NEH in the News
Thanks to support from the NEH’s Standing Together initiative, the Guam Humanities Council developed its Guam Women Warriors project: a peer-to-peer oral history program that seeks to document the island territory’s long-standing military community and present stories collected from servicewomen as an online exhibit, from the Pacific Daily News.
“American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood” – supported by NEH and the first major show devoted to Benton in 25 years – opens at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts this month, providing a view of the artist’s ambivalent, conflicted relationship with the rise of film and the commercialization of mass culture in the interwar period, from the Boston Globe.
Gretchen Dabbs, bio-archaeologist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has won a $253,817 NEH grant for her research project excavating the former Egyptian imperial city of Amarna/Aketaten under the work title “Death and the City: Toward an Integrated Narrative of Life and Death in Ancient Egypt," from SIU News.
The University of Minnesota has won a $100,000 NEH grant to create a digitized online catalog of the archives of the Guthrie Theater, including set designs and script notes from staged productions, from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The Mendocino Museum in Willits, California has received an NEH grant to host “Uncivil Homefront: Mendocino County During the Civil War” through June 21, featuring Lincoln re-enactors, photos, exhibits, and background on local aspects of the conflict, from the Ukiah Daily Journal.
Chairman Adams argues that If America’s future democracy is to thrive, then colleges – especially community colleges that serve an increasingly diverse young population – cannot just be seen as “workforce pipelines.” They must also be understood to be institutions that can create more knowledgeable citizens with both the technical and civic skills necessary for an increasingly complex economy and interconnected world, from the Detroit News.
Filmmakers have transformed Fort Independence on Castle Island in Massachusetts into a documentary set for the filming of an NEH-supported American Masters program on the last days of Edgar Allen Poe before his mysterious death at only 40 years old, from the Boston Globe.
Thanks to NEH funding, ten students in a Maine history class have created a web exhibit and a living history reenactment focused on the Washburn family, a local political dynasty whose intersections with the Civil War provided the students a deeper look into the conflict and US society in the 19th century, from The Sun Journal.
Jeremy Hyman, a Department of Philosophy lecturer at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded an NEH summer stipend award to work on his book on Descartes’ view on materialism and will further participate in an NEH summer institute that integrates teaching on Ockham and Scotus into a larger survey of pre-modern philosophy, from the University of Arkansas News.