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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: January 10, 2018 Center For Jewish History Announces Innovative Program Series
Broadway World Press / 1/10

As part of its commitment to share Jewish research with the broader public, the Center will offer an array of mini courses in 2018, intended for both scholarly and lay audiences. Courses will consist of three or four sessions; the courses are lecture-oriented, but also include the reading of texts and seminar-styled learning. Our visiting scholars, senior fellows, and other affiliated faculty teach these courses in the spring and fall.

The first course will be taught in February by National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Scholar Shaul Magid. Professor Magid (Indiana University) will teach on Radical Jewish Politics in Postwar America and Israel. The second course will be taught in March by Center for Jewish History Visiting Scholar Roberta Rosenberg. Professor Rosenberg (Christopher Newport University) will teach on "What's So Funny? Jewish Humor from Genesis to Seinfeld and Soloway."

Posted: January 10, 2018 MLA Members Receive 2017 NEH Awards
MLA Network News

Congratulations to the twenty-one MLA members among the winners of National Endowment for the Humanities awards announced in December 2017. The projects recognized include a study of collaborative authorship in early African American and Native American literature, the revitalization of a database on eighteenth-century theater and popular culture in London, an oral history program for high school students, and many others.

Posted: January 9, 2018 Casablanca is the focus of FDR author talk
The Poughkeepsie Journal

It was a pivotal time and place that would help shape the world.  

Casablanca. Once an exotic locale, it became a key military asset for the Nazis in World War II. 

"Jewish refugees from Europe poured in, hoping to obtain visas and passage to the United States and beyond. Nazi agents and collaborators infiltrated the city in search of power and loyalty. The resistance was not far behind, as shopkeepers, celebrities, former French Foreign Legionnaires, and disgruntled bureaucrats formed a network of Allied spies," according to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

In November 1942, as a part of Operation Torch, 33,000 American soldiers sailed undetected across the Atlantic and stormed the beaches of French Morocco. Seventy-four hours later, the Americans controlled the country and one of the most valuable wartime ports.

The romance, intrigue and danger of Casablanca will be explored on Jan. 13 in a program presented by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. The program will include an author talk and book signing with Meredith Hindley, author of "Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle For North Africa in World War II." The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.

Following the presentation, Hindley, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere, will be available to sign copies of her book. This is a free public event but registration is required.

After the book signing, the library will officially close the "Images of Internment" exhibit with a 4 p.m. reception and auction event. This is an opportunity to own exhibition quality prints -- produced in 2016 from original negatives stored at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland -- by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century including Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange.

Hindley, a historian and senior writer for Humanities, the quarterly review of the National Endowment for the Humanities, "explores this rollicking and panoramic history" in "Destination Casablanca," according to the FDR press release. Seventy-five years after Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman brought the danger and romance of the era to the silver screen, Hindley delves into the true story that served as inspiration.

Her cast of characters includes notable world leaders like Gen. George S. Patton, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as well as rich and colorful personalities like Josephine Baker; the womanizing Duff Cooper, Churchill's close confidante; Sigmund Freud's extended family; and many others who had an impact on the city’s history.

"Rife with rogue soldiers, power grabs, and diplomatic intrigue, 'Destination Casablanca' is the riveting and untold story of this glamorous city -- memorialized in the classic film -- at the heart of World War II," according to the press release.

Posted: January 9, 2018 Over 400 Willa Cather letters to be publicly accessible online
The Daily Nebraskan

Hundreds of personal letters from Nebraska author Willa Cather will soon become accessible online to the public, with thousands more on the way.

The efforts to digitize Cather’s letters is part of a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project team consists of professors and graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Project co-director Andrew Jewell, professor of digital projects at UNL Libraries and editor of the Willa Cather Archive, said in a Nebraska Today news release that the grant provides funding for the first 1,500 letters, and does not see the project ever being finished.

Posted: January 9, 2018 Odgers Berndtson, Continuing Expansion, Adds New Recruiters
Hunt Scanlon Media News

An experienced search professional with deep university and academic expertise, Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Plympton has joined the Boston office of Odgers as a partner in its U.S. higher education practice. Before joining Odgers, she served as deputy chair and acting chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Prior to NEH, she was a consultant with the higher education and non-profit practice of executive search firm Witt Kieffer, supporting searches for deans, provosts and CFOs.

She previously served as the VP for finance and administration at Lehigh University and at Bucknell University, and also held administrative/finance roles at Yale University, Wellesley College, and Harvard University. She is also a past president of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) and served as a board member of EDUCAUSE, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and other non-profit organizations.

Posted: January 8, 2018 National Library of Medicine Announces History of Medicine Lecture Series

Kicking off the series on Monday, January 29, at 11 am Eastern Time on the NIH campus and videocast, will be Stevens Institute of Technology The Evolution of Viral Networks: H1N1, Ebola, and Zika. Author ofThe Viral Network: A Pathography of the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic (Cornell University Press, 2014).

Dr. MacPhail will address the culture of public health, the production of scientific knowledge, networks of expertise, information sharing, and everyday experiences of epidemiologists, microbiologists, biomedical scientists, and medical practitioners. Her lecture is the keynote address of Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, which brings together scholars from various fields of medical history whose innovative research shows promise through the use of methods, tools, and data from the digital humanities. The workshop is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a grant to Virginia Tech, and is a collaborative outcome of the NLM. Learn more about the workshop, its selected participants, and its significance through its official web site, and this news release from Virginia Tech.

Posted: January 8, 2018 Two Faculty Members Receive NEH Grant
Siena College News

An historical preservation project about French-Canadians who settled in Cohoes, N.Y. and made it that city’s largest ethnic group has resulted in a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for two Siena professors.

Dr. Janet Shideler, professor of modern language, and Dr. Karen Mahar, professor of history, received the $9,000 grant as part of the NEH’s Common Heritage program. Their project is called “Je me souviens (I Remember): Presenting and Preserving the Heritage of Upstate New York’s Franco-American Communities.”

With the help of the NEH grant, the two will work with a team of students, librarians and community volunteers, who will digitize and preserve a broad array of artifacts and oral histories that reflect the rich cultural heritage of French-Canadians who settled in Cohoes. They were the largest ethnic group in that city in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

This team will present a public digitization and cultural event in Cohoes in June. Siena will host its own celebration of the project in September.

“The heritage of French-Canadian immigrants to Cohoes and elsewhere in New York state is largely overlooked, and so we are excited about giving their descendants—Franco-Americans—an opportunity to tell their story of how they left behind grueling poverty to become a thriving immigrant population and eventually proud Americans,” said Dr. Shideler. “Men, women, children, laborers, business owners, journalists, and civic and religious leaders all came in the hopes of achieving a better life for themselves and contributing to their new home, even as they transplanted familiar and revered aspects of their former home.”

Posted: January 3, 2018 NEH awards $100,000 Humanities Access Grant to SIUE and MJCHF

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities a two-year $100,000 Humanities Access Grant. The National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.

“The MJCHF is excited to work with the SIUE IRIS Center and the Madison County Regional Superintendent on this important initiative, and we are thankful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for their support of our efforts and the ability to expand our Conversation Toward a Brighter Future program. The project will be an extension of the MJCHF Conversation Toward a Brighter Future initiative and will continue our support of Madison County schools by increasing access to technology and engaging in the humanities,” said Dr. Ed Hightower, Director of the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities.

Posted: January 3, 2018 South Jersey's food traditions to be explored at Perkins
Courier Post

Perkins Center for the Arts has received two grants that will help the art center, with locations in Moorestown and Collingswood, to explore the history of food traditions in South Jersey.

The funding - a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Common Heritage Grant and a New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) Incubation grant — will support a "Tastefully South Jersey'' art exhibition and a workshop series.

Think family recipes handed down generation to generation and rich in this region.

" 'Tastefully South Jersey' is an exploration into folk art and culture through the lens of food traditions in Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden,'' according to a Perkins statement. "The three-county engagement will celebrate diverse food arts through African American, Eastern European, Latin and Caribbean cultures.''

Posted: January 3, 2018 UNL project hopes to reveal the Cather behind the novels
Journal Star

The quest to shed new light onto Cather’s published works using her unpublished private papers began three years ago with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in cooperation with the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud.

New batches of letters will be added to the database every few weeks, said Jewell, who is leading the project alongside Janis P. Stout. The Cather Archive hopes to complete the project in the next few years.