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Program: Humanities Discussions*
Date range: 2018-2021
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GG-278256-21

American Library Association (Chicago, IL 60611-2729)
Melanie Welch (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage

Resources and training for a nationwide reading and discussion program focused on the history of suffrage and its aftermath.

The American Library Association requests a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Humanities Projects grant in the amount of $249,999 to implement a Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage humanities discussion project corresponding to NEH’s “A More Perfect Union” special initiative. On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, which prohibited the government from denying a citizen the right to vote on the basis of sex. As the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of this landmark amendment, it is surprising how many Americans know very little about this milestone in the nation’s history. It is important that we highlight the decades of struggle, resistance, and demonstration by the women’s suffrage movement leading up to the ratification so communities may better appreciate and understand the lasting impact it has had on the nation. This project will engage communities across the nation in critical reflection and discussion on the movement.

Project fields:
Literature, General; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Humanities Discussions

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$249,999 (approved)
$249,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


GG-278279-21

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Warrior Chorus: American Democracy

Public programs led by veterans and scholars based on classical Greek and American historical texts to address the meaning of democracy.

The Warrior Chorus: American Democracy – is a major national humanities program about the meaning of democracy by the men and women we asked to fight for it. It will present a public engagement series led by veterans and scholars based around classical Greek and American historical texts to address the meaning of democracy. American Democracy will train veterans and scholars in three regional centers to lead, staged readings, audience discussion, participatory workshops and public talks in 23 locations throughout America, connected with Aquila Theatre’s staging of Paul Woodruff’s translation of Sophocles’ Antigone. This will be coupled with a dynamic use of social media and a specially developed app. American Democracy uses classic texts to inspire people from all backgrounds to reflect on the connections between the works of the ancient Greeks and the issues they reflect in their own lives.

Project fields:
African American History; Classics; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Discussions

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$399,980 (approved)
$399,980 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 6/30/2023


GG-269696-20

Video Veracity, Inc (New Orleans, LA 70118-2059)
Dawn C. Logsdon (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Free For All: Public Library Discussions Initiative

Implementation of a national discussion program centered around the film Free For All: Inside the Public Library.

The Free For All: Public Library Discussions Initiative, led by Video Veracity and Serendipity Films in partnership with the American Library Association, other library groups, and the Kitchen Sisters podcasters, will spark face-to-face public engagement around the humanities themes in the NEH-funded documentary Free For All, which explores the history, culture, and significance of the American public library and the free library movement that created it. Set to launch July 4th weekend, the program celebrates the upcoming 250th anniversary of our democracy and encourages civic education through scholar-led discussions and “Story Hours” in regional libraries across the nation, inviting the public to reflect on our national values of democracy, community, literacy, and plurality. Working closely with our partners, we will extend learning through in-person and digital experiences for discussion participants and through the creation of a robust multimedia Toolkit.

Project fields:
Architecture; Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Discussions

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$310,000 (approved)
$310,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2022


GG-271459-20

Newberry Library (Chicago, IL 60610-3380)
Karen Christianson (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
¡Vivan las Revoluciones!: Forming More Perfect Unions Across the Americas

A series of public programs celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and its role in similar events in Latin American nations.

The Newberry Library seeks an NEH Humanities Discussions grant to support “¡Vivan las Revoluciones!: Forming More Perfect Unions Across the Americas.” In a series of twelve public programs, scholars, writers, artists, and community members will explore the complex histories and ongoing legacies of the Age of Revolutions across the Americas, inaugurated by the revolution of 1776. The confluence of the approaching 250th anniversary of the United States’ founding with the bicentennial commemorations in the early 2020s of independence for many Latin American nations provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on and reevaluate the vibrant, complex shared histories of the freedom struggles of the peoples of the Americas.

Project fields:
Comparative Politics; Latin American History; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Discussions

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$147,337 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 6/30/2022


GG-271516-20

National Indian Education Association (Washington, DC 20005-2075)
Herman J. Viola (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Warrior Spirit Project

Implementation of an online archive, educational materials, and oral history exhibition that collects, interprets, and chronicles the contribution of Native American veterans to the United States.

The goal of the Warrior Spirit Project is broadly educate the American people about the dedication, contributions, and sacrifices made by Native Americans in military service to our country.

Project fields:
Military History; Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Discussions

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2022


GG-266320-19

University of Maine, Augusta (Augusta, ME 04330-9488)
Lisa Botshon (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Maine's Mid-Century Moment: A Bicentennial Celebration

Implementation of sixteen humanities discussions exploring the artistic and literary interpretations of Maine’s identity in the mid-twentieth century.

This project investigates the overlooked history of literature and art of the mid-20th century, when writers, artists, and entrepreneurs helped to construct a fresh, but enduring, vision of the state of Maine, one that marketed its rustic character. While some of the remarkable creators from this era remain in the public eye—such as artists Marsden Hartley and Andrew Wyeth—others have faded into obscurity, including then-bestselling writers Katharine Butler Hathaway and Louise Dickinson Rich, as well as the few native Wabanaki artisans who persisted with traditional arts even through severe economic and political challenges. UMA requests $250,000 to implement a two-year project for a series of 16 statewide humanities discussions and a digital humanities map that probe the ways in which this era was essential to the development of the Maine we know today.

Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Humanities Discussions

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$93,133 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


GG-266368-19

International Storytelling Center (Jonesborough, TN 37659-1239)
Kiran Sirah (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Freedom Stories: Unearthing the African American Heritage of Appalachia

Implementation of a series of public discussions and an accompanying podcast and website that engage professional storytellers with humanities scholars to explore the history of African Americans in Appalachia.

Building on a successful record of providing innovative public programs and serving as a clearinghouse for storytelling and educational resources, the International Storytelling Center’s project will achieve a deeper public appreciation of the history and cultural heritage of African American communities in Appalachia. The project will bring together professional storytellers, humanities scholars, community experts, and audiences for a series of bridge-building, forward-looking planning sessions, public discussions and resource development initiatives. Products to be developed include a podcast series and multi-media toolkit prepared by humanities scholars, which will support the development of similar project featuring collaboration and dialogue between storytellers and scholars across the U.S. The Center will complete the project in partnership with the National Association of Black Storytellers, Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, and other organizations.

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Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Humanities Discussions

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2021


GG-266374-19

Maine Humanities Council (Portland, ME 04102-1012)
Elizabeth Sinclair (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
2020: Bicentennial Vision for Maine Past, Present, and Future

Implementation of scholar-facilitated reading and discussion sessions, a humanities speakers bureau, and a “Theater of Ideas” that explore the history of Maine’s road to statehood to commemorate the state’s bicentennial.

2020: Bicentennial Vision for Maine Past, Present, and Future is a 24-month initiative to provide shared humanities experiences and unique opportunities for Mainers to read, reflect, and connect with one another to gain a fuller understanding of where Maine has been and where it’s going. The initiative will leverage widespread public interest in Maine’s bicentennial to bring public humanities programming to communities big and small. Many pressing public issues facing Maine today are evident when we look to the statehood period. By bringing Mainers together around this history, we will provide context for dialogue that will equip citizens to envision the state’s next 200 years. Programs will be held in partnership with libraries and adult education programs. The initiative will consist of three program formats: (1) multi-session scholar-facilitated reading and discussion, (2) humanities speakers bureau, and (3) “Theater of Ideas” lively theater and discussion presentations.

Project fields:
Literature, General; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Discussions

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$110,000 (approved)
$110,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022