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AA-284562-22Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and UniversitiesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaImages Out of Time: Visual and Material Culture in a Digital Age7/1/2022 - 6/30/2025$149,968.00VanessaRuthSchwartz   University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCA90089-0012USA2021History, Criticism, and Theory of the ArtsHumanities Initiatives at Colleges and UniversitiesEducation Programs14996801499680

A three-year project creating an undergraduate curriculum in visual studies.

"Images Out of Time" is a new humanities curriculum developed in partnership with the Visual Studies Research Institute and Thematic Option Program in General Education at USC. This three-year project brings together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to study visual and material culture in periods of rapid cultural change and social upheaval. Monuments to unjust pasts; icons manifesting gods; ancient ruins in modern structures; old images restored by new technology: these images challenge linear historical narratives. Understanding how they pass through time helps us find our place between past and future. Our project enhances the humanities at USC through undergraduate courses and internships, object-based learning site visits, graduate training and mentorship, and public programming. Activities will intersect art history, religion, literature, history, and anthropology, and bridge divisions of premodern and modern, as well as European, Atlantic, and Pacific spheres.

AB-258958-18Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and UniversitiesAlbany State UniversityCreating a Museum and Heritage Studies Minor1/1/2018 - 12/31/2021$99,980.00CharlesR.Williams   Albany State UniversityAlbanyGA31705-2796USA2017Arts, GeneralHumanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and UniversitiesEducation Programs99980057724.380

Faculty development workshops leading to the establishment of a Museum and Heritage Studies Minor at Albany State University.  

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Albany State University seeks funding for the development of a multi-disciplinary minor in Museum Studies. The minor serves the common good by promoting diversification of museum fields and providing training for staff and trustees of regional organizations through open workshops with guest lecturers. Additionally, the program has the potential to supplement the regional workforce with student interns during field studies experiences. ASU is the largest HBCU in the state and geographically located to extend these opportunities to a more diverse and underserved population. The need for this initiative is two-fold: to prepare African-American students for fields involving museology, preservation and archiving, and to create career paths for humanities majors while extending opportunities in the humanities to students working in other areas of study. Finally, the Museum Studies minor is part of a larger, ongoing objective to promote the holdings of the university and the cultural institutions in the area.

AC-253409-17Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsUniversity Of HoustonActivating the Archive in Latin American and Latino Art History1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019$102,000.00RexA.Koontz   University Of HoustonHoustonTX77204-3067USA2016Art History and CriticismHumanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsEducation Programs1020000101124.850

A two-year collaborative project between the University of Houston (UH) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) to enable public and curricular use of MFAH’s International Center for the Art of the Americas resources.

"Activating the Archive" is a two-year project that brings together the University of Houston (UH) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) in a collaboration that will allow a large audience to access and study Latin American and Latino culture history and art criticism through primary documents in Spanish and English. This University-Museum collaboration focuses on what is already the most significant open-access, digital database of Latino and Latin American art history and criticism--the Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art (hereafter the "Documents Project"). Here we activate the archive through the addition of English translations, geospatial data, and Latino art journals.

AC-258966-18Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsCUNY Research Foundation, LaGuardia Community CollegeEnriching the Latin American Studies Program1/1/2018 - 12/31/2021$83,195.00Ana Maria Hernandez   CUNY Research Foundation, LaGuardia Community CollegeLong Island CityNY11101-3007USA2017Latin American StudiesHumanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsEducation Programs83195083192.580

Faculty development and the expansion of the Latin American Studies program at LaGuardia Community College.

This project will strengthen and deepen Latin American Studies at LaGuardia by providing faculty with opportunities to develop and expand their knowledge of the humanities in Latin America and thus increase and improve the range of courses offered. The Latin American Studies option is an interdisciplinary curriculum housed in the Departments of Humanities (art, music, film, philosophy, and theater), Education and Language Acquisition (modern language and literature), and Social Science (history). Expanding Latin American Studies is important at LaGuardia as forty-one percent of its student body is of Hispanic background and the majority of the college’s international students come from a Latin American or Caribbean country. Offering a curriculum that reflects the students’ diverse origins will help improve student success and increase students' engagement with the humanities.

AC-284513-22Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsWest Texas A & M UniversityForgotten Frontera: The Mexican American Southern Plains2/1/2022 - 1/31/2025$148,728.00Alex HuntKatelyn DenneyWest Texas A & M UniversityCanyonTX79016-0001USA2021Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsEducation Programs14872801487280

A curricular and co-curricular enrichment initiative focused on the cultural and historical roles of Mexican Americans in the Southern Plains region.  

The Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) at WTAMU undertakes “Forgotten Frontera: The Mexican American Southern Plains” to preserve cultural heritage and to further teaching/learning in the humanities, including Spanish language and culture, through curricular innovation, faculty development, and community outreach. To build strength in humanities through HSI status, the project emphasizes a marginalized ethnic regional history and the under-appreciated importance of that group’s contribution to regional culture. Visiting scholars will address annual topics of “The Llaneros,” “Mexicanidad,” and “Becoming Mexican American.” WTAMU faculty will develop and offer thematically aligned humanities and language courses each year. Working between the university, its museum, and the community, CSAW will oversee curricular development, discussion of HSI best practices, delivery of new research, and student internships.

AC-50169-13Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsHeritage UniversitySomos Indios, We Are Indian: Bridging Indigenous Identities1/1/2013 - 6/30/2014$74,247.00Winona Wynn   Heritage UniversityToppenishWA98948-9562USA2012Ethnic StudiesHumanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsEducation Programs742470742470

An eighteen-month curriculum development project for a new Native American and Indigenous Studies program at a Hispanic-serving institution with a large Native American student population.

Heritage University, a private, four-year Hispanic-Serving Institution located on the Yakama Indian Reservation in rural Eastern Washington, proposes an eighteen-month "Somos Indios, We are Indian: Bridging Indigenous Identities" curriculum development project. Processing themes through dialogues with invited scholars will deepen understandings of the shared socio-political histories of our Hispanic and Native American students, thereby providing a critical interdisciplinary Humanities foundation for contested identity dialogue in four key courses of a Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Program currently under development. Additionally, ten culturally-embedded course assignments or projects following the theme of "We are Indian" will be created and housed in our online Center for Intercultural Learning and Teaching to enhance faculty teaching across the curriculum.

AE-248003-16Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Community CollegesWake Technical Community CollegeAmerica's Wars: Individual Experience and Collective Memory4/1/2016 - 3/31/2018$99,673.00JamesJ.NeilsonBarry MaloneWake Technical Community CollegeRaleighNC27603-5655USA2016Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Initiatives at Community CollegesEducation Programs996730996730

A two-year project to incorporate the perspectives of veterans into courses in English, history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, to support two symposia, one for faculty, one for students, and to create a digital archive of oral histories.

Wake Technical Community College’s (WTCC) proposed project, America’s Wars: Individual Experience and Collective Memory will render more visible the experience of war by incorporating the perspectives of veterans into courses within the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences division. The America’s Wars project will begin in July 2016 with four main activities: 1) faculty symposia led by scholars and experts; 2) student symposia with expert-led lecture/discussions; 3) incorporation of new material into English, History, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology courses; and 4) the creation of a digitally-archived oral history. The faculty and student symposia will be led by faculty from Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, and North Carolina State University, as well as by war veterans and public historians.

AH-275850-20Education Programs: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)History Center in Tompkins CountyYouth Program Resilience, and Community Archives and Exhibits6/15/2020 - 12/31/2020$79,814.00Donna Eschenbrenner   History Center in Tompkins CountyIthacaNY14850-4400USA2020Public HistoryCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)Education Programs798140798140

Retention of four key staff members who will work to enhance youth programs, increase archival digitization, and expand online exhibits for the public.

Adapt youth programs for a socially distanced world, and sustain humanities staff through archival digitization and virtual exhibit development

AKA-260452-18Education Programs: Humanities Connections Planning GrantsAllegheny CollegeEthical Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Enhance Humanistic Thinking5/1/2018 - 7/31/2019$34,987.00M. Soledad CaballeroAimee KnupskyAllegheny CollegeMeadvillePA16335-3903USA2018Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Connections Planning GrantsEducation Programs34987034767.450

The development of an “Ethical Interdisciplinary” partnership that will expand the role of humanities education for undergraduates.

This planning grant will allow us to apply ethical interdisciplinarity at Allegheny College to enhance the impact of the humanities. We define ethical interdisciplinarity as interdisciplinary partnerships that allow scholars to learn with one another, rather than to learn about each other in isolation. Our planning committee will develop plans for the following: 1) interdisciplinary team-taught courses that intentionally connect the humanities and the sciences, 2) an investigation of the influence of the humanities in existing interdisciplinary programs, 3) the expansion of the humanities in experiential programming, 4) the incorporation of the humanities into Allegheny’s new model of adaptive advising, 5) the establishment of protocol for interdisciplinary and collaborative senior capstone projects, and 6) the development of interdisciplinary research and teaching teams. This work will align current and proposed initiatives to achieve curricular and co-curricular coherence.

AKB-260507-18Education Programs: Humanities Connections Implementation GrantsFITTeaching Business and Labor History to Art and Design Students9/1/2018 - 8/31/2021$100,000.00Daniel Levinson WilkKyunghee PyunFITNew YorkNY10001-5992USA2018Labor HistoryHumanities Connections Implementation GrantsEducation Programs10000001000000

The development of interdisciplinary curriculum integrating business and labor history into professional art and design study.

Through a partnership among History faculty, and Art and Design faculty, "Teaching Business and Labor History to Art and Design Students" will develop curricula intended to educate students about the business and labor history of the art and design professions. Content will explore how this history impacts present-day industry, careers and professional decision-making. Key project elements will include Art-and-Design faculty professional development conducted by History professors; collaborative curricular development; two conferences; and the creation of a resource website. The initiative addresses an expressed need from Art-and-Design faculty and students for a more complete understanding of the historical influences that have shaped art- and design-business management, the creative process, technology and production. The initiative will help ensure that Art and Design students are well-equipped for the professional demands of the 21st Century.

AKB-285866-22Education Programs: Humanities Connections Implementation GrantsNortheastern UniversityHumanities and the Digital Future of Health and Healthcare: A Curriculum9/1/2022 - 8/31/2025$149,673.30Sari AltschulerChristopherM.ParsonsNortheastern UniversityBostonMA02115-5005USA2022Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherHumanities Connections Implementation GrantsEducation Programs149673.301496730

A three-year project to implement a half major in digital health humanities.

Early in the pandemic, a group of physicians declared that healthcare might not be prepared, but “the new reality is that virtual care has arrived.” COVID-19 has made healthcare more digital—and revealed how data-driven and digital it already was. We propose to implement a curriculum at Northeastern to prepare students to address the social and cultural aspects of this digital revolution and to be alert to the significant ethical issues it raises. Our digital health humanities curriculum will train students with diverse interdisciplinary skills for tomorrow’s jobs. Humanities, health, and computer science faculty will collaborate to design courses to grow our Health Humanities minor into a half major, which will pair with Health Science and Public Health to form two new combined majors with a focus in digital health. The grant will also support experiential learning opportunities for NU students in and beyond the university and open-access modules made freely available for all.

AQ-51006-14Education Programs: Enduring Questions: Pilot Course GrantsAdministrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, TheNEH Enduring Questions Course on Conceptions of Authenticity and Originality5/1/2014 - 6/30/2016$20,234.00StephanieChristinePorras   Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, TheNew OrleansLA70118-5698USA2014Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralEnduring Questions: Pilot Course GrantsEducation Programs20234018650.790

The development of an undergraduate honors colloquium on conceptions of authenticity and originality as debated in literature, music, philosophy, art, and the sciences.

The development of an undergraduate honors colloquium on conceptions of authenticity and originality as debated in literature, music, philosophy, art, and the sciences. Stephanie Porras, assistant professor of art history at Tulane University, develops a course that draws on legal, ethical, and technological issues alongside historical analysis and philosophical debate to explore the question, What is a copy? The first unit, Technology of the Copy, considers the history of reproduction from the invention of print, photography, digital duplication, and three-dimensional molds to gene sequencing. Readings include Elizabeth Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, Paul Craddock's Scientific Investigation of Copies, Hillel Schwartz's The Culture of the Copy, Erasmus on printed books, Rainer Maria Rilke on Auguste Rodin's bronzes, and Jorge Luis Borges's "The Circular Ruins." The second unit, Copy/Original, explores philosophical views on copying, cognition, and being. Readings include extracts from Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Leibniz, Kant, Heidegger, Benjamin, and Marcus Boon. These theoretical perspectives are then integrated into discussions of aesthetic theory, anthropology, and psychology, thus providing a rich array of conceptual and critical vocabulary for students. Additional readings include Coleridge's On Poesy or Art; Freud's Totem and Taboo; Girard's Deceit, Desire and the Novel; and Michael Taussig's Mimesis and Alterity. The third unit, Copies and Authorship, focuses on debates about innovation, originality, and artistic ownership. Topics include Dürer's ideas about copy and invention, sixth-century Chinese art theory, Brahms' defense of his first symphony, Arthur Danto on Warhol, and Gus van Sant's remake of Psycho. Readings include Forrest and Koos's Dead Ringers: The Remake in Theory and Practice; Jacques Derrida's Copy, Archive, Signature; Marvin Carlson's The Haunted Stage: The Theater as Memory Machine; and David Evans's Appropriation. The final unit, Appropriation, Depropriation and Theft, focuses on ethical, legal, and political ramifications of the copy. Students stage mock trials of recent high profile cases in plagiarism, forgery, and patent litigation. They read sections from Richard Posner's The Little Book of Plagiarism, Siva Vaidhyanathan's Copyrights and Copywrongs, and Howard Brody's Future of Bioethics. Films screened for the course include Banksy's 2010 Exit Through the Gift Shop, the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs and its remake The Departed, and the documentary Good Copy, Bad Copy. Students create a course wiki and write a detailed analysis of a copy that they own.

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.

CH-50528-08Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsAmerican Research Institute in TurkeyEnhancement and Endowment of the Humanities Collections of the ARIT Libraries in Istanbul and Ankara12/1/2006 - 7/31/2018$550,000.00C. Brian Rose   American Research Institute in TurkeyPhiladelphiaPA19104-6324USA2007Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs05500000550000

The relocation and expansion of two American research libraries in Turkey and an endowment for facilities maintenance; a librarian's salary; and equipment and acquisitions; as well as bridge funding for the expenses deriving from the new facilities and fund-raising expenses.

Support for the expansion and enhancement of ARIT overseas library facilities in Istanbul and Ankara, and endowment of the additional cost of library facilities, IT equipment, professional staffing, and collections development, including electronic and print media.

CH-50600-09Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsUniversity of WashingtonDigital Humanities Commons12/1/2007 - 7/31/2013$625,000.00KathleenM.Woodward   University of WashingtonSeattleWA98195-1016USA2008Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs06250000625000

Endowment to support faculty and student fellowships and graduate courses on digital humanities, other humanities programs, and a part-time research assistant.

With a $625,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a successful match of $1,875,000 to establish an endowment of $2,500,000, the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington will create the Digital Humanities Commons. The goal is to seed and strengthen work in the digital humanities, with three objectives: the animation of knowledge; the public circulation of scholarship; and the historical, social, and cross-cultural understanding of digital culture. Each year the endowment will support: summer faculty fellowships emphasizing collaborative projects; summer digital dissertation fellowships; modest funds for digital tools; three one-credit graduate courses on digital scholarship; a lecture by a seminal visiting scholar; and funds for an hourly research assistant. We will fold our work from the Digital Humanities Commons into our programs in the public humanities, a prime mission of the Simpson Center.

CH-50657-09Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsAugustana UniversityStrengthening the Endowment of Augustana College's Center for Western Studies12/1/2006 - 7/31/2013$300,000.00HarryF.Thompson   Augustana UniversitySioux FallsSD57197-0001USA2008History, GeneralChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs03000000300000

To Support: augmentation of the college's endowment for the support of the Center for Western Studies

Augustana College, a Christian liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America seeks a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to strengthen the Center for Western Studies' endowment. The Center is a department of the College with the mission of preserving and interpreting the history and cultures of the Northern Plains. As an archives, museum, academic publisher, and provider of educational programming and internships for the students and the campus, as well as the region, Augustana is seeking a $300,000 challenge grant matched by the College on a four-to-one basis for a total endowment campaign of $1,500,000. A successful campaign will increase the Center's endowment and provide dollars to support, enhance, and expand the Center's main program areas which include the Archives and Library Program, the Dakota Conference on Northern Plains, Educational Exhibits, the Publications Program, and the Building Fund.

CH-50926-12Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsTeachers College, Columbia UniversityHistory Education for All: A Proposal to Establish a Center for History Education at Teachers College at Columbia University12/1/2010 - 7/31/2016$425,000.00Thomas James   Teachers College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkNY10027-6605USA2011U.S. HistoryChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs04250000425000

Endowment for a Center for History Education that includes a graduate fellowship program, a digital history portal, and curricular innovations.

Teachers College proposes a major three-year campaign to endow a Center for History Education with the mission of improving the teaching and learning of American history in high-poverty schools with diverse populations, especially new immigrants and English Language Learners. The focus of these efforts will be to address the question: What does it mean to be an American? The Center’s mission will be to provide a national model of history education for the increasingly diverse student population nationwide through on-site and online professional development activities. The grant endowment will specifically support: establishment of a Center for History Education; development of teaching and learning materials in history to be field-tested with local teachers and put onto a web portal; two fully funded History Fellows (stipend and scholarship) who will develop high-quality teaching resources designed specifically for these student populations.

CH-50975-13Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsUniversity of Wisconsin SystemMax Kade Institute Library Project1/1/2012 - 12/31/2017$300,000.00Cora Lee Kluge   University of Wisconsin SystemMadisonWI53715-1218USA2011American StudiesChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs03000000263329

Remodeling the new Max Kade Institute Library and Archives and endowment for a librarian/archivist position and for acquisitions.

The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (MKI) requests a NEH Challenge Grant in the amount of $300,000 to anchor the MKI’s $1,200,000 “Library Project” campaign. Funds will be used to (1) remodel the new and expanded home of the MKI Library and Archives ($700,000) and (2) establish an endowment to support a librarian/archivist position and provide a small acquisition budget ($500,000). NEH support will enable the MKI to (1) create a state-of-the-art research and outreach space for its Library and Archives and expand its collections; (2) ensure financial security for the position of a specialized librarian/archivist; and (3) increase the quantity and quality of its humanities programming. The MKI will be able to present more comprehensive services to students, scholars, and the public and also attract new audiences to American materials written and recorded in languages other than English.

CH-51229-15Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsUniversity of FloridaRepositioning Florida's Judaic Library: Increasing Access to Humanities Resources from Florida, Latin America, and the Caribb12/1/2013 - 7/31/2021$500,000.00RebeccaJ.Jefferson   University of FloridaGainesvilleFL32611-0001USA2014Jewish StudiesChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs05000000470957

Endowment for library staff, acquisitions, public and scholarly outreach activities, and digitization projects related to the Jewish experience in Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) requests NEH support of $500,000 to match $1.5 million to be raised in the next four years to endow acquisitions, public and scholarly outreach activities, and collaborative digitization projects related to the Jewish experience in Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean. With the Price Library of Judaica as its foundation, UF is uniquely qualified to lead a national and international effort to inspire greater study of the Jewish diaspora.The expanded and enhanced Judaica collections and services will be the foundation for the American portal of Florida, Latin American, and Caribbean Jewry, and will emphasize the importance of scholarship, preservation, and access to these exceptional resources.

CHA-268843-20Challenge Programs: Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge GrantsHolmes Community CollegeMcMorrough Library Renovation Project for Cultivating the Humanities5/1/2020 - 4/30/2026$231,848.61Lindy McCain   Holmes Community CollegeGoodmanMS39079-2300USA2019Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralInfrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge GrantsChallenge Programs0231848.610201541

The renovation of interior spaces in the college’s McMorrough Library, in order to facilitate activities and services that advance humanities education and programming.

The McMorrough Library of Holmes Community College (HCC) in Goodman, MS, is dedicated to the preservation of humanities and seeks to provide an inclusive environment, offering informative programs to cultivate critical-thinking citizens. To enrich and diversify the scope of humanities extended to students, faculty, staff, and community members, HCC has developed plans to renovate the 1975 structure’s interior spaces and their contents. Because of the low socio-economic population the library serves, the need for exposure to the humanities is critical for individuals to recognize their own dreams and potential through the study of literary characters and historical figures who overcame struggles before them. Hence, the new multifaceted spaces proposed by the McMorrough Library Renovation Project for Cultivating the Humanities will secure practical activities set forth as well as advance the library to become an innovative leader among Mississippi’s fifteen public community colleges.

CZ-50324-13Challenge Programs: Special InitiativesWestchester Community College FoundationEstablishing the Humanities Institute9/1/2011 - 7/31/2018$300,000.00HeatherE.Ostman   Westchester Community College FoundationValhallaNY10595-1550USA2012Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralSpecial InitiativesChallenge Programs03000000300000

Endowment for programming in a new Westchester County Humanities Institute that explores humanities themes through the lens of the immigrant experience.

The Westchester Community College (WCC) Humanities Institute proposes to be a campus-wide initiative that supports the research and scholarship of faculty, students, and members of the community by developing and supporting events (including conferences, speaker series, reading series, exhibits, films, and community partnerships) that explore and celebrate the humanities from the perspective of the immigrant experience in a globalized world. The WCC Humanities Institute will shift and expand the study of the humanities from a traditional, western perspective to a multi-cultural lens in order to promote global understanding. The mission of the WCC Humanities Institute is to advance pluralistic and international approaches to humanities education by illuminating the differences and similarities within the disciplines of literature, language, history, philosophy, cultural studies, and communication.

CZ-50342-14Challenge Programs: Special InitiativesGreat Basin CollegeGreat Basin College Virtual Humanities Center9/1/2012 - 7/31/2019$500,000.00Scott GavorskyEvi BuellGreat Basin CollegeElkoNV89801-5032USA2013Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralSpecial InitiativesChallenge Programs05000000500000

Acquisition of a lecture capture system through direct purchase, and endowment for a virtual humanities center by supporting faculty releases, course design, and software upgrades.

Great Basin College, located in rural Northeastern Nevada, requests support for the creation of an endowment that will sustain a Virtual Humanities Center. The overarching goal of this initiative is to broaden the education and skill-set of students, faculty, and community members while fostering a deep appreciation of our region’s complex cultural, historical, and human geography. The Center will include: 1) an interactive online portal - the “Humanities Crossroads” a place where many humanities resources converge; 2) a “Humanities Teaching Toolkit” for professional development, ongoing mentoring, and training opportunities of existing staff and faculty across all departments; and 3)an annual "Humanities in Action" series organized around an annual Theme, to provide the entire GBC community with opportunities to engage in civic conversation around significant issues of culture, place, and society.

CZ-50347-14Challenge Programs: Special InitiativesSeminole Community CollegeThe Cultural Understanding and Tolerance Initiative9/1/2012 - 7/31/2021$100,000.00Steven de Zwart   Seminole Community CollegeSanfordFL32773-6199USA2013Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralSpecial InitiativesChallenge Programs01000000100000

Endowment for acquisitions and study abroad, a spend-down fund for a speaker series, curriculum development, exhibits, cultural service learning activities, and study abroad, as well as fundraising expenses.

To maximize impact on today's community college students, Humanities-related curricular and co-curricular content needs to address: (1) intersectionality, the examination of how categories of identity and structures of inequality are mutually constituted and need to continually be understood in relationship to one another; and (2) transnationalism, which focuses on cultures, structures, and relationships that are formed as a result of the flows of people and resources across geopolitical borders. Seminole State is seeking $100,000 in endowment and spend-down funding from NEH to establish a collegewide Cultural Understanding and Tolerance Initiative, which will take the integration of “culture” to deeper levels, offering students exposure to timely, contextual learning experiences atypical of the community college experience.

DR-288241-22Digital Humanities: Fellowships Open Book ProgramDuke UniversityQueer African Cinemas8/1/2022 - 7/31/2023$5,500.00DeanJ.Smith   Duke UniversityDurhamNC27705-4677USA2022Gender StudiesFellowships Open Book ProgramDigital Humanities5500055000

Green-Simms examines films produced by and about queer Africans in the first two decades of the twenty-first century in an environment of increasing antiqueer violence, efforts to criminalize homosexuality, and other state-sanctioned homophobia. Green-Simms argues that these films not only record the fear, anxiety, and vulnerability many queer Africans experience; they highlight how queer African cinematic practices contribute to imagining new hopes and possibilities. Examining globally circulating international art films as well as popular melodramas made for local audiences, Green-Simms emphasizes that in these films queer resistance—contrary to traditional narratives about resistance that center overt and heroic struggle—is often practiced from a position of vulnerability.

ED-50387-13Education Programs: Education Development and DemonstrationMLAMLA Survey of Enrollments in Languages other than English in Higher Education9/1/2013 - 8/31/2015$30,000.00DennisO.Looney   MLANew YorkNY10004-2434USA2013 Education Development and DemonstrationEducation Programs300000300000

The MLA has conducted twenty-two surverys of undergraduate and graduate fall semester course enrollments in all languages other than English at US Colleges and Universities. During a sixteen month period two full-time research assistants conduct research with a remarkably high response rate of over 95%. The MLA surverys are widley acknowledged by the field of lanuage teaching, government, and industry as the single, all-inclusive metric of United States post-secondary interest in the study of languages. This Chairman's grant will support the salary of one of the two research assistants who we hire to conduct data collection. Cost sharing, calculated at $150,000 will cover addtional funding for a second research assistant, IT development and for an verage 25% of the annual salaries of the three regular MLA staffers.

EE-50022-04Education Programs: Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum DevelopmentBrown UniversityThe Virtual Humanities Lab (VHL): Networked Resources for Early Modern Italian Studies7/1/2004 - 8/31/2006$188,000.00Massimo Riva   Brown UniversityProvidenceRI02912-9100USA2004Renaissance StudiesTeaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum DevelopmentEducation Programs1780001000017800010000

A materials development project to create an interactive website, the Virtual Humanities Lab to post and connect works by Boccaccio and Pico with other primary sources illuminating the civic and intellectual life of early modern Italy for teachers, students, and scholars.

We plan to develop a highly interactive web site where educators, scholars and students will find detailed information about the civic experience and the intellectual culture of Early Modern Italy, together with a variety of tools for collaborative teaching and research, organized as a multidisciplinary virtual laboratory.

EH-50424-14Education Programs: Institutes for Higher Education FacultyDrexel UniversityTeaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond10/1/2014 - 12/31/2015$192,914.00David Raizman   Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaPA19104-2875USA2014Art History and CriticismInstitutes for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs19291401929140

A four-week summer institute for twenty-five college and university faculty on teaching the history of modern design.

The Canon and Beyond: Teaching the History of Modern Design is a four week summer teaching institute designed to prepare a diverse group of college faculty to meet an increasing demand to teach courses on the topic. The Institute is organized into three thematic units whose subjects address significant components of introductory courses in modern design history, from the early 19th century through the 1970s. The Institute Director will first present material to ground participants in foundational material that is typically covered in a survey course in design history. Then, a select group of visiting scholars will each lead in-depth seminars on a specific topic related to the thematic units, coinciding with their field of research and expertise. These complementary approaches will build and reinforce familiarity with standard material and major themes in the field, on the one hand, and introduce new material and critical perspectives.

EP-10064-72Education Programs: Pilot Grants - EducationJohns Hopkins UniversityProgram in History and Culture9/1/1972 - 12/31/1973$30,000.00JackP.Greene   Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreMD21218-2608USA1972Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralPilot Grants - EducationEducation Programs300000300000

To work out an introductory undergraduate course in history and culture dealing with the "Third World," that is, that section of the world's population which is neither European nor American, though represented in important numbers within the population of both Europe and America. To plan the establishment in a country outside the United States, possibly Jamaica, of a field center near good archives, where students can be trained in the techniques of recovering material artifacts and collecting oral traditions. To bring to the campus as consultants a group of historians, anthropologists, and scholars from other disciplines.

FA-231945-16Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersEugene Michael AvrutinThe Velizh Affair: Jews and Christians in a 19th-Century Russian Border Town6/1/2016 - 5/31/2017$50,400.00EugeneMichaelAvrutin   Board of Trustees of the University of IllinoisChampaignIL61801-3620USA2015Jewish StudiesFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

A book-length study analyzing the complex relationships between Jews and Christians based on an extensive murder case from the 1820s-30s in Velizh, a small town about 300 miles west of Moscow.

The Velizh affair was the longest ritual murder case in the modern world. The investigation lasted twelve years (1823-1835), generating an astonishing number of documents. The archive includes hundreds of depositions and petitions, official government correspondence, reports, memos, and personal letters. The case opens a window onto a time, place, and people that seldom appear in studies of either the Russian Empire or East European Jewry. Furthermore, it offers a unique window onto not only the multiple factors that caused ruptures and conflicts in everyday life, but also the social and cultural worlds of a multi-ethnic population that had coexisted for hundreds of years. Using the newly discovered documents, the book project: (1) reconstructs the mental universe of a multi-ethnic border town and analyzes otherwise opaque realms of human experience; and (2) rethinks the role that antisemitism played in the ritual murder charge.

FA-252317-17Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersPhilip YampolskyDocumenting Vaihoho, a Form of Sung Poetry in Southeast Asia12/1/2017 - 2/28/2019$50,400.00Philip Yampolsky    ChampaignIL61822-5279USA2016EthnomusicologyFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

The documentation, through recordings and in a book, of vaihoho, a musical-poetic form of Timor-Leste.   

This is a project to document (in recordings and a book) the music, texts, performance practice, and ethnographic context of vaihoho, an endangered musico-poetic form with deep cultural significance for Fataluku-speakers in rural Timor-Leste (TL). The study will also contribute new data to discussions of Timor as a border zone for Austronesian and Papuan cultures. In addition to making new recordings, the project will repatriate to source communities a corpus of field recordings made in the 1960s by French anthropologists. These recordings plus the new ones will be deposited in the source communities and will also form the nucleus of a new national audio-visual archive for TL. This Fataluku research is the final phase of a larger project, under way since 2012, to document endangered traditions of sung poetry in Indonesian Timor and TL. The Fataluku material will be combined with comparable documentation of Tetun, Ema, and Bunaq sung poetry.

FA-252385-17Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersMichele Currie Navakas19th-Century Literary and Scientific Inquiry on the Nature of Marine Life9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018$50,400.00MicheleCurrieNavakas   Miami UniversityOxfordOH45056-1846USA2016American LiteratureFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

A book-length study of coral in works by James Fenimore Cooper, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and other writers of early American literature.

Animated Stones marshals a broad range of imaginative reflections on coral—from classic works of American literature and natural history, to archival material such as personal letters, periodical essays, and songs, to decorative arts and paintings—attesting that coral confounded many assumptions that early Americans made about the natural world. In particular, coral appeared to be indeterminate matter that blurred the boundaries between subject and object, living and nonliving, and gave early Americans a rich, yet largely unexamined, language of growth, relationship, production, collaboration, and fluidity. I argue that early Americans applied this language to questions of human being and belonging: at a period in the nation’s history when ever-stricter forms of biological classification, division, and description determined one’s political and legal value, the language of coral gave a diverse set of Americans a way to question their culture’s most cherished conventions of personhood.

FA-50284-04Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersMahir SaulLocal Politics of Decolonization in West Africa1/1/2004 - 9/30/2004$40,000.00Mahir Saul   Board of Trustees of the University of IllinoisChampaignIL61801-3620USA2003African StudiesFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs400000400000

The project is the completion of a book on the anthropological history of an area in the West African savanna where I conducted fieldwork and archival research for many years, south western Burkina Faso and the adjacent areas of Mali and northern Cote d'Ivoire. The book's subject is the political organization of the area's farming population from the precolonial nineteenth century to the years of independence after 1960. It focuses on village life and local transformations, but engages critically with colonial administration, Catholic missions and conversion to Islam, and the way markets and taxation motivated local actors to change and to confrontation. The way changing circumstances fostered conflicts within the local communities and the appropriation of extra-local conceptual elements in the century long development constitute an important legacy for the politics of the period of independence. The study is informed by a theoretical understanding of human agency and of historical process unfolding in an open-ended way in response to contingent situations. Parts of the book have been written and a few articles on various themes that are included in the book have been published. I plan to write the remaining parts and to complete the book for submission in Europe, where I will find support from many experts of the area of investigation, where the colonial archives are located in case I need a further consultation during the writing, and where one can find many other resources for the study of colonial institutions in West Africa. I already possess an invitation to the College de France in Paris for six months and am waiting to learn the outcome of a fellowship application to the Wissenschaftkolleg zu Berlin in Germany. These residencies will take place during a sabbatical leave I have for 2004 and I am asking for the NEH fellowship to complement my resources during this leave.

FA-52141-05Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersKatrina Mary PowellA Study of Letters Written in the 1930s by Mountain People Displaced by the Creation of Shenandoah National Park8/1/2005 - 7/31/2006$40,000.00KatrinaMaryPowell   Louisiana State University and A&M CollegeBaton RougeLA70803-0001USA2004Composition and RhetoricFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs400000400000

Rhetorics of Displacement focuses on a situated literacy event: letters written by displaced Virginia mountain families to U.S. government officials in the 1930s. The 300-letter collection reveals a moment in American history where the social/political climate was ripe for this relocation. Through rhetorical and discourse analyses, this project considers literacy as social and symbolic action and explores what individual literate acts say about educational practices. This socioliteracy study places competing discourses about the region’s history alongside contemporary literacy theory to uncover complexities in resisting social position. The resulting analyses contribute to evolving theories of literacy and identity.

FA-53849-08Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersOmer BartovInterethnic Relations in Buczacz, Galicia, 1500-1945, and the Origins of the Holocaust7/1/2008 - 6/30/2009$50,400.00Omer Bartov   Brown UniversityProvidenceRI02912-9100USA2007European HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

This project investigates relations between Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews in the town of Buczacz from its foundation to the aftermath of the Holocaust. Situated in the borderlands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Buczacz was under Habsburg rule after 1772, came under Poland in the interwar period, and was occupied by the Soviets and the Germans in World War II, during which time its Jewish inhabitants were murdered and the Poles ethnically cleansed. Today it is in Ukraine. The project will reconstruct interethnic relations over an extended period of time; examine communal responses to war and violence; and investigate how this past is remembered and commemorated. The project has much wider relevance to the history of Eastern Europe?s borderlands regions and to the history of genocide and communal coexistence and violence more generally. By January 2008 I will complete my research and hope to use the fellowship for writing up the book.

FA-55067-10Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersEdlie L. WongFrom Emancipation to Exclusion: Contract, Citizens, and Coolies7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011$50,400.00EdlieL.Wong   University of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkMD20742-5141USA2009American LiteratureFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

From Emancipation to Exclusion charts the complex intellectual legacies of slavery in the era of emancipation, when the ideals of freedom and free labor began to coalesce into a political worldview. It explores how legislators, writers, and reformers drew on the anachronistic specter of slavery in the figure of the Asiatic "coolie" to contest and configure the legal disenfranchisement of Chinese labor migrants. While some black and Asian writers protested Chinese Exclusion as an outgrowth of slavery's racial proscriptions, pro-exclusion agitators defended it as an antislavery measure in a democratic country committed to freedom. This book illuminates how these contests over post-war citizenship and national belonging led to the ratification of America's first race-specific immigration law. It adds to the growing scholarship in comparative race studies and broadens our understanding of racial slavery as historical experience, idea, and metaphor in American literary and cultural studies.

FA-55298-10Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersRebecca Jeanne DeRoo, PhDAgnes Varda, Feminism, and The New Wave12/1/2010 - 11/30/2011$50,400.00RebeccaJeanneDeRoo   Washington UniversitySt. LouisMO63130-4862USA2009Film History and CriticismFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

Agnes Varda, Feminism, and the New Wave provides the first comprehensive historical study of one of the most celebrated female filmmakers of the twentieth century, Agnes Varda. It uses her complex career as a lens to create an innovative, interdisciplinary history of the New Wave film movement, appealing to audiences across the fields of film, art history, gender studies, and cultural studies. This book is particularly timely given the recent release of Varda's collected films on DVD. This book makes available previously unpublished material, including new translations, documentation of films, and original interviews with filmmakers, critics, and theorists who shaped the trajectory of contemporary cinematic practice. Two chapters and a prospectus are currently under review for a book contract. With a twelve-month NEH fellowship for 2010-11, I will complete a draft of the entire manuscript. The full manuscript will be submitted to the publisher during the 2011-12 academic year.

FA-55487-10Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersCarlos Alberto JaureguiGoing Native and Becoming-Other in Latin American Literature and Film1/1/2010 - 12/31/2010$50,400.00CarlosAlbertoJauregui   Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleTN37203-2416USA2009Latin American LanguagesFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

Using an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, at the intersection of literary criticism, cultural theory, and anthropology, this book-length project deals with several ethnographic, historical and literary narratives about identity transformation throughout Latin American cultural history. These are tales about colonial figures who face the predicament of becoming-other, suffering or enjoying their own collapse as they surrender themselves to other cultures. My study will show how colonial stories about civilized people becoming savages or, conversely, struggling not to go native, transcend the colonial period and become symbolic reservoirs for discussions about identity, nation building, cultural influence, and hybridity in the Americas. By examining cultural assimilation beyond the rhetoric of betrayal and alienation that sometimes permeates research around identity politics, this book will make a theoretical and anthropological argument about the ethics of identity formation.

FA-55708-11Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersGolfo Alexopoulos, PhDA Gulag History: The Violence of Everyday Life6/1/2011 - 5/31/2012$50,400.00Golfo Alexopoulos   University of South FloridaTampaFL33620-9951USA2010Russian HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

My book project expands the current field of political, economic, and institutional histories of the Gulag, and offers a cultural history of the Stalinist camps. The book is focused on a few select topics that reveal some of the more distinctive, yet largely overlooked, camp practices and features of everyday life. I shift attention from the Gulag's economic rationale and political prisoners, to the Gulag's broad societal impact and systemic violence. Throughout the various chapters, I highlight the ways in which the violence of everyday life proved to be extensive, routine, and inherent in the labor camp system's design. In this way, I situate the Gulag in the broader academic discussions concerning state terror and crimes against humanity.

FA-56087-11Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersRamona CurryTrading in Cultural Spaces: How Chinese Film Came to America1/1/2011 - 12/31/2011$50,400.00Ramona Curry   Board of Trustees of the University of IllinoisChampaignIL61801-3620USA2010Film History and CriticismFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

Cinema scholars have well documented how movies "made in the USA" have dominated screens internationally for 90 years, yet much needed are careful accounts of intra-regional and community-based media circuits around the globe that do not fit the “West to the Rest” model. I seek NEH support to finish my book “Trading in Cultural Spaces,” which draws on dense archival research to document individuals, practices, and locales comprising an unwritten strand of American film history: the trans-Pacific flow of Chinese movies into and within the U.S. From the early 20th century such films have challenged stereotypes and forged avenues for cross-cultural exchange. By recovering multiple Chinese American and supporting voices, images and multicultural networks, my project aims to refocus cinema history on its prior margins, to enrich transnational and national film and social histories and make intellectual contributions consonant with the new NEH "Bridging Cultures" initiative.

FA-56438-12Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersKathryn Kerby-FultonProfessional Reading Circles, the Clerical Proletariat, and the Rise of English Literature1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013$50,400.00Kathryn Kerby-Fulton   University of Notre DameNotre DameIN46556-4635USA2011Medieval StudiesFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

Even Richard II, the king under whom literary giants like Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, and the Pearl Poet produced their mature works, owned no books in English. When he was deposed in 1399, English literary texts were still a minority interest among the educated or the social elites, as yet preferring to read in Latin or French. This was to change dramatically within a generation, and the proposed study attempts to account for the sudden rise of English literature by uncovering the earliest reading circles of this emergent national literature. Beginning in the reign of Edward III, London saw the immigration of a young, under-employed clerical population, trained or semi-trained for the church, but unable to find employment in it (and thus with complex attitudes toward it), who took jobs in the burgeoning Westminster and Dublin civil and legal services. Here London writers found their initial, most sophisticated audiences and their coteries.

FA-57954-14Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersBarbara Haggh-HugloOf Abbeys and Aldermen: Music in Ghent to 15596/1/2015 - 5/31/2016$50,400.00Barbara Haggh-Huglo   University of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkMD20742-5141USA2013Music History and CriticismFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

In a three-part book, the first comprehensive study of music in pre-modern Ghent, I demonstrate that profound changes in European history occurred with unusual intensity there, with music an essential ingredient. A first part on the two Benedictine abbeys traces their music from Carolingian reforms to the adoption of the Roman liturgy at St. Bavo's, transformed into a cathedral. A second part assesses hundreds of records of benefactions for music in the virtually complete run of Ghent city council registers, with analyses of benefactors, their musical preferences, locations of performance, performers, and cost, and statistics showing the rise and fall in use of different music. This nearly complete reconstruction of church music in late medieval Ghent will be made freely available as an online interactive database. Part three describes the "soundscape" of the city's churches and streets, using local music identified in manuscripts or through archives.

FA-58094-15Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersSusan Dorrit MurrayA Cultural History of American Color Television6/1/2015 - 5/31/2016$50,400.00SusanDorritMurray   New York UniversityNew YorkNY10012-1019USA2014History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and MedicineFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

The more than three decades between the early tests of mechanical color television in the late 1920s and full adoption of color by U.S. networks in the 1960s saw extended and compelling popular, scientific, and industrial conversations about the utility and meaning of color television. This occurred alongside and in between debates about technical standards, dueling technical systems, concerns over interference and bandwidth, color in product design, programming, perception and psychophysics, optics, fidelity, color harmony, colorimetry, and aesthetics. This book project tells this story, culminating in the postwar decades, and positions color television as central to the broader history of twentieth century visual culture.

FB-51501-05Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsJane Lynn FlorineThe Cosquín National Folklore Festival and the Search for Argentine National Identity8/1/2005 - 5/31/2006$40,000.00JaneLynnFlorine   Chicago State UniversityChicagoIL60628-1501USA2004Music History and CriticismFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

This project will entail writing a book (during a two-semester sabbatical with half salary in 2005/06) about the role of music in the formation of national identity at the National Folklore Festival held in Cosquín, Argentina; the history and function of the event will also be addressed. Book data will be gathered by doing fieldwork and archival research with a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship during 2004/05, and findings will be related to theory regarding the relationship of festivals, music, and identity. It will be shown in the book how at the Cosquín festival identity is negotiated through music, how and why music is mediated, and how political, economic, and historical forces collide with local, national, and global musical interests.

FB-52999-07Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsElise LemireSlavery and Freedom in Concord, Massachusetts, 1740-18226/1/2007 - 5/31/2008$40,000.00Elise Lemire   Purchase College, SUNYPurchaseNY10577-1402USA2006American StudiesFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

This project contributes to the burgeoning field of New England slavery studies by unearthing the lived experiences of Africans, African descendants, and whites in Concord, from the inception of slavery there through the immediate aftermath of its demise. Concord makes an excellent case study, for while the number of slaves there is entirely typical for Massachusetts, the archives are far more extensive than in most towns, a result of Concord’s pride in the part it played in the birthing of the nation and its literature. Throughout the project, I connect the history of race politics in Concord with the town’s geography, thereby elucidating the link between slavery and Thoreau’s later conception of “nature.”

FB-54129-09Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsAnne ApplebaumAnti-Civilization: The Sovietization of Central Europe, 1945-19561/1/2009 - 12/31/2009$50,400.00Anne Applebaum   Legatum InstituteLondon 89-100United Kingdom2008European HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs504000504000

In recent years, the transformation of totalitarian societies into democracies has become a central goal of American foreign policy. Yet despite the importance of "democratization," very little attention has been paid to the opposite problem: Namely, the question of how small groups of people managed to impose totalitarianism on their societies in the first place. With this in mind, I propose to write a history of the imposition of Soviet communism on central Europe in the years between 1945 and 1956. I will focus on three countries: Poland, Hungary and East Germany. The book, intended for a popular as well as a scholarly audience, will focus both on repression -- the creation of the secret police, the use of violence -- and on the transformation of schools, media and the arts for propaganda purposes. Past histories of the region have often focused on the origins of the Cold War; this book will explore social and psychological changes within the societies themselves.

FB-55355-11Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsFrank GrazianoMexican Votive Painting and the Miracle of Everyday Life7/1/2011 - 6/30/2012$50,400.00Frank Graziano   Connecticut CollegeNew LondonCT06320-4125USA2010Religion, GeneralFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs504000504000

A fellowship is requested for the research and writing of a book-length study on painted Mexican votive offerings (known as retablos) and the cultural context in which they are commissioned, produced, offered, displayed, and viewed. The focus is on retablos as extraordinary works of folk art; as components of a complex of beliefs, rituals, and material culture that constitute Mexican expressions of popular Catholicism; as archives of social history; and as indices of a belief system that is conducive to miraculous intercession in everyday life.

FB-57287-13Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsRonit SeterA History of Jewish-Israeli Music, 1940-20108/1/2013 - 7/31/2014$50,400.00Ronit Seter   Unaffiliated Independent ScholarFairfaxVA22031-3533USA2012Music History and CriticismFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs504000504000

In 1940, when Tel Aviv was a threadbare community of European refugees, exiled concertgoers listened eagerly to equally uprooted composers. Today, their descendants enjoy music in which historic Jewish- and Muslim-Arab idioms denote Israelism. This book examines the music and ideas of composers Paul Ben-Haim, Josef Tal, Mordecai Seter, Shulamit Ran, Betty Olivero, and others from the nation's founding to the present. As in Bartok's work, nationalism, orientalism, and folklorism intersect in their music to define a national style. Israel's art music, however, treats these elements as dichotomies: it simultaneously defies and adheres to a distinct nationalist project; it embraces the Orient as both Self and Other; and its folkloric base is both local and international.

FB-57856-14Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsJohn Matthew PefferPopular Photography and the Survival of Traumatic History in South Africa1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014$50,400.00JohnMatthewPeffer   Ramapo College of New JerseyMahwahNJ07430-1623USA2013Art History and CriticismFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs504000504000

I am writing a book on how popular photography helped people survive violence and political marginalization during apartheid. My research is grounded in an interview-based study of the private uses of photographs seen in black township homes in South Africa during the apartheid era (1948-1994). As families were uprooted by apartheid, forms of self-imaging such as studio portraits and snapshots became increasingly common in the townships. In counterpoint to the more familiar ID pictures and documentary photographs that have defined the image of apartheid overseas, my book explains the original contexts and aesthetics of township photographs made for the sitter's pleasure and explores their use today as a source for alternative histories of experience. My analysis engages local concepts for likeness, commemoration, and imagination that animate these images, and I explore how this photography is entangled with and distinguished from earlier American and European prototypes.

FEL-257163-18Research Programs: FellowshipsKristine Kay RonanBuffalo Dancer: The Biography of a 19th-Century Print by Karl Bodmer 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2019$50,400.00KristineKayRonan    Santa FeNM87507-4061USA2017Art History and CriticismFellowshipsResearch Programs504000504000

Preparation of a book-length study on the history and reception of an image by Karl Bodmer from 1834, Mandan Buffalo Dancer, that influenced American and Native American art.

This project follows Swiss expedition artist Karl Bodmer’s Mandan Buffalo Dancer (1834) across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Originally created in Indian Territory in 1834, Bodmer’s portrait of a Numak'aki [Mandan] benók óhate [buffalo bull society] leader subsequently traveled in and out of various historical and cultural contexts, forms, and genres. Treating this image’s journey as a biography, I track “Mandan Buffalo Dancer” across both Native American and non-Native settings to develop the first book-length study that bridges American and Native American art histories and Native studies. Detailing how this story’s various agents used print, I argue that: 1) 19-century systems of racial oppression emerged in part through the very mechanics by which print operates; and 2) Native communities simultaneously formed an alternative history of print that eventually fed Native political activism in the 1960s and 1970s.