NEH Announces $16.3 Million in Funding for 290 Humanities Projects
Today the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced funding for 290 projects in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. $16.3 million in grants will support a variety of humanities-based research and programs.
Among the projects funded by the Endowment is the creation of an interactive website that will allow the public to access 5,600 interviews conducted by legendary Chicago journalist and historian Studs Terkel. The Studs Terkel Radio Archive will feature recordings spanning over four decades, including conversations with Maya Angelou, Carl Sagan, Martin Luther King Jr., Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Muhammad Ali, and countless other prominent cultural and intellectual figures. The project will also produce curriculum materials that can be used alongside the recordings in an educational setting.
NEH will support the ongoing documentation of the past through interviews with a grant to Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana. A new project by the college’s humanities faculty will train students in oral history methods as they document the stories of aging members of the Crow tribe.
A research fellowship will fund a study of Kurdish nationalism by Southern Methodist University professor Sabri Ates. The project will explore the absence of an independent or autonomous Kurdistan and will draw on sources in many different languages and from a wide range of humanities fields.
Xavier University of Louisiana will be able to create a disaster plan thanks to a preservation grant from NEH. The new plan will allow the university to protect the historical and literary treasures in its special collections, including a handwritten poem by Frederick Douglass and one of the few remaining original copies of the first anthology of African-American poetry published in the United States.”
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