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Posted: June 28, 2017 Idaho Humanities Council awards 2 local grants
Idaho Press-Tribune

The Idaho Humanities Council has awarded $59,205 in grants lately, and some of that went local, so here we go.  Death Rattle Writers Festival, $1,200 to support its fourth festival this October.  Caldwell Public Library, $2,000 to help create a local history archive at the library.

Project participants at the library “will sort through a large collection of historical materials and make them accessible in digital and physical format to patrons.” This will be pretty exciting to see once its ready!

These grants are supported in part through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: June 28, 2017 New Illinois Humanities Office Opening Inside L&C’s Mannie Jackson Center
Illinois Humanities News

Two humanities powerhouses are coming together in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Illinois Humanities’ new southwestern Illinois office, located inside Lewis and Clark Community College’s Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, is slated to open Wednesday, July 5.

“We’re grateful for our partnership with Lewis and Clark Community College, which will enable us to engage more fully with communities in southern and western Illinois,” said Angel Ysaguirre, executive director of Illinois Humanities. “The opening of our southwestern Illinois office presents an exciting opportunity for us to enhance our role as a statewide cultural institution as the Illinois Bicentennial approaches.  We’re eager to see where that opportunity leads.”

Founded in 1973 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois Humanities is a nonprofit organization that serves as the Illinois affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to strengthen society by fueling inquiry and conversation about the ideas and works that shape culture.

Illinois Humanities provides resources and support to cultural organizations throughout the state.  Additionally, drawing upon the content and methods of humanities disciplines such as history, literature and philosophy, it conducts original programs in five focus areas: public policy, media and journalism, business, art, and access.

Posted: June 27, 2017 Shift for a Digital Humanities Leader

In 2011, the Modern Language Association created a new office, focused on scholarly communication in the digital age. Kathleen Fitzpatrick is now ending her time leading that office to move to Michigan State University as director of digital humanities and a professor of English. In her role at the MLA and as an author, Fitzpatrick has been a leading voice on digital humanities issues. She answered some questions from Inside Higher Ed about the field and her next steps.

Q: What are some of the big challenges ahead to encourage continued growth of the digital humanities?

A: There are two major challenges that I have my eye on right now, though no doubt there are many others. The first is sustainability: over the last decade, support has been available for the development of new tools and platforms to enable digital scholarship -- but now that software all needs to be maintained and updated, and doing so requires ongoing resources of a kind that aren’t usually compelling to funding agencies. So in the same way that we have long encouraged scholars to think (usually in collaboration with folks in their libraries) about preservation from the very beginning of a digital project, we also need to encourage ourselves to think about how software projects will be sustained beyond the period of their initial release.

The second challenge is more immediate, and more dangerous: one of the key funding agencies that has enabled the development of the digital humanities as we know it today is the National Endowment for the Humanities. Programs across the agency -- including, of course, programs in the Office of Digital Humanities, but also programs in research, education and preservation and access -- have supported both institutions and individual scholars in studying and teaching at the intersection of technology and the humanities, and have collectively made possible an extraordinary percentage of the digital humanities work being done today. We must work together to fight the dismantling of the agency’s legacy and the elimination of its future.

Posted: June 27, 2017 New baseball film chronicles life of African Americans, Afro-Latinos who followed Jackie Robinson’s footsteps
Miami Herald

His story has been well chronicled in Hollywood including the 2013 film 42. But Robinson, who died in 1972, was hardly alone in his struggle.

A new documentary, A Long Way from Home: The Untold Story of Baseball's Desegregation, chronicles the experiences of African-American and Afro-Latino players who followed Robinson’s footsteps into baseball.

Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Gaspar González (Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami, Havana House), the film features interviews with pioneering players such as Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Grover “Deacon” Jones, Jimmy Wynn, Orlando Cepeda, and Tony Pérez, who often played their minor-league ball in small, remote towns where racial segregation remained a fact of life well into the 1960s.

The advisors of the film, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities include, Matthew Frye Jacobson and Jonathan Holloway, distinguished members of the history faculty at Yale University.

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Posted: June 27, 2017 OCTC’s Common Reading selection for Fall 2017, The Circle, by Dave Eggers
The Ohio County Monitor

The Owensboro Community and Technical College Common Reading for Fall 2017 will be the international best seller, The Circle, a novel by Dave Eggers.  OCTC selected The Circle as a capstone to celebrate the successful completion of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant for Two-Year Colleges. The college was one of the first community colleges awarded the NEH grant in 2010. The college and community raised over $400,000 locally to meet the “match” goal of $200,000 from NEH.

Posted: June 27, 2017 UWF Researcher To Study Ancient Skeletons Near Pompeii
WUWF 88.1, Florida

Dr. Kristina Killgrove, a researcher from the University of West Florida, is preparing for the trip of a lifetime. She’s heading to Italy soon to study skeletal remains of victims of the 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius volcano eruption.  

Killgrove is a biological anthropologist and assistant professor in UWF’s Anthropology Department. Her classes include Intro to Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, and Human Osteology.

After a colleague from the University of Michigan contacted her about joining the study research project in Italy, she applied for and received a prestigious summer stipend of $6,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. (She also received funding from UWF’s Center for Research and Economic Opportunity.)

Posted: June 27, 2017 Former Arabic and Islamic Studies Chair Appointed SFS-Q Dean
The Hoya

Ahmad S. Dallal, a history professor at the American University of Beirut, will serve as the new dean of the School of Foreign Service in Qatar starting Sept. 1. Dallal previously served as provost of the American University in Beirut from 2009 to 2015, after serving as chair of Georgetown’s Arabic and Islamic Studies department from 2003 to 2009.

Dallal’s work focuses on both past and present Islamic culture. Dallal has published three books and over 40 articles on the history of Islamic thought and law, and has also served as an adviser to the planning committee of the primary exhibition at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

Dallal said he will look to both strengthen SFS-Q’s existing presence in Qatar and seek paths to expansion.

Dallal has received several awards for his work, including being named a Carnegie Scholar and receiving a Fellowship on Traditions of Reform in Eighteenth-Century Islamic Thought from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: June 22, 2017 Late Rutgers professor, civil rights champion receives prestigious Jefferson Award

The famed Rutgers-Newark professor and historian Clement Alexander Price was honored posthumously on Monday night at the 10th annual New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards.  Price, who was awarded the "Outstanding Citizenship" award, passed away in 2014 but not before compiling a remarkable record of public work.  Price's widow, Mary Sue Sweeney Price -- a former director of the Newark Museum -- was on hand to accept the award, as were other members of Price's family.

Price was a longtime champion of the city of Newark, who -- among his many accomplishments -- was the official historian of Newark and also chaired President Obama's 2008 transition team for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was also the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers.

Posted: June 22, 2017 Professor’s talk on American oil interests to air on C-SPAN 3
Notre Dame News

A spring lecture given by Darren Dochuk, associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, will be televised on C-SPAN 3 at 8 p.m. and midnight EDT Saturday (June 24).  The lecture was part of a course titled “The History of Oil in American Life,” which offered a chronological, thematic and contemporary examination of oil in modern America.

In December, Dochuk was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, allowing him to write a book exploring the relationship between oil and religion. His research interests include the intersections of religion, politics and the American West and Southwest, as well as the Cold War and the politics and culture of energy and the environment. He is the author of “From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism” (Norton, 2011), which won awards from the Society of American Historians, the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.

Posted: June 22, 2017 Around the State
The Baptist Standard, Texas

Jay Givens, professor of religion at Wayland Baptist University, has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ summer institute, “Challenges of Teaching World Religions.” Through the institute, Givens will rework Wayland’s curriculum for online graduate and undergraduate world religions courses.