Webster University faculty member Lindsey Kingston has received a Fulbright Lectureship and a National Endowment for the Humanities award, two prestigious honors that will advance her research in the areas of human rights and citizenship.
Kingston is an associate professor of International Human Rights in the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations, part of the Webster University College of Arts & Sciences, where she also serves as director of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.
Kingston was awarded the 2018 Fulbright Lectureship in International Politics at the University of Milan, Italy. As a Fulbright Scholar, Kingston will conduct research on migration, teach courses on statelessness and social movements, and contribute to the university’s academic community. She will be in residence at l'Università degli Studi di Milano during the Italian spring semester, which is March through June.
Caleb McDaniel, an associate professor of history in Rice’s School of Humanities, is one of 30 grant recipients nationwide this year in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ program to support well-researched books in the humanities aimed at a broad public audience.
Advocates for public funding of arts programs are painting a dim picture of the House’s annual budget, saying its recommendation of a 13 percent cut in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council will force the council to scale back its work and comes as President Donald Trump is also retreating from the arts.
The budget (H 3600), approved 159-1 on Tuesday night, allocates $12,075,699 to the council, which promotes the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. The council received $14,299,000 this fiscal year and Gov. Charlie Baker in January proposed a budget of $14,307,229 for the council.
“We are deeply disappointed with the budget approved by the House, which calls for a 13 percent cut in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council,” MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson said in a statement. He added, “With the Trump Administration proposing the elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, now is not the time to step back from our commitment to the arts.”
Every year Bowdoin professors and students receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal research funding. However, with a new administration in Washington, the College could soon see some of that funding disappear.
President Donald Trump’s budget proposal combines increased spending on defense with cuts to discretionary spending. Those cuts include $5.8 billion from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
As Congress considers the new budget in the coming weeks, President Clayton Rose plans to meet with Maine’s congressional delegation to discuss the potential changes. Rose declined to comment on when the meetings would occur.
“Issues that I plan to discuss with them on my visit include immigration, Title IX and issues of funding for arts, the humanities and the sciences,” Rose said.
Interim Dean for Academic Affairs Jen Scanlon stressed the importance of the College’s federal funding. Four Bowdoin professors are currently using grants from the NIH and one professor currently receives project funding from the NEH.
Eliminating the NEH and NEA’s combined annual funds approbation of about $300 million would make little difference against $20 trillion, but that the impact of doing so would be devastating.
Among the affected areas would be our own Mississippi Delta, through the Delta Center for Culture and Learning here on campus. Every June and July for the past eight years, the Delta Center has hosted “The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta” workshop to bring seventy-two teachers to the Delta from across the world. The workshop has seen teachers from Brazil, Lesotho, Germany, and Bangladesh, among other places. Once here, the teachers immerse themselves in what Lee Aylward, the Delta Center’s Program Associate for Education and Community Outreach, calls the “Delta Story.”