updated: 6/16/2009 1:05:09 PM

Indiana Humanities Projects Receive National Funding

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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded more than $830,000 in grants to five organizations in Indiana. The funding will help with what the NEH calls high quality, humanities projects. The grants include more than $120,000 to the Indiana Humanities Council to develop an online collection of ideas related to the humanities in the state.

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INDIANAPOLIS—Five Indiana organizations received a total of $831,976 in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grants, which fund high quality humanities projects, were awarded to Allen County Public Library, Ball State University, Earlham College, Indiana Humanities Council and Indiana University.

“We’re grateful to the NEH for these grants, which will help Hoosier audiences access the humanities in a variety of ways,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council. “We’re excited that several of our partners have received awards to further scholarly research, to increase public access to the humanities and to provide a digital forum for the humanities.”

The Indiana Humanities Council, which is supported in part by the NEH, received a $120,450 grant to develop an online marketplace of ideas related to the humanities in Indiana, called “Dynamic Indiana,” and to develop programs that are part of the new, collaborative statewide initiative called “Food for Thought,” which will launch in January, 2010.


“Food for Thought” will be a two-year examination and celebration of the ways food helps to define Indiana’s culture, considering food in the context of history, law, politics, science, the arts, religion, ethnicity and our place in the world. “Dynamic Indiana” will serve as a digital hub for the humanities by connecting Indiana’s thinkers, creators and innovators, supporting the sharing of ideas, and promoting the humanities in Indiana.

The other grants awarded in Indiana include:

Fort Wayne—The Allen County Public Library received $2,500 for a traveling exhibition called “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”

Muncie—Ball State University received $160,000 to prepare for the publication of a scholarly study, “What Middletown Reads;” and for the creation of a freely accessible digital database of library records from the Muncie, Ind., public library.

Richmond—Earlham College received $22,000 for the development of a freshman-level seminar on notions of human dignity in fiction, non-fiction and philosophy.

Bloomington—Indiana University received two grants. One is for $276,026 to preserve, annotate and improve access to a digital video collection of approximately 700 hours of oral history interviews with Yiddish speakers in Eastern Europe; and the other is for $250,000 to prepare two volumes of Native American oral history narratives and an accompanying directory.

For more information on the six Indiana grants, visit http://www.neh.gov/news/archive/pdf/Awards_09Jun_Pt1_ALtoIN.pdf. Information about specific program areas and grant categories awarded this cycle is available in this two-page document.

About the Indiana Humanities Council

The Indiana Humanities Council celebrates, encourages and facilitates the thinking that leads to innovation and action. As a convener, leader and partner, the Council supports the sharing of ideas, promotes the public humanities and engages Indiana’s community of minds to examine and improve the human condition. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.


About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

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