigate the complex relationship between religious institutions and the FBI under Hoover’s directorship.

Angela Miller, professor of art history and archaeology in Arts & Sciences, will receive $50,400 to support “Countermoderns: Reason and Magic in the Artistic and Literary Circle of Lincoln Kirstein.” A founder of the New York City Ballet, Kirstein was an important cultural force in mid-20th century Manhattan, championing gay and bisexual artists such as Paul Cadmus, Jared French and George Tooker. Miller’s study of their intertwined lives and works explores an art world contemporaneous with, yet markedly different from, that of Abstract Expressionism.

Posted: January 23, 2018 CCBC hosts ribbon cutting to celebrate historic mansion's new life
The Baltimore Sun

The Hilton Mansion was built between 1828 and 1835, according to a CCBC history pamphlet. It took its current form after George Knapp, director of the National Enameling and Stamping Co., purchased it in 1917 and hired Baltimore architect Edward Palmer to renovate it in the Georgian Revival style. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Funding for the project came from state and local government grants as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities and private donors.

Posted: January 23, 2018 With renewed vigor, UCLA’S William Andrews Clark Memorial Library reopens
UCLA Press

“Every time someone comes to the Clark, they fall in love with it and feel its magic.”  That was the case for Anna Chen, who joined the Clark in August as new head librarian and has been immersing herself in the history and collections of the Clark since her arrival.

“There is something here for everyone, whether you are interested in music, dance, astronomy — owls,” she said. “There are a lot of owls at the Clark.”

Chen said she was eager to meet members of the community, donors, students and scholars at the grand reopening. She recalled recently opening the pages of an 18th-century journal, finding a mirror pasted there. Looking at her own image staring back at her from the pages of the past was a reflective experience, she said.

“Books can connect the past to the present,” she told the gathered crowd. “But books are incomplete without human interaction. We are rethinking the way the library works, who we are, what our purpose is and who our collections are for.”

Chen and Deutsch, along with head of research services Philip Palmer and manuscripts and archives librarian Rebecca Fenning Marschall, are also keen to expand the Clark’s digitization and digital humanities efforts. A recent grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities provided $261,000 to produce digital facsimiles of 279 annotated volumes from the hand-press era (ca. 1455–1830) and make them freely available online.

Posted: January 23, 2018 Native American Language-Immersion Grants

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today launched a request for proposals (RFP) process for its newest effort, the Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII). First Nations will award about 12 grants of up to $90,000 each to build the capacity of and directly support Native language-immersion and culture-retention programs.

This RFP is for the first year of this three-year initiative. Similar RFPs will be conducted in each of the next two years. Under NLII, First Nations is seeking to build a dialogue and a community of practice around Native language-immersion programs and consensus on and momentum for Native language programs. The effort is made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lannan Foundation, Kalliopeia Foundation and the NoVo Foundation (see earlier funding announcement here). The initiative includes American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian language programs.

Posted: January 19, 2018 University faculty members receive humanities fellowships
The Daily Illini

The 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships have been awarded to six University faculty members to support their authoring of books on a variety of topics.

This year’s recipients include Craig Williams, D Fairchild Ruggles, Paul Kapp, Donna Buchanan, Elizabeth Hoiem and Candice Jenkins.

The NEH is an independent federal agency, and is one of the nation’s top sources for funding the humanities. This year, the NEH awarded $12.8 million in grants for a total of 253 fellowships.

According to theNEH website, the grant awards “support preservation and collections at small institutions, innovative digital projects for the public, and advanced humanities research.”

This fellowship is one of the most competitive humanities awards, with an average of 80 fellowships being awarded out to an average of 1,210 applicants according to the NEH’s data over the past five years.

“I knew that NEH fellowships provide excellent support for humanists who are writing books, but they are also very competitive,” Hoiem wrote in an email. “Working with my peers, I learned about all of the amazing projects pursued by humanists here at Illinois.”

Posted: January 19, 2018 Cornell's Professor Stewart receives NEH grant
Lisbon Sun

Cornell College professor of history Catherine Stewart is one of only three Iowa scholars to receive a highly competitive grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Posted: January 19, 2018 Holocaust Museum Wins Preservation Grant
New City Patch

The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education is proud to announce that it was awarded a generous grant to aid in the preservation of its Holocaust-era artifacts. This prestigious award from the National Endowment of the Humanities comes to the Museum at a critical time in its reconstruction. Since the Museum's founding in 1984, it has amassed a rich collection of more than 1,500 artifacts from local Holocaust survivors. Now, as the Museum undergoes renovations in its new space at Rockland Community College, this grant will provide a preservation assessment of our artifacts so that generations to come can bear witness to this history.

Museum President and Holocaust Survivor Paul Galan proclaimed, "This award from the National Endowment for the Humanities is an honor of the highest caliber for the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education. It is recognition of the work that the Museum performs in educating our community on the significance of tolerance and acceptance of one another as human beings, regardless of religious beliefs, race or cultural differences."

Posted: January 18, 2018 University of Arkansas Recognizes Faculty-in-Residence, Lissette Lopez Szwydky-Davis
University of Arkansas News

Szwydky-Davis and Sean Connors, a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, were recently awarded a $173,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Szwydky-Davis and Connors will use it for a two-week summer institute at the University of Arkansas this summer. The institute, titled "Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences," is aimed at kindergarten through high schools teachers interested in learning to teach and adapt classical texts for students of today.

University Housing staff congratulate her on this wonderful honor and are happy to work alongside her to enhance the educational experiences of our undergraduate students.

Posted: January 17, 2018 Tuskegee University will introduce an African-American studies minor this fall.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education,

Tuskegee University will introduce an African-American studies minor this fall.

The new program will be a collaboration between the university’s Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science and the Department of History and Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. Funded by a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Alabama HBCU to develop curriculum and faculty, the program will bridge disciplinary boundaries between the humanities and architecture.

“The integration of architecture, arts and humanities offerings is important because it aims to enhance exploring ways of thinking, researching, and writing about the diverse experiences of African-Americans and human culture in the South,” said Dr. Carla Jackson Bell, the Tuskegee dean who spearheaded creation of the minor. “It is also important to provide a more focused historical perspective for students’ current educational and professional trajectories.”

Posted: January 17, 2018 Michigan Humanities announces grant funding opportunity
Hometown Life, Michigan News

The Michigan Humanities Council has announced that it is now accepting applications for the Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan program, an initiative made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Third Coast Conversation grants will support a series of statewide public conversations taking place in 20 communities over two years that focus on the cultural, social, historical and environmental factors that connect Michigan’s people to their water. The project will be led by the Michigan Humanities Council in collaboration with its network of partner organizations across the state. Grant awards may range up to $5,000 and no cost share is required.