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Posted: June 28, 2017 New treasure trove of Inupiaq recordings being assessed for possible digital use
Alaska Public Media - KAKM-TV

In Kotzebue, An aging trove of Inupiat photographs, books and recordings at risk of deteriorating are being assessed in the hope they can be digitized for future use. Aqqaluk Memorial Trust, a cultural arm of NANA regional corporation received a small grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring in a preservation specialist this week, to examine the materials.

More than 4000 items including 500 recordings made from 1965 into the 1980s are in the collection. Arctic Sounder reporter Shady Grove Oliver said the nearly 50 year old recordings include conversations with elders, highlighting the importance of understanding what it means to be Inupiaq. She spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend.

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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