NEH in the News
On September 17, Monticello will host "Memory, Mourning, Mobilization: Legacies of Slavery and Freedom in America," a summit tackling the history of slavery in the US and its impact on race, freedom and equality. The session is part of the four-day long Human/Ties conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NEH, and will feature historians, National Humanities medalists, and cultural figures as panelists.
As the NEH-supported podcast "BackStory with the American History Guys" wraps up an eigth year of production, its hosts -- Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Peter Onuf -- reflect on entering the podcasting world, the complexities of creating the show, and how they choose topics that will attract, engage and inform listeners.
15 students from Sunapee High School in New Hampshire have been announced as the winners of the NEH's Chronicling America Data Challenge's K-12 student prize for their work in creating a data mining database, netting them a $1,000 cash award and invitations to present their work at an NEH National Digital Newspaper Program meeting next month.
Utilizing newspapers digitized thanks to the NEH's support of Chronicling America, George Mason University professor Lincoln Mullen has developed an online search tool -- AmericasPublicBible.org -- that allows users to track and research the publication of Bible verses in American newspapers from 1837-1922.
In order to properly display and host the NEH-supported exhibit "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare", the University of Las Vegas' Lied Library have been making unique preparations to adjust climate conditions in their Special Collections displays, including installing new humidifiers, running new dedicated water lines, and setting up special sensors that will transmit data to the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Thank to NEH support, more than two dozen teachers from across the US participated in "John Steinbeck: Social Critic and Ecologist," a three-week workshop organized by the Steinbeck Institute that brought teachers to the places in Monterey County, such as Steinbeck's childhood home and Salinas Valley ranches, that informed and influenced the author's works.
After three years of work and supported by a NEH grant of $278,000, the University of Kentucky has recently unveiled its "Coal, Camps and Railroads Digitization Project" -- an online archive containing 5.5 terabytes of photographs, maps, and records detailing the economic development of Kentucky's Appalachian region from 1788 to 1976.
At the University of Southern California, fifteen veterans have recently completed the NEH-supported Warrior-Scholar Project's academic boot camp program to prepare them for the rigors of college; an additional 215 veterans will complete the program this summer at 11 campuses nationwide, almost doubling the total number of Warrior Scholars that have been trained since the Project's start in 2012.