Thursday, August 20, 2015

NEH Grants Announced

While I was in Princeton last month leading a seminar on the "13 Colonies" for the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History I received an e-mail announcing the latest projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

As I wrote a few weeks ago, one of the highlights of the week with the K-8 teachers taking the seminar was a tour of colonial Philadelphia with LaSalle University's George Boudreau.  

The NEH grants were announced the day before our tour.  George arrived at Philadelphia's Welcome Park with a big grin on his face and proudly announced that his teachers seminar on Benjamin Franklin had been funded for the summer of 2016.  Congrats to George and all the winners!

Here are some of the NEH-funded projects that the readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home might find interesting:

Seminars for College Teachers
  • Olivier Zunz, Univ. of Virginia, “Exploring American Democracy, with Alexis de Tocqueville as Guide”

Seminars for School Teachers
  • Graham Hodges, Colgate Univ., “Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad"
  • Gerard Koot, Univ. of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, “The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of a European World Economy”

Public Scholar Program
  • Thomas Andrews, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, “Animals in the History of the United States”
  • Linda Przybyszewski, Univ. of Notre Dame, “The Unexpected Origins of Modern Religious Liberty”
  • Jason Sokol, Univ. of New Hampshire, “Shot Rings Out: How Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death Was Lived”

Landmarks of American History               
  • George Boudreau, La Salle Univ., “Benjamin Franklin and the American People”
  • Jennifer Dorsey, Siena Coll., “Religious Revival, Utopian Society, and the Shaker Experience in America”
  • Eric Rauchway, Univ. of California, Davis, “The Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation”
  • Stephen Robertson, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, “Graffiti Houses: The Civil War from the Perspective of Individual Soldiers”
  • Jose Torre, State Univ. of New York, Coll. at Brockport, “The Rochester Reform Trail: Women’s Rights, Religion, and Abolition on the Genesee River and the Erie Canal”

Scholarly Editions and Translations
  • Daniel Feller, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, “The Papers of Andrew Jackson: A Documentary Edition”
  • Edward Lengel, Univ. of Virginia, “The Papers of George Washington”
  • Constance Schulz, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, “The Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen of South Carolina: A Digital Documentary Edition: Phase 2”
  • J.C.A. Stagg, Univ. of Virginia, “The Papers of James Madison”
  • Harry Stout, Yale Univ., “Jonathan Edwards Center Online Initiative”

Institutes for College and University Teachers
  • Kevin Butterfield, Univ. of Oklahoma, “Westward Expansion and the Constitution in the Early American Republic”
  • Donna Ray, Graduate Center, CUNY, “The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath”
  • Kurtis Schaeffer, Univ. of Virginia, “Problems of the Study of Religion”

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
  • David Eltis, Emory Univ., “Enhancing and Sustaining www.slavevoyages.org”
  • Erika Lee, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, “Immigrant Stories”

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
  • Sharon Leon, George Mason Univ., “Doing Digital History 2016: An Institute for Mid-Career American Historians”