NEH in the News
As tech companies and new apps claim to be disruptive gamechangers with regards to online higher education, the fact remains that the bulk of current digital humanities data visualization projects rely on traditional research universities or the NEH for funding. “Despite an annual budget of less than $150 million, the agency has invested in more than 70,000 humanities projects since its inception. When it comes to funding digital projects, the NEH Office of the Digital Humanities is second to none," from PC Magazine.
West Virginia University will be celebrating the 50th anniversaries of NEH and NEA with a two-day commemoration event beginning on September 29 and a series of events and lectures held through spring 2016, from WVU Today.
The New Hampshire Historical Society is conducting more than $2 million in upgrades to its heating and cooling systems and installation of energy efficient lighting at its historical headquarters building thanks to NEH support, from the Concord Insider.
An in-depth look at the results of the first round of the new Public Scholar program and how grant recipients are already seeing impacts in reception of their works. Kembrew McLeod, University of Iowa professor and Public Scholar awardee: “The wonderful thing about the announcement of the Public Scholar program was that I received several inquiries from great presses and editors at great presses, both trade and university. I have nothing but praise for both the program and my experience interacting with people at the NEH," from Library Journal.
In the wake of the national Clemente Course program winning a National Humanities Medal, participants in Utah comment on the importance of the humanities and how it has broadened their education and world perspective, from the Salt Lake Tribune.
Since May 2014, dozens of faculty, students and staff at Angelo State University in Texas have been involved in coordinating several exhibits and events marking the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, including participating in the NEH-supported “War Stories: West Texans from WWI to the Present” project to collect and archive war testimonies and materiel from regional Vietnam veterans, from the San Angelo Standard-Times.
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut will reopen 24 of its galleries, including a “Cabinet of Curiosities” gallery with 300 items, many from the collection of J.P. Morgan, thanks in part to a $400,000 grant from the NEH, from the Hartford Courant.
After 50 years of planning, the first building of the Staten Island Museum will open on September 19; the museum’s capital campaign to support its operations has already seen a boost in funding support thanks to an NEH Challenge Grant, from Staten Island Live.
President Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, declared the annual ceremony for the National Humanities Medal and National Medal of Arts as “one of our favorite events of the year” and made note of the NEH’s and NEA’s 50th anniversary this year during an East Room ceremony honoring the 21 medal winners, from the Miami Herald.