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AB-50120-12Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and UniversitiesLincoln University, PennsylvaniaLincoln University of Pennsylvania's Global Heritage and Legacy: a Humanities Initiative1/1/2012 - 6/30/2015$100,000.00Marilyn ButtonChiekde IhejirikaLincoln University, PennsylvaniaLincoln UniversityPA19352-9141USA2011African American StudiesHumanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and UniversitiesEducation Programs10000001000000

A two-year program of study, framed by two conferences, in which ten faculty would conduct research and develop teaching modules on Lincoln University's diasporic heritage.

"Lincoln University of Pennsylvania's Global Heritage and Legacy" consists of a two-year program of study, framed by two conferences, in which ten faculty members conduct research and develop teaching modules on Lincoln University's diasporic heritage. This project seeks to revive the humanities at what has become an increasingly science-dominated institution. It does so by shaping a program that harnesses Lincoln University's distinctive history as the first institution of higher learning for African Americans (1854), ample legacy of prominent graduates, and ongoing connections with Africa and the Caribbean. Lincoln University taught Liberian boys beginning in 1873 and, nearly a century later, students from the Caribbean and emerging African nations. It graduated the first president of independent Nigeria and the first prime minister of Ghana. Lincoln University's distinctive humanities alumni include Langston Hughes of the Harlem Renaissance; the late writer and musician Gil Scott Heron; Larry Neal, founder of the Black Arts Movement; and film historian Donald Bogle. The program opens with a four-day summer institute with topics including "Lincoln University poets and their impact on the world; the University's impact on African history and Africa's impact on the University; the University and the Civil Rights Movement; and Frederick Douglass as a catalyzing figure for humanities studies." Sessions also introduce faculty to the university's online archives and collection of African art. During the following academic year, ten core faculty, selected through competition, conduct research and develop course modules that build on the institute topics and university resources. They present this work at a two-day humanities conference in the fall of 2013. Though the summer institute and fall conference are be open to all faculty and the general public, priority for the core faculty would be given to those who teach first-year students in order to maximize the program's impact.

AQ-51033-14Education Programs: Enduring Questions: Pilot Course GrantsCUNY Research Foundation, John Jay CollegeNEH Enduring Questions Course on the Nature of Friendship5/1/2014 - 12/31/2015$22,000.00Olivera Jokic   CUNY Research Foundation, John Jay CollegeNew YorkNY10019-1007USA2014Gender StudiesEnduring Questions: Pilot Course GrantsEducation Programs22000021994.10

The development of an undergraduate course on friendship.

The development of an undergraduate course on friendship. Olivera Jokic, an assistant professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, develops and teaches a course that examines the nature of friendship from a variety of perspectives. The course begins by looking at how writers from several time periods and cultures have represented friendship and then considers whether friendships are a function of culture. Next, the course turns to the question of whether friendship is a common good or is motivated by self-interest, and examines the ways that gender and gender roles might influence friendship. The final section of the course investigates the relationship between friendship, difference and equality, and distance, including the role that technologies like Facebook play in developing and maintaining friendships. Course readings include Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Plato's Phaedrus and Lysis, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Jane Austen's Persuasion, Zadie Smith's White Teeth, Oscar Wilde's De Profundis; essays by Vine Deloria, John Stuart Mill, and Michel de Montaigne; and poetry by Sappho, Li Bai and Du Fu, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes. Readings are supplemented by the viewing and discussion of such films as Some Like it Hot, 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days (from Romania), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Thelma and Louise, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Throughout the course, students keep a journal of their reactions to the readings, produce midterm analytical projects related to course readings and discussions, and create final exhibits about friendships that are displayed on campus.

BH-50462-11Education Programs: Landmarks of American History and Culture for K-12 EducatorsGilder Lehrman Institute of American HistoryEmpire City: New York from 1877-200110/1/2011 - 12/31/2012$158,969.20KennethT.JacksonKarenE.MarkoeGilder Lehrman Institute of American HistoryNew YorkNY10036-5900USA2011U.S. HistoryLandmarks of American History and Culture for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs158969.201589690

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers using New York City landmarks to illuminate local and national history since 1877.

"Empire City: New York from 1877-2001" consists of two one-week NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops held during summer 2012 for eighty school teachers using New York City landmarks to illuminate major themes in local and national history since 1877. The workshops use lectures, discussions, and site visits to situate New York City within broader urban history and American history. Co-directors are Kenneth Jackson (Columbia University) and Karen Markoe (State University of New York, Maritime College). The program opens with consideration of Manhattan's rise to national dominance after the Civil War, followed by a walking tour of Central Park and visit to the New-York Historical Society, where Sandra Trenholm (Gilder Lehrman Collection) guides participants in working with primary documents. Day two's focus on Gilded Age New York includes prizewinning biographer David Nasaw (Graduate Center of City University of New York) on "Andrew Carnegie and His Gospel of Wealth," and a visit to magnate Henry Clay Frick's mansion. To explore immigration, participants read Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Lives and E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime, then experience immigrant neighborhoods including Five Points, Little Italy, and Chinatown. The program also addresses the "Black Metropolis," including visits to Harlem and the Bronx as well as readings from Langston Hughes and Ralph Ellison. On the final day of the workshop, Joshua Freeman (Queens College) covers the transition from industrial to service and residential use, as seen in the Meat Packing District. Concluding the site visit at Ground Zero, project director Kenneth Jackson discusses the local and national effects of 9/11.

BH-50464-11Education Programs: Landmarks of American History and Culture for K-12 EducatorsChicago Metro History Education CenterRenaissance in the Black Metropolis: Chicago, 1930s-1950s10/1/2011 - 12/31/2012$176,592.00Lisa OppenheimErik GellmanChicago Metro History Education CenterChicagoIL60610-3305USA2011U.S. HistoryLandmarks of American History and Culture for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs1765920176345.220

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the Chicago Black Renaissance of the 1930s to 1950s.

"Renaissance in the Black Metropolis: Chicago, 1930s-1950s" consists of two one-week NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops held during summer 2012 for eighty school teachers on the Chicago Black Renaissance of the 1930s to 1950s. The workshops explore the cultural, social, economic, and political experience of Chicago's "Black Metropolis" and are led by Chicago Metro History Education Center's Lisa Oppenheim. NEH Summer Scholars learn about Great Depression Chicago and significant figures such as Margaret Burroughs, Charles White, Langston Hughes, John Johnson, Claude Barnett, Vivian Harsh, and St. Clair Drake. Historian Darlene Clark Hine (Northwestern University) leads off the scholarly program by setting out the context for and significance of the Chicago Black Renaissance. In a session at the Chicago Bee's former offices, Adam Green (University of Chicago) discusses the role of black journalism in the community. The South Side Community Art Center provides both site and subject for a lecture by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee (Spelman College Museum of Fine Art), followed by a visit to the DuSable Museum. Co-director Erik Gellman (Roosevelt University) and Lionel Kimble (Chicago State University) address labor and politics, with sites including the former United Packinghouse Workers union office and the Pullman Porters Museum, where participants learn about the predominantly African-American Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. The end of the week features Jacqueline Goldsby (New York University) on literature, including writers Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, and Gwendolyn Brooks; Davarian Baldwin (Trinity College) on the meaning of Chicago's music; and an extended afternoon of archival work at the Harsh Collection for AfroAmerican History and Culture.

BH-50600-13Education Programs: Landmarks of American History and Culture for K-12 EducatorsFairfield UniversityDuke Ellington and American Popular Culture10/1/2013 - 12/31/2014$177,340.00LauraR.Nash   Fairfield UniversityFairfieldCT06824-5195USA2013Film History and CriticismLandmarks of American History and Culture for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs1773400169164.740

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on Duke Ellington and his world.

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on Duke Ellington and his world. This workshop illuminates the life and music of Duke Ellington (1899-1974) in cultural and historical context, using eight compositions (including "Mood Indigo" and "Take the 'A' Train") as "anchor works" for the week's study. Under the direction of music professor Laura Nash, participants engage with Ellington's work and his world through lectures, discussions, hands-on musical participation, and two all-day visits to historic and cultural sites in New York City. Taking the A train to Harlem, participants visit the Sugar Hill Historic District, where Ellington lived, and are guided on a private tour of the National Jazz Museum by Executive Director Loren Schoenberg. The second day trip to New York features the resources of Jazz at Lincoln Center with curator Phil Schaap. Participants explore the role of Ellington's radio and television broadcasts at the Paley Media Center with Jim Shanahan (Boston University) and learn about Ellington's long form music at Carnegie Hall, where "Black, Brown, and Beige" premiered in 1943. A jazz show at Birdland Jazz Club and a performance of swing dance music conclude the day visits to New York. In Fairfield, historian and director of Black Studies Yohuru Williams provides relevant grounding in twentieth-century African-American history and addresses intersections of race and popular culture. During the days on campus, music professor and bassist Brian Torff leads a specially assembled live big band in presentations and performances to give participants direct experience with the anchor works and with improvisation, as well as opportunities for discussion with band members. Workshop guest faculty include jazz critic and journalist Gary Giddins; educator and composer David Berger (Juilliard), who transcribed and edited the majority of Ellington's works; and Monsignor John Sanders, trombonist and librarian for the Ellington Orchestra, who shares his first-hand knowledge of playing, working, and traveling with Ellington, and of developing the Ellington archives. Prior to and during the workshop, participants read Ellington's Music is My Mistress; Harvey Cohen's Duke Ellington's America; John Edward Hasse's Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington; and Mark Tucker's The Duke Ellington Reader. They also have access to a password-protected website with Ellington recordings, sheet music, and video clips.

CH-50421-07Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsAmerican Musicological Society, Inc.Publishing Musicologal Research in the 21st Century12/1/2005 - 7/31/2011$240,000.00AnneW.Robertson   American Musicological Society, Inc.New YorkNY10012-1502USA2006Music History and CriticismChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs02400000240000

Endowment for publication subventions and an award program in musicology as well as fund-raising costs.

The American Musicological Society seeks an NEH challenge grant of $240,000, which with a 4:1 match will yield $1,200,000. These funds will endow four publication-related initiatives of the Society. The bulk of the funds ($900,000) will create a new subvention supporting the publication of first books by young scholars, whose work often represents the cutting edge of scholarly research, but whose careers are often at their most fragile or challenging point. The remainder will go primarily to existing publication subvention programs, supporting musicological books more generally ($125,000) as well as a monograph series sponsored by the Society ($100,000). These subventions aim to optimize the quality of the best scholarly books on music while keeping their prices affordable. Finally, we propose a new award for books on music in American culture ($50,000), a vital area of musical research that appeals to the broadest literary and musical public.

ED-50241-03Education Programs: Education Development and DemonstrationCUNY Research Foundation, LaGuardia Community CollegeThe African Roots of Latin Music9/1/2003 - 6/30/2004$24,576.00Ana Maria Hernandez   CUNY Research Foundation, LaGuardia Community CollegeLong Island CityNY11101-3007USA2003Latin American StudiesEducation Development and DemonstrationEducation Programs245760245760

The development of curricular modules that explore the integration of African musical traditions into Caribbean culture and their influences on American music in the twentieth century.

ER-21461-91Education Programs: NEH Teacher-Scholar ProgramJohn E. MurphyVisible Men: The Artistry of Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, and August Wilson9/1/1991 - 6/30/1992$28,500.00JohnE.Murphy   Heman G. Stark Youth Training SchoolChinoCA91710-9148USA1991American LiteratureNEH Teacher-Scholar ProgramEducation Programs285000285000

No project description available

ER-21825-93Education Programs: NEH Teacher-Scholar ProgramMichele M. RodgersTemples for Tomorrow: The Artistry of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston9/1/1993 - 6/30/1994$30,500.00MicheleM.Rodgers   Secondary SchoolPhiladelphiaPA19150USA1993Literature, GeneralNEH Teacher-Scholar ProgramEducation Programs305000255000

No project description available

ES-250805-16Education Programs: Institutes for K-12 EducatorsUniversity of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.Teaching the "Long Hot Summer" of 1967 and Beyond: Racial Disturbances in Recent US History10/1/2016 - 12/31/2017$180,247.00ShawnLeighAlexander   University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.LawrenceKS66045-3101USA2016African American HistoryInstitutes for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs1802470156391.310

A three-week summer institute for thirty schoolteachers on the urban riots of 1967, placed in a broad historical context.

The Langston Hughes Center proposes a three-week institute in June 2017 for thirty secondary teachers to study race, urban communities, and civil disturbances in historical context. It will feature a broad humanities outlook to place events in 1967 in perspective, utilizing an interdisciplinary faculty with differing viewpoints and diverse racial and gender identities, making connections between prior incidents and today. The institute will encourage teachers to think about the events and issues affecting their students from multiple viewpoints, becoming familiar with primary and secondary texts as well as innovative humanities-based strategies for engaging critical subject matter about race and conflict. Under the guidance of institute scholars, participants will develop web-based portfolios that include lesson plans suitable for their home institutions.

FA-10738-73Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersArna W. BontempsAuthorized Biography of Langston Hughes9/1/1973 - 8/31/1974$18,000.00ArnaW.Bontemps   Fisk UniversityNashvilleTN37208-3051USA1973Cultural HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs180000180000

To write the biography of Langston Hughes, Black American novelist, playwright and essayist. P.I. has been co-author of several works with Mr. Hughes and was delegated in Mr. Hughes' will to write the authorized biography.

FA-53201-07Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersPenny Marie Von EschenBlack Artists on a World Stage9/1/2007 - 8/31/2008$40,000.00PennyMarieVon Eschen   Regents of the University of MichiganAnn ArborMI48109-1382USA2006American StudiesFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs400000400000

"Soul Call" explores the transnational and cross-genre artistic collaborations of a generation of black artists including choreographer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham, jazz composer and band leader Duke Ellington, and writer Langston Hughes. Drawing on Michael Warner’s Public and Counter Publics, I argue that the generative performances of these artists helped call into being a new public culture of modernity over decades of the circulation of their art through multiple venues and various shifting industries, from clubs through Hollywood films and shorts. Exploring the transnational as well as cross-genre collaborations of these artists offers another way of imagining interdisciplinary work at an earlier stage.

FA-53972-08Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersDavid Evan ChinitzLangston Hughes's Middle Way1/1/2008 - 12/31/2008$50,400.00DavidEvanChinitz   Loyola University, ChicagoChicagoIL60611-2147USA2007American LiteratureFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

I propose to complete a book manuscript on the African-American poet Langston Hughes. The book will show how, with regard to various aesthetic problems and ethical dilemmas that confronted him, Hughes strove to navigate between extremes that threatened his art, his integrity, and his unique public status as the literary voice of ordinary African Americans. My project thus lies at the intersection of ethics and aesthetics. Chapters address Hughes's ambivalent mastery of political compromise; his interventions in the shifting definition of "authentic blackness"; his engagement with the popular primitivism of the 1920s; and his effort to satisfy together the sometimes-conflicting demands of poetry and folk art.

FB-36115-99Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsEmily E. BernardBlack Anxiety, White Influence: Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance7/1/1999 - 6/30/2000$30,000.00EmilyE.Bernard   Trustees of Smith CollegeNorthamptonMA01060-2916USA1999American StudiesFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs300000300000

No project description available

FB-51868-05Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsLesley Madeleine WheelerSound and Presence in American Poetry, 1925 to the Present7/1/2005 - 6/30/2006$40,000.00LesleyMadeleineWheeler   Washington and Lee UniversityLexingtonVA24450-2116USA2004American LiteratureFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

The metaphor of voice haunts American poetry and criticism, yet no consensus exists on its meaning. This study, ranging from the margins of modernism to the twenty-first century, proves the term’s resonance and clarifies the debate. Voice remains a crucial word in the poetic vocabulary not despite but because of its ambiguity—poets and readers deploy it to conjure community, emphasize the pleasures of sound, and manipulate the promise of original expression. I investigate the construction and subversion of voice through the works of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Langston Hughes, James Merrill, Denise Duhamel, Maureen Seaton, and others. Framing chapters read live performances and probe the relationship between oral and print cultures.

FB-52226-06Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsMarcy S SacksJoe Louis at the Crossroads of America8/1/2006 - 5/31/2007$40,000.00MarcySSacks   Albion CollegeAlbionMI49224-1831USA2005U.S. HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

Joe Louis's life story illuminates many of the profound social transformations of twentieth-century America, including the Great Migration, industrialization, the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Power movement. My study will become the first comprehensive biography yet written about Joe Louis, a man who not only provided hope to millions of black Americans but who became a hero (perhaps the first black hero) of white America. Yet his story reveals the intractability of race; even as an icon to whites, Louis could not overcome the persistent white belief in black inferiority.

FB-55474-11Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsLiesl Marie OlsonChicago Makes Modernism1/1/2011 - 12/31/2011$50,400.00LieslMarieOlson   Board of Trustees of the University of IllinoisChicagoIL60610-3305USA2010Literature, GeneralFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs504000504000

My book places Chicago at the center of a new modernist geography. Based upon archival research, my book focuses on writers, artists, institutions, and cultural advocates during the early twentieth century when Chicago was a center for the production of modernist art and literature. I examine key publications launched in Chicago like Harriet Monroe's POETRY magazine and Margaret Anderson's LITTLE REVIEW and I also take account of equally important yet overlooked figures, many of them women, who helped expose modernism to a wide public audience. These figures (among many) include Alice Roullier, a curator who coolly negotiated radical and challenging exhibits, and Fanny Butcher, the longtime literary editor of the Chicago Tribune. I consider why Chicago's "middlebrow" readers embraced the most experimental writers and artists of the era. I show how Chicago has always maximized connections between art and industry, becoming a city where lines of track merged to meet and make modernism.

FEL-273781-21Research Programs: FellowshipsJang Wook Huh“Afro-Korean” Encounters: The Literary Intersections of Black Liberation Struggles in the U.S. and Anticolonial Movements in Korea, 1910-19537/1/2021 - 6/30/2022$60,000.00Jang Wook Huh   University of WashingtonSeattleWA98105-6613USA2020East Asian StudiesFellowshipsResearch Programs600000600000

Research and writing of a book on the interaction between Korean and African American authors from 1910 to 1953 on topics of discrimination, colonialism, and freedom.

My project examines the radical interactions between African Americans and Koreans in the twentieth century. Drawing on a diverse range of archives, including U.S. missionary documents, declassified government files, and military records, as well as literary and cultural texts, my scholarly monograph argues for political connections between Black liberation struggles in the United States and anticolonial movements in Korea that resisted Japanese colonization (1910-1945) and U.S. military intervention (1945-1953). Through readings of Black writers and activists, and of Korean writers and intellectuals, my work highlights literary experimentations concerned with U.S. racial discrimination and Asian colonial subjugation to challenge the Japanese and U.S. empires. By bridging African American and Korean studies, I show how people of color invoke narratives of human freedom beyond national borders through shared notions of dispossession.

FEL-283045-22Research Programs: FellowshipsLetitia GuranWalking on a Tightrope of Words : Langston Hughes’s Re-writings on Race in the Soviet Union and the U.S.7/1/2022 - 6/30/2023$60,000.00Letitia Guran   University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillNC27599-1350USA2021African American StudiesFellowshipsResearch Programs600000600000

Research and writing leading to a digital monograph on the writing, publishing history, and reception of Langston Hughes’s A Negro Looks at Soviet Central Asia (1934).

The digital book I propose is an on online, open-access original contribution to the body of knowledge on Langston Hughes, designed for scholars as well as for the general public. It will expand existing resources by revealing Hughes’s prominence in the struggle for racial equality and social justice leading up to the Civil Rights movement.

FEL-294951-24Research Programs: FellowshipsMaziyar FaridiRhythms of Relation: Decolonizing Identity in Iranian Modernism8/1/2024 - 7/31/2025$60,000.00Maziyar Faridi   Clemson UniversityClemsonSC29634-0001USA2023Comparative LiteratureFellowshipsResearch Programs600000600000

Writing of a book on how authors in Iran during the Pahlavi dynasty negotiated their place vis-a-vis Iranian literary history, the Persian language, and the allure of global Modernism.

This monograph foregrounds a poetics of non-identity at the intersection of Iranian and global modernism (1922-1979). Beginning with modern Persian poetry in the 1920s, I trace the transformation of “standard” poetic language through its translational dialogues with global modernist poetry and the rediscovery of a seventeenth-century style of poetry from the Persianate Mughal courts of India. At a time when the state advocated a racially motivated fiction of linguistic purity to consolidate an Iranian (Aryan) identity, this deviation from the poetic norms challenged the hegemony of Persian as a national language. It also produced a transnational network between Iranian poets and internationalist poets such as Langston Hughes. Drawing on archival research in Iran and France, I then argue that this critique of identity transformed the language of Iranian cinema primarily through the works of the poet-filmmakers Férydoun Rahnéma and Forugh Farrokhzad in the 1960s.

FF-10288-74Fellowships and Seminars: Special Fellowships ProgramsCarolyn FowlerLangston Hughes, Jacques Roumain and Nicolas Guillen: A Study in Comparative Black Literature9/1/1974 - 8/31/1975$8,750.00Carolyn Fowler   Clark Atlanta UniversityAtlantaGA30314-4358USA1974African American StudiesSpecial Fellowships ProgramsFellowships and Seminars8750087500

To make a comparative study of the works of the three Black writers: Langston Hughes, the American poet, novelist and playwright, Jacques Roumain, the Haitian poet and novelist, and Nicholas Guillen, the Cuban poet and journalist. The field of comparative Black literature has been relatively unexplored.

FI-25982-93Fellowships and Seminars: Younger Scholars, 2/86 - 2/95Gail S. BayarinIn the Struggle Lies the Joy: Reflections of William H. Johnson and Langston Hughes6/1/1993 - 8/31/1993$2,000.00GailS.Bayarin   Secondary SchoolValley StreamNY11581USA1993African American StudiesYounger Scholars, 2/86 - 2/95Fellowships and Seminars2000020000

No project description available

FI-26111-93Fellowships and Seminars: Younger Scholars, 2/86 - 2/95Mendi D. S. LewisThe Black Experience in the Voices of Nicolas Guillen and Langston Hughes6/1/1993 - 1/31/1994$2,400.00Mendi D.S.Lewis   Spelman CollegeAtlantaGA30314-4399USA1993Comparative LiteratureYounger Scholars, 2/86 - 2/95Fellowships and Seminars2400024000

No project description available

FI-26624-94Fellowships and Seminars: Younger Scholars, 2/86 - 2/95Alyssa P. WrightThe Blues Tradition in the Poetry of Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, and Michael Harper6/1/1994 - 8/31/1994$2,100.00AlyssaP.Wright   Secondary SchoolCranfordNJ07016USA1994African American StudiesYounger Scholars, 2/86 - 2/95Fellowships and Seminars2100021000

No project description available

FI-27845-95Fellowships and Seminars: Younger Scholars, 2/86 - 2/95Cleofus GrantArtist and Citizen: The Two Worlds of Langston Hughes6/1/1995 - 8/31/1995$2,100.00Cleofus Grant   Secondary SchoolOntarioCA91761USA1995American LiteratureYounger Scholars, 2/86 - 2/95Fellowships and Seminars2100021000

No project description available

FT-12504-75Research Programs: Summer StipendsRonald B. Miller"To Be a Composer": Theme, Imagery, and Structure in Langston Hughes6/1/1975 - 8/31/1975$2,000.00RonaldB.Miller   Haverford CollegeHaverfordPA19041-1392USA1975American LiteratureSummer StipendsResearch Programs2000020000

Study will be an important contribution to Black American letters. To date there is only one book--James Emanuel's--which focuses on Hughes. It is an extremely condensed analysis of the writer. Hughes authored more than 35 books. To write three articles in a series that will include eventually five: (1) "No Crystal Stair":Archetype Unity, and Symbol in Hughes's Poems on Women," (2) "To Be a Composer,": Hughes and the Triumph of Music and Art," (3) "Done Made Us Leave Our Home": Functions of Hughes's Traditional Image," (4) The Rock and the Bible: Hughes's Christian and Folk Myth," and (5) "As I Grew Older": Hughes and a Romantic Opposition--Innocence and Experience.

FT-22994-82Research Programs: Summer StipendsYves AugusteThe Impact of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance on Black Francophone Literature, with Emphasis on Haiti5/1/1982 - 9/30/1982$2,500.00Yves Auguste   Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeNJ07079-2697USA1982Comparative LiteratureSummer StipendsResearch Programs2500025000

No project description available

FT-291450-23Research Programs: Summer StipendsVictoria PapaAesthetics of Survival: Counternarratives of Trauma in American Modernist Literature6/1/2023 - 7/31/2023$6,000.00Victoria Papa   Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsNorth AdamsMA01247-4124USA2023American LiteratureSummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

Research and writing of a monograph examining how early twentieth century American authors expand representations of trauma.

Almost one-hundred years ago, modernists writing from the margins of a literary movement—or those who wrote about race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability—provided a counternarrative to the dominant psychoanalytic theory of trauma. “Aesthetics of Survival: Counternarratives of Trauma in American Modernist Literature” traces this alternative history to argue that American authors of the 1920s to 1940s—including Richard Bruce Nugent, Langston Hughes, H.D, Lola Ridge, Djuna Barnes, and Zora Neale Hurston—wrote out of the experience of social injustice to expand representations of trauma. Rather than locate trauma in major catastrophe, sudden accidents, and the imminent threat of physical death, as Sigmund Freud did in his work, these writers depict the impact of durational, intersectional, and collective violences to ultimately emphasize resiliency in the face of oppression.

FT-29713-87Research Programs: Summer StipendsTish DaceLangston Hughes: The American Critical Reception5/1/1987 - 9/30/1987$3,500.00Tish Dace   University of Massachusetts, DartmouthNorth DartmouthMA02747-2356USA1987African American StudiesSummer StipendsResearch Programs3500035000

No project description available

FT-43122-98Research Programs: Summer StipendsDavid Chioni MooreRecovering Langston Hughes' 1934 Moscow-Published Book A NEGRO LOOKS AT SOVIET CENTRAL ASIA5/1/1998 - 9/30/1998$4,000.00DavidChioniMoore   Macalester CollegeSt. PaulMN55105-1899USA1998Comparative LiteratureSummer StipendsResearch Programs4000040000

No project description available

FT-52660-04Research Programs: Summer StipendsDavid Evan ChinitzLangston Hughes's "Bricks of Compromise"6/1/2004 - 7/31/2004$5,000.00DavidEvanChinitz   Loyola University, ChicagoChicagoIL60611-2147USA2004Literature, GeneralSummer StipendsResearch Programs5000050000

I propose to develop an article on Langston Hughes’s negotiations with political and ethical compromise. Always ambivalent about the virtue of compromise, Hughes nevertheless developed into a master of that unglamorous art, and my essay will show the effects of compromise in his poetry and prose as he responded to the challenges he faced as an African-American public intellectual. This essay draws together my published articles on Hughes and a piece now in progress, all of which show how Hughes labored to steer between various extremes. Ultimately I intend to synthesize this work in a book on Hughes’s "middle way" in ethics and aesthetics.

FT-60655-13Research Programs: Summer StipendsBabacar MbayeBlack Diasporan and West African Francophone Intellectuals, 1914-19666/1/2013 - 7/31/2013$6,000.00Babacar Mbaye   Kent State UniversityKentOH44242-0001USA2013African American StudiesSummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

My book explores the connections between a selected group of black diasporan and West African Francophone intellectuals whose published and (or) archived writings allow us to study their little-known involvement in major historical forces such as World War I, World War II, the 1955 Bandung Conference, the 1956 Congress of Black Writers in Paris, and the 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar. Studying these writings, I trace the roots of black diasporan and West African Francophone solidarity against colonialism and racism between 1914 and 1966. Focusing on the African Americans (W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Mercer Cook), Caribbeans (Marcus Garvey and Aime Cesaire), and Francophone West Africans (the Senegalese Blaise Diagne, Leopold S. Senghor, and Alioune Diop, the Beninese Kojo T. Houenou, and the Ivorian Bernard Dadie), I show how the historical experiences tested the resilience of the black thinkers against oppression and their ties with one another.

GL-21032-90Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Libraries and ArchivesLincoln University, PennsylvaniaLangston Hughes: The Man and the Writer10/1/1990 - 12/31/1991$15,000.00Emery Wimbish   Lincoln University, PennsylvaniaLincoln UniversityPA19352-9141USA1990African American StudiesHumanities Projects in Libraries and ArchivesPublic Programs150000118190

To support planning for three symposia, an exhibition, and discussion programs based on the life and work of Langston Hughes, using as texts dramatic, musical, and film productions and books by and about Hughes.

GL-21107-91Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Libraries and ArchivesLincoln University, PennsylvaniaLangston Hughes: The Man and the Writer: Conference and Lecture-Discussion Series10/1/1991 - 11/30/1993$70,000.00Emery Wimbish   Lincoln University, PennsylvaniaLincoln UniversityPA19352-9141USA1991American LiteratureHumanities Projects in Libraries and ArchivesPublic Programs700000699790

To support a variety of programs that will examine the life and work of African-American poet and author Langston Hughes.

GL-21358-95Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Libraries and ArchivesLincoln University, PennsylvaniaLanguage and Performance in the Poetry and Drama of Langston Hughes3/1/1995 - 1/31/1996$12,000.00Emery Wimbish   Lincoln University, PennsylvaniaLincoln UniversityPA19352-9141USA1995Literature, GeneralHumanities Projects in Libraries and ArchivesPublic Programs12000074060

To support planning for a conference, lecture series, and performance discussion about the relationship of folklore and performance to the African- American experience as reflected in the works of Langston Hughes, 1902-1967.

GN-*0492-81Public Programs: Humanities Projects in MediaFaith Berry and AssociatesThe Legacy of Langston Hughes2/1/1981 - 7/31/1981$29,030.00FaithD.Berry   Faith Berry and AssociatesMcLeanVA22102USA1980American LiteratureHumanities Projects in MediaPublic Programs29030027963.140

To support a 90-minute film treatment on the life, work and legacy of the American author Langston Hughes emphasizing the connections between his life and work and placing him within the context of American and European cultural development of the time.

GN-22094-84Public Programs: Humanities Projects in MediaNew York Center for Visual HistoryVoices & Visions: The World and Work of American Poets (Scripting: TV Documentary)10/1/1984 - 6/30/1986$150,000.00Lawrence Pitkethly   New York Center for Visual HistoryNew YorkNY10013-3152USA1984American LiteratureHumanities Projects in MediaPublic Programs15000001500000

To support the scripting for three individual one-hour television documentarieson American poets Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, and Robert Lowell and a one-hour composite program on Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Hayden.

GN-22504-86Public Programs: Humanities Projects in MediaNew York Center for Visual HistoryVoices and Visions8/1/1985 - 9/30/1986$425,000.00LawrenceO.Pitkethly   New York Center for Visual HistoryNew YorkNY10013-3152USA1985American LiteratureHumanities Projects in MediaPublic Programs3500007500035000075000

To support the production of one film on Langston Hughes as part of a 13-part series for PBS on the world and work of American poets.

GP-22256-01Public Programs: Special ProjectsUniversity of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.Speaking of Rivers: Taking Poetry to the People9/1/2001 - 2/28/2002$40,500.00Maryemma Graham   University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.LawrenceKS66045-3101USA2001American LiteratureSpecial ProjectsPublic Programs405000405000

Planning for a series of programs focusing on the poetry of Langston Hughes to take place in 2002 in commemoration of the centennial of his birth.

GP-50042-03Public Programs: Special ProjectsUniversity of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.Speaking of Rivers: Taking Poetry to the People9/1/2003 - 12/31/2005$224,959.00Maryemma Graham   University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.LawrenceKS66045-3101USA2003American LiteratureSpecial ProjectsPublic Programs22495902249590

Implementation of poetry and book discussion programs and a website examining the writings and legacy of Langston Hughes at 20 sites in nine states and the District of Columbia.

HB-289058-23Research Programs: Awards for FacultyGeneva M. GanoRevolutionary Forms: U.S. Literary Modernism and the Mexican Vogue, 1910-19409/1/2023 - 8/31/2024$60,000.00GenevaM.Gano   Texas State University - San MarcosSan MarcosTX78666-4684USA2022American LiteratureAwards for FacultyResearch Programs600000600000

Research and writing for a book arguing that the arts of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) influenced Modernist literature in the United States. 

This scholarly monograph argues that the impact of the Mexican Revolution on the development of modernist literature in the United States was primary and definitive. This wide-ranging, transborder study frames U.S. literary modernism within an American, hemispheric context rather than the Eurocentric paradigm that has long dominated the field. A hemispheric approach to modernist studies highlights a distinctive set of formal and thematic elements. These texts emphasize radical (leftist) political ideologies, celebrate indigeneity and the “folk,” employ a mode of “romantic realism,” rely on simple, lyrical poetic expressions, and are oriented toward a wide and diverse general public instead of a coterie of learned sophisticates. This book examines U.S. writers and artists including Katherine Anne Porter, Anita Brenner, Edward Weston, Lynn Riggs (Cherokee), and Langston Hughes alongside Mexican ones including Mariano Azuela, José Clemente Orozco, and Nellie Campobello. 

PG-233754-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsRosenbach of the Free Library of PhiladelphiaEnvironmental Monitoring Upgrades for Historic Rosenbach Collections1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$3,715.00KatherineH.Haas   Rosenbach of the Free Library of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPA19103-6510USA2015Cultural HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access3715037150

Upgraded environmental monitoring equipment for the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  The Rosenbach, which affiliated with the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2013, holds the personal collection of rare book, manuscript, and art dealers Dr. A.S.W. and his brother Philip Rosenbach, who helped to build the holdings at the Folger and Huntington Libraries.  Notable items include the sole surviving copy of Benjamin Franklin’s first Poor Richard’s Almanac; the manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses; the papers of modernist poet Marianne Moore; Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula; rare editions of books by Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, and Lewis Carroll; and art objects including Egyptian sculpture, English furniture, and American portraiture.  The museum hosts many activities for the public, including regular exhibitions, hands-on tours, reading groups, a Bloomsday celebration, and research hours.  The organization has also partnered with local elementary schools, inspiring projects such as studying the Yellow Fever epidemic, learning about poetry through the letters of Langston Hughes, and military base students writing to their own deployed family members after reading Civil War soldiers’ letters to their families.  A 2006 PAG supported the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, but those data loggers are no longer accurate and cannot be recalibrated.  This equipment would be replaced with new models and a calibrator, based on recommendations from a 2011 risk assessment.

The Rosenbach was founded in the first half of the twentieth century by Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach and his brother Philip, preeminent dealers in rare books. The brothers' personal collection features treasures that they were unable to part with, including the only surviving copy of Benjamin Franklin's first Poor Richard's Almanac and the manuscript of James Joyce's Ulysses. The Rosenbach is home to a collection of nearly 400,000 rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative art objects, including some of the best-known literary and historical objects in the world. The Rosenbach requests funds to improve environmental monitoring equipment, including new data loggers to monitor temperature and humidity, and testing equipment. These tools will help maintain appropriate and stable environmental conditions for the objects in the collection. Monitoring environmental conditions has a direct impact on the long-term preservation of the Rosenbach's collections and the ability to exhibit them safely.

PG-271716-20Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsAcademy of American PoetsAcademy of American Poets Archive9/1/2020 - 9/30/2021$10,000.00Jennifer Benka   Academy of American PoetsNew YorkNY10038-4610USA2020Literature, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access100000100000

A preservation assessment of the archives of the Academy of American Poets, founded in 1934 and with members in all 50 states. The assessment would enable the organization to prioritize collection care and access in advance of its 90th anniversary in 2024. The collection of over 500 linear feet dates from its establishment to the present and includes writings and correspondence of notable American poets, such as E. E. Cummings, Lucille Clifton, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and Sylvia Plath, as well as issues of the organization’s magazine, American Poets, photographs of poets, and audio recordings of poetry readings.

The Academy of American Poets seeks $10,000 to support our hiring a consultant to assess our unique collection so we might ensure its preservation and prepare to make it available to the public.

PG-50144-07Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsLincoln University, PennsylvaniaGeneral Survey and Pilot Project--Lincoln University Audiotape Collection1/1/2007 - 6/30/2008$1,600.00Susan Pevar   Lincoln University, PennsylvaniaLincoln UniversityPA19352-9141USA2006Archival Management and ConservationPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access1600016000

A preservation survey of a collection of 200 audiotapes that document the Civil Rights Movement and other activities from the 1950s through the 1980s at Pennsylvania's only historically black university, founded in 1854.

This project will be the first step in preserving and broadening access to Lincoln University's collection of audiotapes of campus events housed in Special Collections of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library. Lincoln University of Pennsylvania was founded by whites in the mid-nineteenth century, before emancipation, to educate free black men. During its first century Lincoln University was the alma mater of poet Langston Hughes, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and African leaders Kwame Nkrumah and Nnamdi Azikiwe, among others. It shifted to coeducational in the mid-twentieth century, in the wake of national desegregation. The audiotapes complement materials in the Lincoln University archives such as print publications and manuscripts.

PG-52272-14Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsLincoln University, PennsylvaniaPreservation Plan for The Lincoln University Special Collections and Archives1/1/2014 - 6/30/2015$6,000.00Sophia Sotilleo   Lincoln University, PennsylvaniaLincoln UniversityPA19352-9141USA2013Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A preservation assessment and development of a preservation plan for the special collections and archives of Lincoln University, the oldest historically black university in the United States. The university's rare books, periodicals, government documents, pamphlets, video and music recordings, photographs, paintings, and other materials document African American and United States history. Examples include a significant Pan-Africanism collection of 7,742 books, 5 musical scores, 18 serials, and numerous photographs and audiovisual materials on efforts to unite African peoples throughout the diaspora, as well as archives of prominent Lincoln alumni, such as a collection of over 4,000 items on the poet Langston Hughes.

The Lincoln University requests funds to hire Thomas F.R. Clareson as a consultant to develop a preservation plan for the University's Special Collections and Archives, which hold several significant collections of extreme importance for understanding African American history and culture as well as the relationship between Lincoln, the nation, and the African continent. Within these collections are numerous rare books, unbound periodicals, unclassed government reports, serials, pamphlets, video and music recordings, photographs, paintings, and other items dating from the mid-nineteenth century through present day. These collections have been used for a wide variety of research, scholarship, educational activities, and exhibitions. Mr. Clareson will conduct a preservation site survey to assess the building condition, review the condition of the collection and storage, and consult on preservation policies and procedures for the collection.

PG-52529-15Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsLincoln University, PennsylvaniaPreservation Plan for the Lincoln University Special Collection and Archives1/1/2015 - 6/30/2016$5,893.00Sophia Sotilleo   Lincoln University, PennsylvaniaLincoln UniversityPA19352-9141USA2014Literature, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access589305892.990

The purchase of preservation supplies to hold materials from the university’s Rare Books Room, including the historical Langston Hughes Collection; and the purchase of environmental monitors and a light meter to help regulate temperature, humidity, and lighting in the library.  The project would focus on preserving the university’s African American special collections: rare books, periodicals, unclassified government reports, serials, pamphlets, recordings, photographs, and paintings. Highlights include materials on Kwame Nkrumah, a 1939 Lincoln University graduate who was the first president of Ghana, and personal papers of other notable alumni such as Thurgood Marshall and Langston Hughes.  The consultant who provided a recent preservation assessment of the collection would return to conduct a workshop on basic preservation issues for university staff.

The Lincoln University (LU) requests funds to purchase preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment to begin the process of preserving and organizing the University’s Special Collections and Archives department. LU’s Special Collections and Archives department holds several significant collections of extreme importance for understanding African American history and culture, as well as the relationship between LU, the nation, and the African continent. Within these collections are numerous rare books, unbound periodicals, video and music recordings, and other items dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. These collections have been used for a wide variety of educational activities and exhibitions. A consultant has conducted a preservation site survey to assess the condition of the building, collection and storage area, and recommended preservation policies and procedures. Our request for funds is based on the consultant’s final report submitted March 2014.

PY-253084-17Preservation and Access: Common HeritageLincoln University, PennsylvaniaPreserving the History of Lincoln University Village1/1/2017 - 6/30/2019$12,000.00Sophia Sotilleo   Lincoln University, PennsylvaniaLincoln UniversityPA19352-9141USA2016History, GeneralCommon HeritagePreservation and Access1200008341.230

A digitization day to help chronicle the history of Lincoln University, the first university for African Americans, and of Hinsonville, Pennsylvania, the town founded by free Blacks where it resides.  Many of the university’s alumni were involved in important historical moments, such as the Civil War and the Philadelphia trolley boycott.  Lincoln University would work with the Chester County Historical Society to hold the “Heritage Day.”  All digitized content would be made available to the public through the University’s website.  Public events would include walking tours of the campus, lectures by notable historians such as Henry Louis Gates, a community-wide reading campaign, and a culminating exhibit to showcase the digitized content.

This proposal addresses the critical need to document the personal, professional, and civic experiences of the people whose lives contributed to the founding of Lincoln University, PA. Descendants of residents of Hinsonville, an early settlement of free African American landowners and farmers, now Lincoln University, will be invited to bring family memorabilia—including photos, funeral programs, articles, Bibles and other family documents—to be digitized and catalogued. This "Heritage Day" will be open to the public and held in the Langston Hughes Memorial Library. It will provide participants with free digitized copies of family memorabilia and of oral interviews conducted by program consultants and students trained in oral history interview procedures. Heritage Day will be integrated with a series of genealogy and oral interview workshops, a Heritage Speakers Series, Heritage Walking tours of Lincoln University's campus and surrounding areas, and a community wide reading campaign.

RA-20063-90Research Programs: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsNational Humanities CenterFellowships at the National Humanities Center7/1/1989 - 6/30/1993$900,000.00W. Robert Connor   National Humanities CenterResearch Triangle ParkNC27709-0152USA1989Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralFellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsResearch Programs09000000896541.46

To support 12 postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities each year for three years.

RA-20189-98Research Programs: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsNew York Public LibraryScholars-in-Residence Fellowship Program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture6/1/1997 - 6/30/2001$92,383.00Howard Dodson   New York Public LibraryNew YorkNY10016-0109USA1997African American StudiesFellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsResearch Programs092383092383

To support two fellowships at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture each year for two years.

RA-259260-18Research Programs: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsNational Humanities CenterLong-term Research Fellowships at the National Humanities Center1/1/2019 - 6/30/2022$301,454.00RobertD.Newman   National Humanities CenterResearch Triangle ParkNC27709-0152USA2018Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralFellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsResearch Programs2054549600020545496000

30 months of stipend support (3-5 fellowships) per year for three years and a contribution to defray costs associated with the selection of fellows.

The National Humanities Center, an independent center exclusively devoted to advanced humanities research, seeks five nine-month fellowships for the next three-year cycle (grant period Jan. 1, 2019-June 30, 2022). Since 1978, NEH has generously supported five NHC fellowships during each granting cycle, excepting the last cycle when it supported three. Designated “NEH Fellows,” recipients of these awards are chosen through a rigorous vetting process and join a vibrant intellectual community of 35-40 total Fellows. Each works on a major research project throughout the academic year with significant support from our library staff and fellowship office. End-of-year evaluations from the roughly 1,400 Fellows who have been in residence generally describe their year at the NHC as the most inspiring and productive of their careers. The NHC focuses attention to diversity in all of its dimensions so that Fellows represent a broad range of disciplines, institutions, backgrounds and perspectives.