NEH in the News
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.
Evelyn Higginbotham, professor of History and African and African-American Studies at Harvard, has been named one of the ten 2014 National Humanities Medalists for her work expanding the study of African-American history, from the Harvard Crimson.
Three exhibits focusing on the patron saint of Cuba are on display at the St. Thomas University library in Florida thanks to funding from the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History program supported by NEH and the ALA, from the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald.
Vicki Ruiz, professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine, will be among the ten Humanities medalists honored by President Obama on September 10, and is the first medalist from UC-Irvine, from the Los Angeles Times.
Bard College professor and Clemente Course Academic Director Marina van Zuylen will be at the White House on Thursday to accept a National Humanities Medal on behalf of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a tuition-free, college-level course offered to American adults with low incomes or limited college education, from the Poughkeepsie Journal.