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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: June 21, 2017 NEH Gives $1,000 Award to Pro-Margaret Sanger Paper
The Washington Free Beacon

The National Endowment for the Humanities honored a high school student for writing a paper celebrating Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger with a $1,000 award.

In one of its first acts under the Trump administration, the agency released its list of middle and high school students who received prizes for its National History Day competition. Acting Chair Margaret Plympton, who joined the NEH under the Obama administration, gave out the awards during a ceremony last week.

The agency sponsored 18 first-place prizes, including the junior paper category to a student from Saint Paul, Minn., who received an award for a paper entitled, "Margaret Sanger, Taking a Stand for Birth Control."

Posted: June 21, 2017 MTSU history professor travels to Russia to study ‘Siberian Seven’ after receiving $6,000 NEH grant
The Sidelines

An MTSU assistant professor of history has traveled to Russia to investigate the “Siberian Seven” after receiving a grant to fund her expedition from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Emily Baran will be conducting research in Moscow for about nine more weeks because of the $6,000 NEH grant and her desire to study an infamous Cold War-era incident. Baran plans to eventually write a book on the culmination of her investigations regarding the Siberian Seven.

Posted: June 21, 2017 Is Utah upholding Brigham arts legacy?
Deseret Digital Media News

According to the Utah Cultural Alliance, $11 million of federal funds have come into Utah’s cultural organizations through the NEA, NEH, IMS and CPB.

“Government funding is more likely to reach rural and underserved communities than do some of the private foundations that tend to give more to urban organizations,” said Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, of the Utah Legislature. “My perception is government funding is more equitable.”

Posted: June 21, 2017 The 2017 Tony Awards
The Leicester Post

While accepting a Tony for his work in "Present Laughter", Kevin Kline thanked the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, two organizations under fire in Mr. Trump's proposed budget.

Posted: June 20, 2017 Rep. Charlie Dent and local organizations discuss importance of arts and humanities funding
The Morning Call

In her 19 years of working for Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, Mary Wright has seen the visible impact the arts and humanities can have on a child.

Wright teaches local children how to develop and write their own plays through Touchstone Theatre's Young Playwrights' Lab. At the end of the eight-week program, the kids get to see their plays professionally produced and performed.

"We are planting seeds that may seem really, really small and we work with kids who are reluctant readers and reluctant writers," Wright said. "But the moment a kid says, 'Don't make me stop writing,' it's kind of a miracle moment."

Wright shared her experiences at an event hosted by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to discuss arts and humanities funding with U.S. Rep. Charles Dent, R-15th District, and representatives from other local organizations on Monday morning at the Bethlehem SteelStacks.

"Thank you for the work that you do. Your work enriches our communities and our lives," Dent said. "People in the arts will go into communities that are often distressed and turn them around. They're not only helping culturally and artistically, but they are participating in a very important community development aspect."

Laurie Zierer, executive director of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, broke down the federal arts-related funding received in the last five years by organizations across Pennsylvania and in the 15th District, which includes all of Lehigh County and parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Northampton.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Pennsylvania received $24.3 million, 15th District received $697,700.

•National Endowment for the Arts: Pennsylvania received $16.7 million, 15th District received $557,500.

•Institute of Museum and Library Services: Pennsylvania received $27.5 million, 15th District received $25,000.

"We all know that funding from the N.E.H, the N.E.A and I.M.L.S is just a small part of the overall budget, but it makes a huge difference and impact," Zierer said.

Posted: June 20, 2017 Delta students take 1st place at National History Day
NBC KNDO Local News

On Thursday, June 15th, National History Day® presented Delta High School junior, Zachary Matson and former Delta student, Hannah Doyle with the first place award in the Senior Group Website category for their project titled Mother Jones: Marching with the Mill Children.

Sophomore Jeaziree Salise took home 8th place in the Individual Website category for her project titled Taking a Stand for the Ancient One. Sophomores’ Anthony Chung and Rudy Garcia received the National Endowment for the Humanities award for Chronicling American History using historical newspapers for their Documentary titled Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich: Taking a Stand for the Sustainability of the Human Race.

More than a half-million students around the world entered the contest at the local level, with the top entries advancing to state contests. The top two entries in each category were invited to the National History Day National Contest, which took place June 11 – 15, 2017 at the University of Maryland campus near Washington D.C. where more than 3,000 students came together to compete.

Matson and Doyle were given the title of “National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Scholar” and each received a $1,000 award sponsored by NEH. In total, four students from Delta High School advanced to the national competition to present their work related to the 2017 theme, Taking a Stand in History.

Posted: June 20, 2017 An education rich in the arts can change a life
The Robesonian

“Changing Lives Through Education” it’s at the core of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s mission.  “Changing Lives Through Education” is not just a mantra that guides my professional work. It’s something I truly believe. Great emphasis these days is put on math, science and reading, but the arts play an important role in the holistic education of our citizenry, too, particularly in the development of young people. Unfortunately, the arts are usually one of the first things cut when budgets get tight, and studies suggest that arts programs in schools are declining. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump suggested that he may even completely cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

James Bass is the executive director of Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Posted: June 20, 2017 Redmond students earn National History Day Contest honors
Redmond Reporter

Evergreen Middle School students won a pair of awards in the National History Day Contest, held June 11-15 at the University of Maryland, College Park in Washington, D.C.

The Redmond students garnered awards in two separate categories and were the only middle school in the country to earn two national prizes.

Layasri Ranjith, Ananya Nandula and Ananya Ganapathi won first prize for their Junior Group Documentary titled, “Tuskegee Airmen — Courage knows no color,” and earned the distinction of National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars.

Vidyut Baskar and Pranav Sheokand won second prize in the Junior Group Exhibit for their project titled, “In a League of Their Own: How Ludwig Gutmann’s Paralympics put the Ability in Disability.”

Posted: June 20, 2017 New Welcome Center planned for The Old Manse
Concord Journal and Wicked Local Concord

A big change is in store for one of Concord’s signature properties.  A Welcome Center is planned at The Old Manse, according to the Trustees of Reservations.  It could be finished in May 2019, according to Guy Hermann, Trustees general manager for Greater Concord.  The center will include new community and programming space, and is currently in the research phase.

“Our hope is that the new Welcome Center will both serve as a more efficient and accessible gathering place for our visitors while also helping to engage more of the visitors who already walk the Old Manse grounds each year while visiting Minute Man National Historical Park,” Hermann said.

Two grants will help pay for the project - $450,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities and $500,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities - and Hermann said more money needs to be raised.

The Old Manse was built by Rev. William Emerson. According to the Trustees, his grandson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, wrote “Nature” in the home, and Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne also wrote in the house.

Posted: June 20, 2017 Givens accepted to NEH summer institute
My Plainview, Texas

Dr. Jay Givens won’t get much of a summer break. But then, you can argue that with summer and online classes, as well as preparation for the upcoming fall semester, professors never do. This summer will be different for Givens, however, as he will spend a month back in the classroom, learning instead of teaching.

Arial Givens, professor of religion for Wayland Baptist University, has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute: Challenges of Teaching World Religions. According to its website, the NEH is an independent federal agency that provides grants to programs designed to promote excellence in the humanities. Grants are awarded to top-rated proposals based on independent reviews from external examiners. Grants are typically awarded to cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, universities, public television and radio stations, as well as individual scholars.

Directed by Dr. James W. Laine, professor and chair of religious studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., the summer institute will address the issues facing professors as they teach broad survey courses on world religions.