NEH in the News
An official 33-member cultural delegation -- including the heads of NEH, NEA and the Smithsonian; artists; writers; and musicians -- will journey to Havana for four days of conversations and exchanges with Cuban cultural figures and government officials as relations between the US and Cuba continue to thaw and adapt, from the Miami Herald.
The NEH has awarded a $75,000 Digital Humanities Start-up Grant to the Colored Conventions Project at the University of Delaware; the grant will support the project as it expands its collaborative model and create digital exhibits displaying the history of 19th century African-American conventions and organizing movements, from UDaily.
Samantha Parish Riggin, a graduate student in material culture and public humanities at Virginia Tech, has recently secured an NEH Common Heritage grant of $11,392 to support the Montgomery County Memory Project hosting two public events in Christiansburg and Blacksburg where archivists will digitize and preserve local historical items and artifacts, from the Roanoke Times.
The Borough of Manhattan Community College has received an NEH grant of almost $100,000 to fund "Building Asian American Studies across the Community College Classroom," a year-long project that will select more than a dozen faculty participants to develop curricular materials covering the histories, cultures and identities of Asian American communities in metropolitan New York, from BMCC News.
Rebecca Tuuri, assistant professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, has received an NEH Summer Stipend to support her research to complete her study "Careful Crusaders: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle," from Southern Miss Now.
UNC English Professor Hilary Lithgow and former combat medic-turned-Duke student John Howell are leading monthly reading and discussion groups for veterans at the Chapel Hill, North Carolina public library as part of NC Vets for Words, a program supported by the NEH's Standing Together initative, from the News and Observer.
The Arkansas State University Museum has won an NEH planning grant of almost $40,000 to develop conceptual design plans and project costs for a permanent exhibit on the 1950s music genre known as "rockabilly" and its intersections with socio-economic conditions in postwar America, from KASU-FM.
An NEH grant of $64,000 will allow Andrew Janiak, professor of philosophy at Duke, to host "New Narratives in Philosophy" -- a three-day conference where 30 philosophers from the US and seven other nations will discuss the often neglected work of early modern women philosophers such as Emilie du Chatelet and Damaris Cudworth Masham, from Duke Today.
NEH grants totalling more than $69,000 are supporting two projects in the lower Hudson Valley of New York -- one grant will support the group Historic Hudson valley to create an education project on Washington Irving and the art of storytelling while the other will go to the Jacob Burns Film Center to assist them in creating a curriculum for 8th graders on the civil rights movement, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Historical Society, from WAMC-FM.