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Posted: February 16, 2018 The Great War: Arkansas in World War I
The Sentinel-Record

Hot Springs National Park will host "The Great War: Arkansas in World War I," a free traveling exhibit that tells the story of the state's role during the "war to end all wars" at home and on the battlefields, beginning next week.

The traveling exhibit consists of 12 panels that showcase images from the Arkansas State Archives' holdings, including original documents, photographs, posters, maps, and historical objects, giving a firsthand look at the lives of Arkansans during the war, Hot Springs National Park said in a news release. 

The exhibit covers the chronology of the war, as well as various facets of the conflict, such as training troops in Arkansas, actions overseas, the home front, providing for the war, health care, and Arkansas heroes.

This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: February 16, 2018 Travelling exhibit starts conversation
The Etownian, Elizabethtown College News

Opinions toward the war will be showcased throughout the month, illustrated by works of the student body, college faculty and the general public from the College’s Hess Archives.

The World War I and America exhibition included objects that ranged from patriotic artwork to informative passages on why war happens.

“When thinking of America, I realize that it is really a melting pot of many cultures,” senior Mary Walsh said.

World War I and America is a traveling, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) educational exhibit that illuminates the impact that WWI had on the United States.

By involving libraries and museums nationwide, the mobile presentation shares the various hardships of war through the writings of Americans who lived through it.

Posted: February 16, 2018 NEH funds Appalachian event to preserve the history of the Lincoln Heights Rosenwald School
Appalachian Today

 Dr. Kristen Baldwin Deathridge, Pam Mitchem and Dea Rice received $9,877 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help preserve and share the story of the Lincoln Heights Rosenwald School in Wilkesboro by hosting a one-day event at the school for alumni and community members.

Deathridge is an assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of History; Mitchem is an associate professor and the coordinator of Digital Scholarship and Initiatives (DSI) in Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian; and Rice is an assistant professor and digital projects librarian in Belk Library and Information Commons.

According to Deathridge, Lincoln Heights — a large Rosenwald School for African-Americans — operated from 1924-68. The school educated and employed black southerners through the Jim Crow era and the height of the 20th-century civil rights movement.

Since the school’s closure, Deathridge said, alumni and community members have been working to preserve and share their story, and have invited members of Appalachian’s history department and Belk Library to assist in that mission.

Posted: February 15, 2018 Languages Across the Curriculum gains popularity
The Trinitonian

Dante Suarez, associate professor of finance and decision sciences, teaches a course titled “Doing Business in Latin America.” In this class, students listen to lectures on international business laws, learn to interact with team members from other cultures and create a plan for a hypothetical business. The class is three credits, and students travel to Monterrey, Mexico to present their business proposals.

And, Suarez teaches the class completely in Spanish.

Doing Business in Latin America is a Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) class. This means the class is taught in a foreign language and students speak to each other and their professor in a foreign language.

The LAC program was formed 24 years ago. Nanette LeCoat, associate professor of modern languages and literatures, and Alida Metcalf, history professor, created the LAC program through the National Endowment for the Humanities Focus Grant. This grant enabled them to create a new program in language teaching through collaboration with her colleagues. Metcalf no longer works at Trinity, but LeCoat still serves on the LAC committee. 

“We really wanted students to feel that this was something that would help them learn about a culture and about history, and also to be professionally useful. So we wanted to offer classes that were not the traditional offerings of the language and literature program, but rather focused on topics of interest,” LeCoat said.

Posted: February 14, 2018 What Next-Gen Digital Humanities Looks Like

In the humanities, where pots of money tend to be smaller than in the sciences, a little can go a long way. It’s often not just the size of the grant but who’s giving it that matters.

For 10 years now, the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities has been investing in digital humanities scholarship, sometimes with grants as small as a few thousand dollars. Last week, the ODH marked its first decade with cake and presentations at its annual Project Directors’ meeting at the NEH’s headquarters in Washington. Some 50 current ODH grantees gave lightning-round presentations about their work, and scholars who have received ODH support over the past decade reflected on the development of digital humanities as a field and as a practice.