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Posted: April 5, 2018 A Database of Fugitive Slave Ads Reveals Thousands of Untold Resistance Stories

The Freedom on the Move (FOTM) public database project, now being developed at Cornell University, is the first major digital database to organize together North American fugitive slave ads from regional, state, and other collections. FOTM recently received its second of its two National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) digital humanities grants.

Posted: April 5, 2018 UA English professor sweeps awards season
The Crimson White

Born in Greene County, Trudier Harris and her family moved to Tuscaloosa after her father died when she was six, leading her to Stillman College and her lengthy, notable career in English.  Harris, a University of Alabama distinguished research professor of English, majored in English and social studies at Stillman College. Between her junior and senior year, she went to Indiana University in Bloomington where she took several courses in literature, and then a year later went to Ohio State University on a fellowship. She then got her PhD in English with a specialty in folklore and secondary interest in African-American literature from Ohio State. 

Her teaching career began at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, then continued at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After 32 years of service, Harris came home. Due to getting her PhD at 25, she was a young retiree.  “I retired and I came home to Tuscaloosa, and when I got here, after a couple of months, I was bored out of my skull,” Harris said. 

Harris approached the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University about getting a job and now teaches in the English department.  “I like working with Dr. Harris very much, she’s been a really excellent colleague in the department and always does her share of the work around here, so we appreciate having her on the faculty,” said Joel Brouwer, an English department professor and chair. 

Not only is she known as an exemplary colleague, Harris is now the recipient of three awards: The 2018 Clarence E. Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing, the 2018 SEC Faculty Achievement Award and was named a 2018-2019 Fellow of the National Humanities Center. 

Brouwer said Harris is a very productive researcher and teacher. 

“She publishes a great deal, and she publishes very well, but she’s also an excellent teacher and mentor both of undergraduate and graduate students,” Brouwer said.

Harris said the the National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship recognizes scholarship and is significant because of its competition. 

National Endowment for the Humanities was really special because they had like 556 applicants, and they selected like 30 people from the United States,” Harris said.

Posted: April 5, 2018 Guelzo awarded Bradley Prize
Gettysburg Times

Allen C. Guelzo, the director of Civil War Era Studies and the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, is one of three recipients of the 2018 Bradley Prizes.  His "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion" was a 2013 New York Times best-seller. Guelzo is a former member of the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Fellow of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.

Posted: April 5, 2018 Rice University creating archive to preserve history of city’s Jewish community
Houston Chronicle

Joshua Furman, who came to study at Rice in 2015, was stunned to discover that little research had been done on the community’s history. He began digging, which led to a book project, which led to the formation of the archive.

At first, the archive — funded by a grant from the Stanford and Joan Alexander Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities — was envisioned as an oral history of the Jewish life. Then Harvey hit, shifting the focus of the project.

The archive, which will be open for research and viewing to the public July 1, now contains dozens of donated and acquired items that offer a glimpse into Jewish life in Houston from a time now past, from an era receding from living memory.

University of Central Arkansas News

Jesse Butler, associate professor of Philosophy, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities award to attend a summer instituteaward titled “Buddhist East Asia: The Interplay of Religion, the Arts and Politics.” The institute is hosted by the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii from May 28 to June 22, 2018.

Posted: April 4, 2018 Four scholars win Arts and Sciences Professorships
The Harvard Gazette

Louis Menand, Lee Simpkins Family Professor of Arts and Sciences

“I was very surprised to receive the letter from Mike Smith informing me of this appointment,” said Menand, a Pulitzer Prize winner who is widely considered one of the foremost modern scholars of American studies. “I can think of many colleagues who are more deserving of recognition, but I am of course very grateful to Mike and to everyone else in University Hall for naming me.”

Menand is the author of “The Metaphysical Club,” a detailed history of American intellectual and philosophical life in the 19th and 20th centuries, which won the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman Prize in 2002. He is currently writing a book on postwar cultural history, and will use the funds awarded by this professorship to further his research on the topic.

“I came to Harvard, in 2003, in hopes of becoming involved in academic development, and I have been fortunate from almost my first year here to be asked to participate in curricular initiatives and advise on administrative matters,” Menand said. “I have many people to thank for these opportunities, including Larry Summers, Bill Kirby, Drew Faust, Mike Smith, Rakesh Khurana, Diana Sorensen, Robin Kelsey, Jay Harris, and the chairs of my own department, most recently Nicholas Watson. I am also grateful for the friendship and support of my colleagues in the English department.”

In September 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Menand the National Humanities Medal in acknowledgment of his contributions to the study of cultural history. In its award citation, the National Endowment for the Humanities said Menand’s “influential works of intellectual and cultural history probe the power of ideas from one era to the next as they ripple across politics and culture.”

Menand is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a former contributor to The New York Review of Books.

Posted: April 4, 2018 An exhibition exploring the facets of Prohibition era opens at Lyman Allyn
The Day Publishing

In 1919, Congress ratified the 18th Amendment calling to ban the selling, manufacturing and transport of alcohol. The Amendment, as we now know, spurred what is now remembered as the tumultuous, controversial and often romanticized 13-year Prohibition era.

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum will present “Spirited: Prohibition in America” — a traveling exhibition from the National Endowment for the Humanities that explores America’s Prohibition period from its flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and its real-life legends (Al Capone and Carry Nation) to the complex issues that led America to adopt Prohibition in the first place.

Posted: April 4, 2018 Authors, poets to read at Michigan City's Zine and Small Press Fest

Zines have been having a something of moment in Northwest Indiana.

The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, the Michigan City Public Library, Mythos Publications, The Literary Underground and Calumet Artist Residency are hosting the daylong festival celebrating the underground self-published zines, DIY photocopied magazines that often are distributed at places like coffee shops and record stores. Indiana Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities funded the festival that will bring a number of authors, poets artists and scholars to town.

"The Zine and Small Press Fest celebrates the amazing works of zine artists and indie authors from the Region and beyond and highlights these literary works of contemporary documentation, community activism, and storytelling," Lubeznik Education Director Hannah Hammond-Hagman said. "It's simply time to acknowledge this important and relevant work, and we look forward to a great crowd on April 21 for all of the fest events."

Posted: April 4, 2018 UH Press awarded $100K to publish open-access books
University of Hawaiʻi System Current News

University of Hawaiʻi has received a $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the digitization and open-access distribution of 22 out-of-print University of Hawaiʻi Press books.

The 18-month project is part of the Humanities Open Book Program, a joint initiative between the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). In 2017, UH Press received a $90,000 grant to launch the program at UH Mānoa.

Posted: March 30, 2018 Poet to read selection of works
Montana Standard

The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center will host "A Reading with Montana's Poet Laureate, Lowell Jaeger."

Jaeger is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 western states. He has taught writing classes at numerous conferences and workshops and is currently professor of English/Creative Writing at Flathead Valley Community College.  He is the author of eight collections of poems, the most recent of which are “Or Maybe I Drift Off Alone” and “Earth-blood & Star-shine.”

Additional financial support is being provided by Humanities Montana and the National Endowment for the Humanities.