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The quest to shed new light onto Cather’s published works using her unpublished private papers began three years ago with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in cooperation with the Willa Cather Foundation in Red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

Posted: January 3, 2018 WWI series concludes

This is the final program in the World War I and America series presented in partnership with VFW Memorial Park Post 764 and the Veterans Breakfast Club.

Neiberg will examine the role of the United States in winning the war and shaping postwar peace. Military strategy and postwar diplomacy were intimately linked as President Woodrow Wilson sought a distinct, independent American contribution to victory in order to ensure him a guiding role in the peace conference. Wilson’s views on postwar peace met with resistance, both from his European allies and from his fellow Americans. Echoes of that debate still resonate today.

Neiberg has a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University and is the inaugural chairman of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College.

His published work specializes on the First and Second World Wars, notably the American and French experiences. The Wall Street Journal named his “Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I” one of the five best books ever written about the First World War.

World War I and America is presented by Library of America in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National World War I Museum and Memorial, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: January 3, 2018 "The Treasures of Tutankhamun"

Beginning Monday, January 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., the Patterson Branch Library will present “The Treasures of Tutankhamun,” an exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tutankhamen is the most familiar and popular of ancient Egyptian rulers. When Howard Carter discovered the young Pharaoh’s tomb in 1922, the entire world paid attention. When his treasures toured the United States, unprecedented crowds lined up to view them. Based on the major traveling display, “The Treasures of Tutankhamun” has been reconstructed to tell the story of Tutankhamen as it was told through Carter’s discovery and the related traveling exhibition.

“The Treasures of Tutankhamun” promotes a thoughtful comparison of ancient and modern customs concerning death and the afterlife, as well as discussions of political power and the privileges that come with great personal wealth.

Posted: January 3, 2018 Chemical Heritage Foundation reveals rebranding plan, new name
The Philly Voice

Last month, CHF announced it had a received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund the creation of a video game chronicling the history of alchemy. The grant, part of NEH's Digital Projects for the Public program, will be developed in a collaboration with Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio and Gossamer Games.

The new name for the organization, headquartered at 315 Chestnut St., will take effect at the start of February.

Posted: January 3, 2018 Family Reading Time coming to Kentucky schools in 2018
The Lane Report, KY

Thanks to a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Kentucky Humanities will be expanding PRIME TIME Family Reading Time to 40 Kentucky schools in 2018 and 2019.

Kentucky Humanities has been sponsoring the family literacy program at libraries throughout the commonwealth since 2004, hosting 204 programs in 81 counties. The NEH grant will allow the program to be expanded into Kentucky schools.

PRIME TIME Family Reading Time seeks to help parents learn to connect with their kids through reading. Each week, for six weeks, parents and their children gather for dinner, then engage with a professional storyteller and a scholar who read with them and discuss classic children’s books centered around themes like fairness, greed, courage and dreams.

Posted: December 22, 2017 NEH grants to help fund local projects
CBS 19 News, Charlottesville, VA

 Two local programs are getting grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Thomas Jeffersion Foundation, Inc. is getting $325,000 for infrastructure improvements to the multi-institutional Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery.

And the University of Virginia is getting $72,542 for the development of a working prototype for an open-access, curated, and classroom-sourced digital anthology of British and American literature in English between 1650 and 1800.

These are two of seven grants that were awarded to Virginia projects, totaling $647,399.

"These grants are prime examples of NEH's worthy investments across the country that ignite sparks to further excellence in education and research, protect cultural heritage, promote lifelong learning opportunities, and strengthen local economies," said Stephen Kidd, the executive director of the National Humanities Alliance. "Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have affirmed the value of these grants to community life and of the NEH to national life over the past year."

Other grants are going to projects at Goerge Mason University, James Madison University, the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, the Valentine Museum in Richmond, and the College of William and Mary.

These grants are part of $12.8 million in awards that were announced this month to support 253 humanities projects across the country.

Posted: December 22, 2017 Dr. Moore awarded highly competitive National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship
University of Alabama at Birmingham News

University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor John K. Moore Jr., Ph.D., has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

The NEH funded only 7.5 percent of proposals received in this highly competitive cycle. Moore’s project is one of just 74 fellowships selected for funding out of 982 applications submitted to the NEH from across the nation.

“After having applied 10 times to the NEH, it is gratifying to finally have won one of these prestigious grants,” said Moore, who teaches Spanish in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. “I hope the award brings further honor to UAB.”

The $29,400 grant will provide support for the completion of Moore’s bilingual edition and study of “His Majesty’s Prosecutor v. José Soller, Mulatto Pilgrim, for Impersonating a Priest and Other Crimes,” a previously unedited and unpublished legal case from late 17th-century Spain. Soller was traveling as a pilgrim from Lisbon, Portugal, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and had intended to continue from there to Rome, Italy, when he was apprehended in Ourense, Spain, in 1693 for impersonating a priest. Moore’s review of the case reveals Soller pretended to be a priest after apparently having been imprisoned numerous times during his travels because authorities assumed he was a runaway slave due to his skin color. In addition to his crime of impersonating a priest, the prosecutor was expressly offended that he committed an act of offense against the holy priesthood as a “mulatto” man. This body of work will be the first study, edition and translation of the case.

Posted: December 22, 2017 'Color Queen of Oklahoma' creates artwork
Norman Transcript

Norman artist Carol Beesley’s paintings could be described as riots of color. That’s not to say they’re out of control or unwelcome. 

Beesley’s canvases are often enormous and draw liberally from nature’s palette of colors including some shades seldom seen in the wild. The National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship recipient has been widely celebrated for her renderings of New Mexican arroyos, mountain vistas and deep, mysterious canyons. Some of her more diminutive pieces are currently on exhibition at The Depot’s “Small Works VII” exhibition through today at the 200 S. Jones Ave. gallery.

“My voice is largely vast landscapes,” Beesley said at her studio in Norman’s industrial north end. “When I was in my teens we took a family vacation to Big Bend National Park in Texas.”