Recipient: Castle, Lainie (Chicago, IL 60611 USA) in affiliation with American Library Association
Grant: 189962 / BA-50004-08, Category: Art History, Division: Education Programs, Program: Picturing America
State Humanities Program
Recipient: (Jackson, MS 39211 USA) in affiliation with Mississippi Humanities Council (Jackson, MS 39211-6497 USA)
Grant: 189520 / SO-50257-08, Category: Humanities, Division: Federal/State Partnership, Program: State Programs (SO)
"To Form a More Perfect Union: African American History at Colonial Williamsburg
Recipient: (Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776 USA) in affiliation with Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (Williamsburg, VA 23187 USA)
Goal: Endowment for staffing, programming, and digital technology acquisitions in a program focused on the role of African Americans in the founding era of the republic.
Description: Colonial Williamsburg seeks to establish a permanent endowment to broaden the research and understanding of the American Revolutionary era and our nation's founding principles and ideals, which motivated the struggle to realize the promise of freedom. This project will build upon Colonial Williamsburg's existing efforts to develop new initiatives that enhance humanities education programming. Specifically, NEH funding will allow the Foundation to strengthen an important aspect of its educational curriculum, Education for Citizenship, by further exploring the role of African Americans in the founding of the American Republic, the struggle to end slavery and racial discrimination, and the fight for all Americans to obtain citizenship and secure liberty, justice and opportunity.
Grant: 186878 / CZ-50176-08, Category: American History, Division: Challenge Grants, Program: Special Initiatives
The Byrne-Reed House: The New Headquarters of Humanities Texas
Recipient: Gillette, Michael L (Austin, TX 78701 USA) in affiliation with Humanities Texas (Austin, TX 78701-1506 USA)
Description: Humanities Texas seeks a $1 million NEH Challenge Grant to retire debt and fund restoration of its new headquarters in downtown Austin. The three-story structure will raise the council's visibility among state government, potential institutional partners, and citizens of Texas. Its 11,000 square feet will allow the council, for the first time, to host lectures, workshops, exhibits, and other public events in its own space. The building's white stucco facade conceals a hidden treasure: the Byrne-Reed House, a century-old brick mansion. This restoration will result in an aesthetically pleasing and highly functional home for the humanities in the center of Texas's capital city. It will dramatically increase the quantity and intellectual quality of humanities programming; it will also, through the accompanying capital campaign, expand the council's fundraising base and relationships with institutional and individual donors. The Challenge Grant will transform the council and its work.
Grant: 187510 / CH-50493-08, Category: Humanities, Division: Challenge Grants, Program: Challenge Grants
American Experience: Freedom Riders
Recipient: Samels, Mark (Boston, MA 02135 USA) in affiliation with WGBH Educational Foundation
Goal: Production of a multiplatform media project on the Freedom Riders, the hundreds of Civil Rights activists who challenged segregation in interstate transport in the American South during the spring and summer of 1961.
Description: This is a request to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a production grant to support an ambitious multi-platform project on the Freedom Riders, the hundreds of civil rights activists who challenged segregation in interstate transport in the American South during the spring and summer of 1961. The centerpiece of the project is a special two-hour film presentation of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE with a national PBS broadcast scheduled to coincide with the Rides' fiftieth anniversary in 2011. The Freedom Riders project also includes an interactive website, on which the documentary will be made available as streaming video; an extended series of vodcasts featuring Riders and scholars; a series of panel discussions and screening events, hosted by universities, museums, and humanities councils around the country; and a traveling exhibit for libraries, created in association with the Gilder Lehrman Institute.
Grant: 191736 / TR-50006-08, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Program: America's Media Makers Production
American Art and the East
Recipient: (New York, NY 10128-0173 USA) in affiliation with Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Goal: Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a catalog, a website, a symposium, and related educational and public programs examining the impact of Asian art, literature, and philosophy on American art from 1860 to 1970.
Description: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM) respectfully requests a National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman's Special Award grant of $1 million within the category of "America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grant." NEH funding would enable SRGM to organize, design and present "American Art and the East," an interpretive traveling exhibition illuminating the dynamic and complex impact of Asian art, literacy texts and philosophical concepts on American artistic practices of the late 19th-century (ca. 1860-1900), early modern (ca. 1900-1945), postwar avant-garde (1945-1970) and early contemporary periods (1970 - ). Featuring 270 objects in array of media, including paintings, works on paper, sculptures, video art, installations and books, the exhibition will travel to three major cities across the United States: SRGM (Jan 2009); San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (Summer 2009) and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Fall 2009).
Grant: 191847 / GI-50035-08, Category: Humanities, Division: Public Programs, Program: America's Historical & Cultural Organizations Implementation
The American Republic Initiative at Harvard University
Recipient: (Cambridge, MA 02138 USA) in affiliation with Harvard University
Goal: Endowment and bridge funding for a visiting faculty position in American Political Thought and Institutions, graduate student fellowships, and an annual summer institute for high school teachers.
Description: Harvard University is applying for a We the People Challenge Grant of $1,000,000 to be matched by funds of a minimum of $3,000,000 we will raise in order to fund a new Program on the American Republic. Anticipated endowment income will be used for three core purposes: (1) a new faculty position in American Political Thought and Institutions, (2) two graduate student dissertation fellowships in the Study of the American Republic, and (3) an annual two-day summer institute for high school teachers, starting with the Boston Public School system. Near term funds will enhance the building and maintenance of an information technology infrastructure that can enhance education at Harvard and elsewhere, as well as grants for course development and educational technology and materials development. Existing funds (separate from this application) will support a related speaker series and an annual Conference on the American Republic.
Grant: 186880 / CZ-50178-08, Category: Political Science, Division: Challenge Grants, Program: Special Initiatives
Enhancing Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame
Recipient: (Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA) in affiliation with University of Notre Dame
Goal: Endowment for two professorships, acquisitions, conferences, and visiting lectures in Byzantine Studies.
Description: For over a millennium (330-1453) Byzantium integrated and disseminated the rich cultures of Classical and Hellenistic Greece, Ancient Rome, Asia Minor, Early Christianity, and the Slavic worlds. It was a great civilization at the crossroads of interchange between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. To understand the history and thought of Byzantium is to better understand the cultures and religious dynamics of those regions and religions today. Unfortunately, Byzantine Studies is a discipline often overlooked and misunderstood by academics in the West. The University of Notre Dame requests $1 million from the NEH to establish one of the strongest Byzantine Studies programs in North America. The proposed challenge grant will endow two new tenure-track positions in Byzantine history and theology; two graduate student fellowships in Byzantine Studies; conferences and visiting lecturers; and library acquisitions. Notre Dame will raise $4 million from external sources to match the NEH grant.
Grant: 186204 / CH-50443-08, Category: Medieval Studies, Division: Challenge Grants, Program: Challenge Grants
The Medieval Spain Project
Recipient: (Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA) in affiliation with Catticus Corporation (Berkeley, CA 94710 USA)
Goal: Production of a two-hour historical television documentary, website, and DVD that examine the rich and complex intermingling of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in medieval Spain from the Muslim conquest in 711 through the consolidation of Christian power in the 15th century.
Description: The Medieval Spain Project is a historical television documentary examining the rich and complex period of Muslim, Christian and Jewish coexistence in Spain that began with the Muslim conquest in 711 and continued through the consolidation of Christian power, into the 15th century. During this period Muslims, Christians and Jews competed and collaborated in the construction of a culture and a civilization that would become instrumental in shaping what we now know as Europe.
Grant: 191583 / TI-50110-08, Category: Far Eastern History, Division: Public Programs, Program: Media TV Production
Postcards From Buster
Recipient: Greenwald, Carol (Boston, MA 02135 USA) in affiliation with WGBH Educational Foundation
Goal: Production of three half-hour episodes on the history and culture of India, Kenya, and Chile for Postcards from Buster, a television series for children six to eight years old; in addition, support of material on six countries for the Arthur website and the Arthur's World exhibit at the Boston Children's Museum.
Description: The WGBH Educational Foundation seeks funding for an international multi-media project, centered around the production of three International Specials that comprise the fourth season of Postcards From Buster. Featuring a combination of live-action and animation, the episodes will introduce 6-8 year olds to the music, art, language, religion, cultural traditions and history of its international destinations (India, Kenya, and Chile). Funding will also allow WGBH to create Web, outreach, and museum activities that enhance and expand upon the humanities content presented in the international TV episodes from both Seasons III (Egypt, Italy, China) and IV. WGBH is working with educators and curriculum experts to create a project that is grounded in sound scholarship and will encourage young people?s engagement with the humanities in an increasingly interconnected world.
Grant: 191746 / TR-50016-08, Category: Interdisciplinary, Division: Public Programs, Program: America's Media Makers Production
Art of the Americas Wing - American Colonial and Federal Art
Recipient: (Boston, MA 02115 USA) in affiliation with Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Goal: Construction, reinstallation, and interpretation of new galleries and period rooms featuring American Colonial and Federal art, as well as endowment for conservation.
Description: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) requests a We the People Challenge Grant of $1 million to support the construction, reinstallation, and interepretation of its new galleries and period rooms featuring American Colonial and Federal Art. An endowment created by the grant and matching funds will also support the conservation of works to be included in these galleries. This collection, which ranks among the best in the world, will be exhibited in a new four-story wing that will serve as the centerpiece of a building expansion project scheduled for completion in 2009. We the People support will allow the MFA to tell the story of the birth of the United States, in all of its richness, through its reinstalled collection of American Colonial and Federal Art and through a variety of interpretive elements that are integral to the galleries.
Grant: 176784 / CZ-50143-08, Category: Art History and Criticism, Division: Challenge Grants, Program: Special Initiatives
Digital Humanities Initiative Challenge Grant for the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
Recipient: (Charlottesville, VA 22904-4115 USA) in affiliation with University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA)
Goal: Endowment for equipment, computer hardware and software acquisitions, staff salaries and training, as well as bridge funding.
Description: The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia was founded in 1992 with the mission of applying information technology to humanities scholarship. To date, it has sponsored over 40 faculty research projects in nearly every humanities discipline. As one of the first digital humanities institutes in the world, IATH has played a leading role in founding this new approach towards scholarship. With support of the NEH Challenge Grant, IATH seeks to advance the field of digital humanities by pioneering projects based on collaborative, multisensory 3D user interfaces that integrate analytical tools with texts, images, maps, and dynamic 3D representations. To achieve this goal, IATH is conducting a capital campaign to build an endowment fund to be used for two related purposes: 1) maintaining and enhancing IATH's cyberinfrastructure of networking and data capture equipment, hardware and software; and 2) recruiting, retaining, and training IATH staff.
Grant: 186214 / CH-50453-08, Category: Humanities, Division: Challenge Grants, Program: Challenge Grants
The Center for the History and New Media: A Proposal for the NEH Challenge Grant Program
Recipient: (Fairfax, VA 22030 USA) in affiliation with George Mason University
Goal: Endowment for partial salaries for a digital historian, a web designer, a computer programmer, two graduate research assistants, as well as software and equipment acquisitions.
Description: The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University has established an international reputation for its innovative work at the intersection of new technology and the more venerable pursuit of the past. This challenge grant will endow a $3 million CHNM Infrastructure and Innovation Sustaining Fund that would support staff, software, and equipment to allow us permanently to maintain projects launched with grant funding as well as to explore emerging possibilities and technologies. This is a particularly opportune moment for CHNM to create this endowment because it has established a strong track record in history and has demonstrated its ability to raise endowment funds with a prior challenge grant. In addition, Mason is about to launch a major capital campaign and will make CHNM an important fund raising target.
Grant: 187529 / CH-50512-08, Category: History, Division: Challenge Grants, Program: Challenge Grants
State Humanities Program
Recipient: (Bayfield, WI 54814 USA) in affiliation with Wisconsin Humanities Council (Madison, WI 537033680 USA)
Grant: 189548 / SO-50285-08, Category: Humanities, Division: Federal/State Partnership, Program: State Programs (SO)
Center for the Study of American Democracy
Recipient: (Gambier, OH 43022 USA) in affiliation with Kenyon College
Goal: Endowment for the director's salary, fellowships and other programming at a new Center for the Study of American Democracy.
Description: Kenyon College will establish and endow a permanent Center for the Study of American Democracy to promote the historical, political, and cultural study of our country's fundamental principles and historical practices. Funding will endow a new faculty position for the Director, post-doctoral Fellowship, biennial national conference, and public lectures. An established Center will sponsor research grants for faculty and students and a summer workshop for Kenyon faculty, and will provide resources for Kenyon's advanced high school programs. The Center will publish electronic journals, a blogsite, podcasts, and scholarly monographs arising out of the conferences, extending the Center's impact on the campus and state. With undergraduate education at its core, Center programs will engage eminent scholars, public policy and political experts, and civic and business leaders in a rare and nationally significant extended dialogue about American liberal democracy and our founding principles.
Grant: 186875 / CZ-50173-08, Category: Political Science, Division: Challenge Grants, Program: Special Initiatives
Recipient: (New York, NY 10023 USA) in affiliation with New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA)
Goal: Production of a 90-minute documentary film about the attempt to save the icebound community of Nome, Alaska, from a diphtheria epidemic in 1925.
Description: ICEBOUND, a 90-minute documentary film, will recount the famous 1925 dog sled race in which twenty men and more than 150 dogs, relayed antitoxin across 674 miles of Alaskan wilderness, battling blizzards and temperatures as low as 70 degrees below zero, to save the icebound community of Nome, Alaksa from a dreaded diptheria epidemic. This "Race Against Death" is on of the most harrowing cliffhangers of the 20th Century. It enraptured an entire generation of Americans, but not just as an adventure story. It was a chance for Americans to reflect on how the nation had grown from a rugged and dangerous frontier to a modern and urban society, brought together by advances in transportation and mass communication.
Grant: 186449 / TI-50081-08, Category: Film History and Criticism, Division: Public Programs, Program: Media TV Production
We the People Bookshelf: Picturing America
Recipient: Castle, Lainie (Chicago, IL 60611 USA) in affiliation with American Library Association
Grant: 192451 / BB-50012-08, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Program: Bookshelf Cooperative Agreement, We the People
No Job For a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report World War II
Recipient: (New York, NY 10011 USA) in affiliation with Women Make Movies, Inc. (New York, NY 10010 USA)
Goal: Production of a one-hour documentary film and companion website focusing on women reporters of World War II.
Description: "No Job For a Woman": The Women Who fought To Report World War II will be the first fillm (and companion web-site) to focus on American women's role in reporting WWII. This important chapter in journalism history will show viewers the story of WWII women war reporters, the obstacles they encountered, and their role in contributing to a new way of war reporting.
Grant: 191593 / TI-50120-08, Category: Media-General, Division: Public Programs, Program: Media TV Production
C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, Washington College
Recipient: (Chestertown, MD 21620 USA) in affiliation with Washington College
Goal: Purchase and renovation of an historic house for use as a fellows' residence, and endowment for a program of research and writing fellowships on the Founding Era and its legacy.
Description: Washington College seeks to create new programs at its C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, especially a residential Fellows program supporting outstanding work on the Founding era and its legacy. This innovative project, complementing our existing George Washington Book Prize, would be open to both academics and independent writers, focusing on book projects that contribute to public awareness of history beyond the academy. The Challenge Grant would create a Fellows Residence in a restored 18th-century house; endow year-long stipends and travel funds; and defray administrative and promotional costs. It would also significantly advance the College's and the Center's efforts to build a community of historians - from undergraduates to distinguished visiting Fellows - by providing new digital archives in American history for the college library and supplying the initial endowment for a new scholarship program for outstanding students in history and related fields.
Grant: 186883 / CZ-50181-08, Category: American Studies, Division: Challenge Grants, Program: Special Initiatives
State Humanities Program
Recipient: (Williamson, WV 25661 USA) in affiliation with West Virginia Humanities Council (Charleston, WV 25301 USA)
Grant: 189547 / SO-50284-08, Category: Humanities, Division: Federal/State Partnership, Program: State Programs (SO)