NEH Awards $1M in Grants to University Scholars

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Edward Curtis from IU is one of the grant recipients. Edward Curtis from IU is one of the grant recipients.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a total of nearly $1 million in grants to faculty members at three universities in Indiana. The projects that received funding are being led by researchers at Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University.

The projects are among 290 that received a total of $79 million in NEH funding. The recipients include:

  • Edward Curtis, professor of religious studies at IUPUI: $108,969 for “Muslim American Identities, Past and Present,” a three-week seminar for schoolteachers
  • Sumie Jones, professor emerita in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at IU Bloomington: $84,751 for “Completion of an Anthology in English of Early Edo Period Japanese Literature, 1600-1750.”
  • Kaya Sahin, associate professor of history at IU Bloomington: $164,355 for “Beyond East and West: the Early Modern World, 1400-1800,” a three-week college and university institute.
  • Darren Dochuk, Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame: $50,400 for "Anointed With Oil: God and Black Gold in America's Century." 
  • Matthew Wilkens, assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame: $325,000 for "Textual Geographies."
  • Daniel Smith, professor of philosophy at Purdue University: $175,000 for "Translation of the Seminars of Gilles Deleuze," the preparation and online publication of an English translation of three lecture series by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995).

The statewide nonprofit Indiana Humanities also received a grant of more than $800,000 "to support humanities initiatives and state humanities council operations." The Indianapolis Museum of Art received $190,000 to help with the conversion to LED lighting in all gallery and storage areas.

The NEH awards grants three times per year to projects in fields, including art history, literature, philosophy and archaeology. 

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