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AE-269161-20Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Community CollegesSt. Augustine CollegeStrengthening Career Readiness for Chicago Early Childhood Educators through the Humanities2/1/2020 - 1/31/2022$99,714.00Jennifer TalleyAntuanette MesterSt. Augustine CollegeChicagoIL60640-3593USA2019Cultural HistoryHumanities Initiatives at Community CollegesEducation Programs99714098525.830

A two-year faculty and curricular development program to incorporate the study of Chicago’s art, music, and history into courses for early childhood educators.

The integration of English language arts and humanities-based study of culture specific to Chicago into the Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum by designing and implementing increased English language humanities teaching and learning that is both relevant and authentic to the Chicago area. The project’s intellectual goal is to improve the quality of humanities teaching and learning through the following strategic objectives: (1) increasing humanities content knowledge of participating faculty and students; (2) infusing the study of Chicago’s art, music, and history into the ECE program through syllabus and curriculum development; (3) creating a robust community of practice centered on the teaching and study of humanities in ECE; and (4) improving students’ writing skills through cultivation of enhanced critical-thinking skills and promotion of more effective expression of cultural engagement.

AH-274193-20Education Programs: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)Daytona State College, Inc.Expanding the Virtual Museum Experience6/15/2020 - 12/31/2020$55,351.35Erin Gordon   Daytona State College, Inc.Daytona BeachFL32114-2817USA2020History, Criticism, and Theory of the ArtsCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)Education Programs55351.35043599.920

The retention of three jobs and the creation of one job to improve virtual access to the Daytona State College’s photography museum.

The Southeast Museum of Photography's Expanding the Virtual Museum Experience (EVME) project will focus on completing the process of cataloging and digitizing the collection and making it available through a fully searchable database as well as creating new online content to allow a robust and interactive experience for all virtual museum visitors.

CH-20609-99Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsUniversity of Maryland, College ParkMaryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH).12/1/1997 - 1/31/2003$410,000.00Martha Nell Smith   University of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkMD20742-5141USA1999Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs04100000410000

To support endowment, space configuration, and equipment costs for a new technology center in the university library to develop innovative humanities applications and train faculty and area school teachers in their use.

CH-51127-13Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsCleveland Museum of ArtCleveland Museum of Art Interpretation Endowment Challenge Grant12/1/2011 - 7/31/2017$500,000.00Katherine Solender   Cleveland Museum of ArtClevelandOH44106-1711USA2012Art History and CriticismChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs05000000500000

Endowment for the museum's interpretation staff and the development of humanities-based interpretive materials for refreshed gallery interpretation.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) seeks a $500,000 endowment challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, to be matched 3:1 with an additional $1.5 million raised from other sources. The combined $2 million dollar fund will be used to endow the museum's interpretation program, which provides CMA's visitors a range of humanities-based interpretive tools to access and understand the works of art on view in the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries. The endowment will support the museum's dedicated interpretation staff and the development of humanities-based interpretive materials that will make possible the refreshed gallery interpretation, program modification, and technology updates that today's visitors expect.

CR-*1002-78Challenge Programs: Research Challenge GrantsStanford University PressChallenge Grant10/1/1977 - 6/30/1982$97,500.00LeonE.Seltzer   Stanford University PressStanfordCA94305USA1978Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralResearch Challenge GrantsChallenge Programs097500097500

No project description available

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.

DR-288671-23Digital Humanities: Fellowships Open Book ProgramDuke UniversityInfamous Bodies: Early Black Women's Celebrity and the Afterlives of Rights12/1/2022 - 11/30/2023$5,500.00DeanJ.Smith   Duke UniversityDurhamNC27705-4677USA2022Gender StudiesFellowships Open Book ProgramDigital Humanities5500055000

The countless retellings and reimaginings of the private and public lives of Phillis Wheatley, Sally Hemings, Sarah Baartman, Mary Seacole, and Sarah Forbes Bonetta have transformed them into difficult cultural and black feminist icons. In Infamous Bodies, Samantha Pinto explores how histories of these black women and their ongoing fame generate new ways of imagining black feminist futures. Drawing on a variety of media, cultural, legal, and critical sources, Pinto shows how the narratives surrounding these eighteenth- and nineteenth-century celebrities shape key political concepts such as freedom, consent, contract, citizenship, and sovereignty. Whether analyzing Wheatley's fame in relation to conceptions of race and freedom, notions of consent in Hemings's relationship with Thomas Jefferson, or Baartman's ability to enter into legal contracts, Pinto reveals the centrality of race, gender, and sexuality in the formation of political rights.

EH-22284-00Education Programs: Institutes for Higher Education FacultySociety for Values in Higher EducationA Literature of their Own? Women Writing--Venice, London, Paris--1550-170010/1/2000 - 12/31/2001$155,380.00Albert Rabil   Society for Values in Higher EducationPortlandOR97201-5221USA2000Gender StudiesInstitutes for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs15538001553800

A four-week national institute for 30 college and university teachers convened at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to examine recently recovered women's writing in their historical contexts.

FA-*0553-81Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersJohn RiddleRocks, Plants and Animal Parts: The Story of Dioscorides' Influence in Early Medicine6/1/1981 - 5/31/1982$22,000.00John Riddle   North Carolina State UniversityRaleighNC27695-0001USA1980History, GeneralFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs220000170670

No project description available

FA-21669-82Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersJames L. CollierBiography of Louis Armstrong1/1/1982 - 12/31/1982$22,000.00JamesL.Collier   Unaffiliated Independent ScholarNew YorkNY10014USA1981Music History and CriticismFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs220000220000

No project description available

FA-22831-83Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersJohn L. GwaltneyDifferent Drummers: Dissent in America7/1/1983 - 6/30/1984$25,000.00JohnL.Gwaltney   Syracuse UniversitySyracuseNY13244-0001USA1982AnthropologyFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs250000250000

No project description available

FA-252261-17Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersSharon M. Leon, PhDA Study of the Enslaved Persons Owned (and Sold) by the Maryland Province Jesuits9/1/2017 - 5/31/2018$37,800.00SharonM.Leon   George Mason UniversityFairfaxVA22030-4444USA2016U.S. HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs378000378000

An online publication on the history of Jesuit slave ownership beginning in 1717 and culminating in the sale of 272 slaves in 1838, the proceeds of which assisted the financing of Georgetown University.

On June 19, 1838, Thomas Mulledy, S.J. signed his name to an agreement with Jesse Batey and Henry Johnson to seal the fate of 272 enslaved persons who resided on Jesuit-owned estates in Southern Maryland, selling them south to Louisiana. With an eye to the events and relationships that formed the warp and woof of the daily lives of this enslaved community between 1717 and 1838, I will work to identify each individual enslaved person present in the documentary evidence and to situate them within their families and larger community. Focusing on the enslaved community itself makes this project ideal for a digital publication. Rather than writing a single linear narrative treatment that could only include a number of individual vignettes standing in for the whole, I will employ linked open data and social network analysis to visualize the entire community of enslaved people and their relationships to one another across space and time.

FA-25694-85Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersMichael GagarinThe Morality of Homer and Hesiod9/1/1985 - 5/31/1986$27,500.00Michael Gagarin   University of Texas, AustinAustinTX78712-0100USA1984ClassicsFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs275000275000

No project description available

FA-27678-88Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersSusan Deans-SmithState Enterprise in Bourbon Mexico: A History of the Royal Tobacco Monopoly, 1765-18211/1/1988 - 8/31/1988$27,500.00Susan Deans-Smith   University of Texas, AustinAustinTX78712-0100USA1987Latin American HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs275000137500

No project description available

FA-29142-90Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersPaul K. ConkinThe Christian Century: American Christianity in the 19th Century1/1/1990 - 8/31/1990$27,500.00PaulK.Conkin   Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleTN37203-2416USA1989U.S. HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs275000275000

No project description available

FA-36708-01Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersLaura R. GrahamDiscourse, Expressive Performance and New Media: Xavante Indians of Brazil in the Global Public Sphere7/1/2001 - 6/30/2002$35,000.00LauraR.Graham   University of IowaIowa CityIA52242-1320USA2001AnthropologyFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs350000350000

No project description available

FA-37475-02Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersDebra HawheeBodily Arts: Athletic and Rhetorical Training in Antiquity1/1/2002 - 6/30/2002$24,000.00Debra Hawhee   Board of Trustees of the University of IllinoisChampaignIL61801-3620USA2002Composition and RhetoricFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs240000240000

No project description available

FA-51517-05Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersGayle F. WaldThe Life of American Singer-Guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973)9/1/2005 - 8/31/2006$40,000.00GayleF.Wald   George Washington UniversityWashingtonDC20052-0001USA2004American StudiesFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs400000400000

MUSIC IN THE AIR: THE LIFE OF SISTER ROSETTA THARPE will be the first biography of one of the great underappreciated American popular musicians of the twentieth century. Raised in the Holiness church, Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973), a singer-guitarist from Cotton Plant, Arkansas, was one of gospel music’s earliest recording artists, its first national star, and the major crossover figure of its Golden Age. Using extensive archival research and oral histories, MUSIC IN THE AIR shows how Tharpe transformed the music of the African American church into sounds that heralded rhythm & blues and rock. Her dramatic story illuminates questions of cultural memory and the importance of African American women and gospel blues to American popular culture.

FA-52305-06Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersMatthew KapsteinVisions, Dreams, and Apocrypha in a Tibetan Buddhist Tradition7/1/2006 - 12/31/2006$24,000.00Matthew Kapstein   University of ChicagoChicagoIL60637-5418USA2005Nonwestern ReligionFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs240000240000

The present project will bring to completion a detailed study, accompanied by annotated translations of pertinent primary texts, of the origins and development of the spiritual tradition of Shang, a Tibetan esoteric Buddhist school. The work addresses several key issues in the contemporary history and philosophy of religions, including: the role of apocryphal scriptural production in the formation of new traditions; the construction of historical frameworks serving to rationalize religious systems; the doctrinal and practical elaboration of programs of spiritual exercisel; and the role of cultivated adepts in the establishment of new centers of religious authority.

FB-*0134-79Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsGordon Anthony WilsonFellowship, Philosophy6/15/1979 - 6/14/1980$20,000.00GordonAnthonyWilson   University of North Carolina, AshevilleAshevilleNC28804-3251USA1978Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs200000200000

No project description available

FB-23247-85Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsSusan Ruth NiditchUnderdogs and Tricksters: Tales of Biblical Heroes in a Traditional Narrative Context7/1/1985 - 6/30/1986$27,500.00SusanRuthNiditch   Amherst CollegeAmherstMA01002-2372USA1984Ancient LiteratureFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs275000275000

No project description available

FB-23316-85Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsElizabeth Endicott-WestChinese Society in Yuan Times, 1272-13689/1/1985 - 8/31/1986$21,600.00Elizabeth Endicott-West   President and Fellows of Middlebury CollegeMiddleburyVT05753-6004USA1984East Asian HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs216000216000

No project description available

FB-24468-87Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsDavid S. GeorgeThe Modern Brazilian Stage9/1/1987 - 8/31/1988$27,500.00DavidS.George   President and Fellows of Middlebury CollegeLake ForestIL60045-2338USA1986Latin American LiteratureFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs275000275000

No project description available

FB-24565-87Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsLeah D. HewittContemporary French Women's Autobiographies: De Beauvoir, Duras, Sarraute, Wittig, and Conde7/1/1987 - 6/30/1988$27,500.00LeahD.Hewitt   Amherst CollegeAmherstMA01002-2372USA1986French LiteratureFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs275000185000

No project description available

FB-27311-90Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsJoan H. StewartWomen's Novels in Late 18th-Century France7/1/1990 - 6/30/1991$27,500.00JoanH.Stewart   North Carolina State UniversityRaleighNC27695-0001USA1990French LiteratureFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs275000275000

No project description available

FB-28143-91Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsMary C. DavlinEnglish Religious Art and Its Relation to PIERS PLOWMAN7/1/1991 - 6/30/1992$30,000.00MaryC.Davlin   Dominican UniversityRiver ForestIL60305-1099USA1990British LiteratureFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs300000265370

No project description available

FB-35045-98Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsDavid S. PetersonPolitics, Religion, and the Church in Florence, 1415-14606/1/1998 - 5/31/1999$30,000.00DavidS.Peterson   Unaffiliated Independent ScholarLexingtonVA24450-2247USA1998European HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs300000300000

No project description available

FB-37148-01Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsJudith WalshAdvice for Women: Rewriting Patriarchy in Nine Domestic Manuals from Colonial Bengal7/1/2001 - 12/31/2001$35,000.00Judith Walsh   SUNY Research Foundation, College at Old WestburyOld WestburyNY11568-1717USA2001South Asian HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs350000240000

No project description available

FB-38397-03Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsGayle L. MorrisonDeep Tears: Hmong Oral History, 1975-903/1/2003 - 2/29/2004$40,000.00GayleL.Morrison   Unaffiliated Independent ScholarSanta AnaCA92706-1627USA2002East Asian HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

No project description available

FB-51796-05Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsCarole Marie CounihanWomen's Stories of Food, Gender, and Land in Colorado's San Luis Valley during the Twentieth Century1/1/2006 - 7/31/2006$24,000.00CaroleMarieCounihan   Millersville University of PennsylvaniaMillersvillePA17551-1806USA2004AnthropologyFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs240000240000

My project contributes to understanding the United States’ diverse Latino population by focusing on Hispanic women’s stories of food and family in the Upper Rio Grande region in southern Colorado. It uses transcriptions of food-centered life history interviews gathered over eight summers from fifteen women to write a book grounded in the insights of ethnography, Latina feminism, and ecology. Women’s descriptions of foodways reveal their work, their family roles, their connections to the land, and their subjective reflections on their lives. Their stories point toward a sustainable future for the people and the land.

FB-57108-13Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsKaren Carol PintoThe Mediterranean in the Islamic Cartographic Imagination9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015$50,400.00KarenCarolPinto   Regents of the University of Colorado, BoulderGettysburgPA17325-1483USA2012Near and Middle Eastern HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs504000504000

A book length historiographic analysis of a large body of rarely studied medieval Islamic maps of the Mediterranean. This research will bring to public light the rich legacy of Islamic maps that have lain virtually ignored in manuscript libraries for generations. The purpose of this analysis is to inform a broad audience of scholars and non-experts about the particular cultural and geopolitical perspective of Islamic cartography across a period of 8 centuries, from the 10th century onwards. This project is intended to create a bridge between Eastern and Western concepts of the history of cartography, and fill in a lacuna in Mediterranean studies: the Islamic perspective.

FE-21603-87Fellowships and Seminars: Travel to Collections, 11/85 - 2/95Robert F. BurkThe Corporate State and the Broker State: The duPonts and American National Politics, 1920-406/1/1987 - 7/31/1987$750.00RobertF.Burk   Muskingum CollegeNew ConcordOH43762-1118USA1987U.S. HistoryTravel to Collections, 11/85 - 2/95Fellowships and Seminars75007500

No project description available

FE-23524-89Fellowships and Seminars: Travel to Collections, 11/85 - 2/95Donald PizerBibliographical Research on Theodore Dreiser6/1/1989 - 11/30/1989$750.00Donald Pizer   Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, TheNew OrleansLA70118-5698USA1989American LiteratureTravel to Collections, 11/85 - 2/95Fellowships and Seminars75007500

No project description available

FEL-262356-19Research Programs: FellowshipsNathalie HesterInventing America in Baroque Italy: Columbus, Vespucci, and New World Epic9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020$60,000.00Nathalie Hester   University of OregonEugeneOR97403-5219USA2018Italian LiteratureFellowshipsResearch Programs600000600000

Research and writing leading to publication of a book on 16th- and 17th-century Italian epic poems about the Spanish conquest of the Americas.

“Inventing America in Baroque Italy” examines the ways in which, at a time when most of the Italian peninsula was a colony of Spain, seventeenth-century Italian poets represent Italy’s role in the exploration and conquest of the Americas. Taking as its corpus eleven epic poems written in the Italian vernacular between 1596 and 1650, my book considers the relationship between baroque epic poetry and local politics; between Italian poems about the Americas and Spanish colonialism; and between literary production and emerging notions of Italian identity. A principal argument of this study is that the heated debates about representing Columbus and Vespucci as epic heroes inevitably point to concerns about Europe’s global expansion and Italy’s role in that expansion. This project sheds light on texts that have not received adequate attention in studies of early modern European colonialism and in scholarship on the reception of the Americas in seventeenth-century Italy.

FO-50026-06Research Programs: Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on JapanKaren Esther WigenGeopolitics and Geopieties in 20th-Century Nagano9/1/2006 - 5/31/2007$40,000.00KarenEstherWigen   Stanford UniversityStanfordCA94305-2004USA2005GeographyFellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on JapanResearch Programs400000400000

This project maps the shifting shape of the Nagano highlands across Japan’s twentieth century, in the national as well as the local imagination. Focusing on the core genres through which knowledge of Japanese regions has been transmitted—maps, museums, textbooks, and tourist literature—the study highlights three tensions in this archive: between the insider’s idiom of native place (kyodo) and the outsider’s trope of landscape (fukei); between the competing ways in which Nagano has been located in the nation, Asia, and the world over time; and between the anti-political quality of most regional rhetoric and the ideological work that this genre has historically performed.

FS-*0067-81Education Programs: Seminars for Higher Education FacultyStanford UniversityLate Medieval Fictions1/1/1981 - 12/31/1981$70,000.00DonaldR.Howard   Stanford UniversityStanfordCA94305-2004USA1980British LiteratureSeminars for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs700000602800

No project description available

FS-*0113-80Education Programs: Seminars for Higher Education FacultyTrustees of Indiana UniversityAmerican Indian-White Relations:1/1/1980 - 12/31/1980$60,000.00BernardW.Sheehan   Trustees of Indiana UniversityBloomingtonIN47405-7000USA1979American StudiesSeminars for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs60000041610.920

No project description available

FT-229941-15Research Programs: Summer StipendsAshwini TambeGirlhood and Cultural Difference in the 20th Century6/1/2015 - 7/31/2015$6,000.00Ashwini Tambe   University of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkMD20742-5141USA2015Legal HistorySummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

Summer research and writing on Gender Studies, Legal and Women's History.

I seek an NEH summer stipend to complete the final chapter of my book manuscript. In the book I explore transnational forces that shaped increases in the age of sexual consent for girls in the twentieth century, such as new scientific ideas about adolescence, UN legal conventions, and population control. I explain how diverse cultural notions about girls' sexual maturation were negotiated. The book contributes to understanding how the meaning and age span of modern girlhood expanded. In my final chapter I will examine the popularization of the term "girl child" in international advocacy circles. The chapter will trace the term's broad arc from the 1990 South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Year of the Girl Child to the 2012 UN International Year of the Girl Child. I will show how the term traveled outside South Asia to frame 1990s UN activities and corporate campaigns in the 2000s and 2010s. The chapter will help contextualize the current popularity of framing formerly "women's issues" as now "girls' issues."

FT-286260-22Research Programs: Summer StipendsAva PurkissFit Citizens: A History of Black Women’s Exercise from Post-Reconstruction to Postwar America6/1/2022 - 7/31/2022$6,000.00Ava Purkiss   Regents of the University of MichiganAnn ArborMI48109-1382USA2022African American HistorySummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

Research and writing of a book about the intersections between Black womanhood, exercise, and citizenship from the 1890s to the 1950s. 

Fit Citizens explores how African American women used physical exercise to demonstrate their “fitness” for citizenship from the 1890s to the 1950s—a time when physically fit bodies garnered new political meaning. It will be the first monograph on the history of black exercise and seeks to expand conventional frameworks of health and citizenship in the humanities, particularly in the fields of history, Black Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and American Studies. The project shows that black women asserted their moral and physical fitness for citizenship through calisthenics, gymnastics, sports, walking, and other forms of cardiovascular exercise. In placing black women squarely within the history of American fitness, the book decenters labor as the primary mode of black mobility and physicality. It prompts humanities scholars to think more literally, and in effect more critically, about how African Americans actually “exercised citizenship.”

FT-31824-88Research Programs: Summer StipendsJohn K. ThorntonEuropean Military Encounters with the Non-Western World, 1400-16005/1/1988 - 9/30/1988$3,500.00JohnK.Thornton   Boston UniversityMillersvillePA17551-1806USA1988History, GeneralSummer StipendsResearch Programs3500035000

No project description available

FT-38903-93Research Programs: Summer StipendsJoseph P. KellyJames Joyce's Literary Reputation and the History of DUBLINERS5/1/1993 - 9/30/1993$4,750.00JosephP.Kelly   College of CharlestonCharlestonSC29424-0001USA1993British LiteratureSummer StipendsResearch Programs4750047500

No project description available

FZ-280212-21Research Programs: Public ScholarsRachel Lucille SwarnsThe 272: The Story of the Enslaved Families who Fueled the Growth of Georgetown University and the Catholic Church9/1/2021 - 4/30/2022$40,000.00RachelLucilleSwarns   New York UniversityNew YorkNY10012-1019USA2021African American HistoryPublic ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

Writing an account of enslaved people sold by Maryland Jesuits in 1838 to support their college, now known as Georgetown University.

In 1838, the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests sold 272 enslaved men, women and children in a desperate bid to raise money to ensure the survival of the only Catholic institution of higher learning of the time, the college we now know as Georgetown University. The priests were successful. The profits from the sale helped to save the college from financial ruin, allowing it to flourish and to develop into one of the nation’s elite universities. But that success came at a terrible cost. My book, which will be published by Random House in 2023, will tell the story of the people who were sold, and their descendants, and examine how slavery helped to fuel the growth of the university and the Catholic Church in the United States.

GM-*0227-79Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsMuseum of Fine Arts, BostonExhibition: New England Begins: The Seventeenth Century 1620-17001/1/1979 - 8/31/1982$285,960.00JonathanL.Fairbanks   Museum of Fine Arts, BostonBostonMA02115-5523USA1978Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs185960100000185960100000

For an exhibit and programs interpreting the social, intellectual, and artistic continuities that prevailed between England and the Colonies.

GW-261168-18Public Programs: Community ConversationsCity of Pittsfield, MassachusettsThe Mastheads9/1/2018 - 8/31/2020$97,900.00Tessa Kelly   City of Pittsfield, MassachusettsPittsfieldMA01201-6250USA2018American LiteratureCommunity ConversationsPublic Programs87600103008760010300

Implementation of a two-year community conversation and in-school programming series connecting local residents in the Pittsfield area to the literary and urban history of the Berkshires.

The Mastheads is a public humanities project in Pittsfield, Massachusetts that seeks to connect local residents to the literary and urban history of the Berkshire region. We are applying for a Community Conversations grant over a two-year period to support an annual humanities lecture series in Pittsfield, a publishing venture in support of this series, and auxiliary literacy pedagogy in Pittsfield’s public schools.

HAA-263825-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsAdler Planetarium & Astronomy MuseumAdvancing Access to Transcribed Text in Citizen Humanities1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021$178,961.00Samantha BlickhanLaura TrouilleAdler Planetarium & Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL60605-2403USA2018Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities17896101781030

Extending’s online platform to allow individual crowdsourcing project teams to review, compare, and edit transcriptions, and to work directly with raw text data generated from community transcription projects.

Advancing Access to Transcribed Text in Citizen Humanities will build off of existing methods used by for online crowdsourced transcription of handwritten documents. The Zooniverse team has noted that humanities researchers frequently require additional support when working with the results of text-transcription crowdsourcing projects, particularly for review and analysis of data. In this proposal, we request a Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant, which will facilitate the creation of an online viewer and editor which will allow researchers to work with the raw and aggregated text data from Zooniverse transcription projects (including the ability to review and edit transcriptions) before uploading them into their Content Management Systems to be presented to the public.

HAA-263850-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsUniversity of Kentucky Research FoundationReading the Invisible Library: Rescuing the Hidden Texts of Herculaneum1/1/2019 - 12/31/2022$500,000.00WilliamBrentSeales   University of Kentucky Research FoundationLexingtonKY40506-0004USA2018ClassicsDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities45000050000449977.5650000

The continued development of computerized techniques to recover writings from the Herculaneum library, the entire collections of which were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BCE.

Using authentic materials from national libraries in Italy and France, this project will apply proven computerized techniques and innovate new approaches to reveal the hidden writing in the most iconic collection of damaged humanities manuscripts--the scrolls from Herculaneum. During this phase of the project, key goals are to develop and analyze a new method for recovering and enhancing ink signals from within scrolls and manuscripts, and to develop new machine-learning (AI) techniques to render those signals into visible text.

HB-50375-13Research Programs: Awards for FacultyCristian Horacio RicciMoroccan Literature and the Broadening of Postcolonial Literary Studies7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014$50,400.00CristianHoracioRicci   University of California, MercedMercedCA95344-0039USA2012Area StudiesAwards for FacultyResearch Programs504000504000

As the result of labor migration and family reunification (twenty percent of Moroccan citizens now live in Europe), combined with the geographic proximity of Europe and North Africa, the notion of a national or ‘native’ literature is slightly unstable with regard to Morocco. Morocco’s literary production is not limited by the borders of the nation-state, but spills over to the European continent, where the largest communities with members of Moroccan descent are to be found in France (over a million), Spain (800,000), the Netherlands (370,000), and Belgium (200,000). Moreover, the works of Morocco-based writers, who are also compelled to write in a language that is not their mother tongue, constitute a form of diasporic writing from within. It is not the aim of this study to tie such writings to their “national” place of origin, but to re-conceptualize the idea of a “Moroccan” literature with regard to the transnational and plurilingual experiences from which it arises.

HK-50161-14Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Implementation GrantsUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeley Prosopography Services: Implementing the Tool-kit9/1/2014 - 9/30/2018$325,000.00NiekC.VeldhuisLaurieE.PearceUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyCA94704-5940USA2014Ancient LanguagesDigital Humanities Implementation GrantsDigital Humanities32500003250000

The enhancement of the Berkeley Prosopography Services platform and toolkit to extend its capabilities for social network analysis and improve its user interface for scholars.

The project is designed to extend the functionality of Berkeley Prosopography Services (BPS), an interactive tool-kit for analyzing and visualizing datasets, and to expand its accessibility and utility to researchers working with data across diverse disciplines. BPS streamlines prosopography and social network analysis (SNA) by offering an integrated and customizable out-of-the-box digital analysis tool-kit and work environment that facilitate the dynamic recovery and exploration of the connections between individuals and activities in all areas and ages of human endeavor. The tool-kit includes: (1) a corpus input and management tool, (2) a probabilistic disambiguator, (3) support for assertions, (4) an SNA engine, (5) a visualization module, and (6) workspace support. The implementation phase of BPS will build on its existing software base, its sound conceptual and architectural structure and will focus on these areas of technical development and increased user functionality.

PG-233766-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsAvon Free Public LibraryPreservation Needs Assessment for the Marian Hunter History Room at the Avon Free Public Library1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$5,553.00Glenn Grube   Avon Free Public LibraryAvonCT06001-2537USA2015Cultural HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5553055530

The hiring of a consultant to conduct a preservation needs assessment of a collection that consists of books, serials, photographs, postcards, maps, deeds, and other memorabilia related to the history of this Connecticut town.  Highlights include the family papers of Rev. Rufus Hawley (1741-1826) and industrialist Frank Hadsell (1859-1942) and a collection of service histories connected with members of Avon’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3272.  A number of researchers, including genealogists, have used these materials, which have also formed the basis for displays and public programs.  In addition to the planned assessment, the grant would enable staff to attend a workshop on the preservation of paper-based materials.

The Marian Hunter History Room at the Avon Free Public Library is dedicated to Marian M. Hunter, long-time librarian and historian of Avon. The collection was formed when the Library and the Avon Historical Society combined their archives and dedicated the room on February 4, 1989. Researchers and interested residents may find information on the general history of the town, original old homes and buildings in Avon, and genealogies of original families. The collection includes photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, maps, deeds, and other memorabilia. Library staff and Historical Society volunteers are working to digitize and preserve the collection, but a professional preservation needs assessment should be completed to determine suitable and adequate long term preservation and storage plans for this collection. The History Room is open for research and study on a regular 14 hours per week schedule, plus by appointment and for special functions.

PG-280806-21Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsChicago Dance History ProjectChicago Dance History Project Digital Preservation10/1/2021 - 9/30/2022$10,000.00Jenai Cutcher   Chicago Dance History ProjectChicagoIL60611-1558USA2021Dance History and CriticismPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access100000100000

A preservation assessment and draft preservation plan for the digital archives of the Chicago Dance History Project, a collection of over 20,000 digitized items including oral histories, photographs, ephemera, and audiovisual materials documenting the history of dance in Chicago from the twentieth century to the present. Highlights include interviews with dancers who worked with nationally recognized artists such as Katherine Dunham and Bob Fosse, archival documents related to Sammy Dyer School of the Theater director Shirley Hall Bass, and photographs documenting the independent, experimental dance scenes of the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. The archive is available online through the organization’s website and has been used by documentary filmmakers, the news media, and students and researchers writing dissertations and books. The project would also include basic training in digital archival practices for staff.

This grant will enable Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) to engage an archival consultant to conduct a preservation assessment, draft a future plan for our digital archives, and provide support staff with basic training. This project is the first step in our long-term goal to properly catalog and preserve the materials that are currently under our care; create policy, standards and workflows to manage future donations/acquisitions of materials; and create a fully searchable database to make them easily accessible to the public.