The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded more than $1.2 million for six projects at universities in the state. The funding will support work at Indiana University, University of Notre Dame and IUPUI. INDIANA (6) $1,246,771


Indiana University, Bloomington

Outright: $310,060

[Scholarly Editions and Translations]

Project Director: Rega Wood

Project Title: Richard Rufus Project

Project Description:

Preparation for online and print publication of the 13th-century philosopher Richard Rufus's In Aristotelis De Anima, completion of a provisional version of Scriptum in Metaphysicam Aristotelis, and transcription of the Sententia Parisiensis and Sententia Oxoniensis. (36 months)

Indiana University, Bloomington

Outright: $275,000

[Scholarly Editions and Translations]

Project Director: H. Wayne Storey

Project Title: The Petrarchive Project: An Online Edition of 366 Poems by Petrarch

Project Description:

Preparation for publication of a digital edition of Francesco Petrarca's Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, a collection of 366 poems in Italian dating from the medieval era; the edition would include manuscript facsimiles, commentary, and full apparatus in English and Italian. (36 months)

Indiana University, Bloomington

Outright: $275,000

[Scholarly Editions and Translations]

Project Director: Douglas Parks

Project Title: Historical Voices of the Plains Earth Lodge Peoples II

Project Description:

Preparation for print and digital publication of fifteen volumes of previously unpublished field notes about four native tribes of the American Great Plains, collected by anthropologists in the 19th and early 20th centuries. (36 months)


Indiana University, Indianapolis

Outright: $114,438

[Seminars for School Teachers]

Project Director: Edward Curtis

Project Title: Muslim American Identities, Past and Present

Project Description:

A three-week seminar for sixteen school teachers on the history and cultures of Muslims in the United States.

Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

Outright: $222,273

[Collaborative Research]

Project Director: Meredith Chesson

Project Title: The Political Logic of a Mediterranean Landscape: Southernmost Calabria from 6000 BC to the Present

Project Description:

Anthropological and archaeological fieldwork at Bova Marina in Calabria (Italy), analysis of samples, and preparation of a multi-author monograph. (36 months)

University of Notre Dame

Outright: $50,000

[Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections]

Project Director: Julie Arnott

Project Title: University of Notre Dame, Rare Books and Special Collections, Sustainable Preservation Environment Project

Project Description:

A planning grant to address significant environmental factors — in particular, an aging HVAC system–that pose a threat to the applicant's Rare Books and Special Collections, which contain 175,000 volumes of printed books and periodicals dating from the 15th century to the present with topical strengths in Catholic Church history and theology, Irish Studies, Latin American Studies, Italian literature, and sports history.

July 22, 2014

News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $34 million in grants for 177 humanities projects, including the creation of an online digital archive that would make publicly accessible nearly 5,000 oral histories conducted by Chicago journalist Studs Terkel, and the archeological excavation of the site of a Spanish colonial forced resettlement in Peru to determine how indigenous communities adapted to challenges of life in new settlements under a new political-economic regime.

This funding will support a wide variety of projects including traveling exhibitions, the creation of new digital research tools, the preparation and publication of scholarly editions, professional development opportunities for teachers and college faculty, the preservation of cultural collections, collaborative humanities research, and the production and development of films, television, and radio programs.

Among the grants awarded today are those that will support publication of the papers of Benjamin Franklin documenting his campaign to publicize American democratic ideals following the signing of the 1783 Treaty of Paris, and production of a documentary film on the history and legacy of America's historically black colleges and universities. NEH grants will allow schoolteachers to study the historical and cultural issues accompanying the development of mining in the far West, and bring together digital humanities scholars for a workshop on the theoretical and ethical issues associated with 3D modeling of cultural heritage sites.

Additional funding will provide for a curatorial center to house the Franklin Institute Science Museum's material culture collections related to the history of science, technology, design and the arts, enable the digitization of historic American newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922, and allow scholars to refine a digital tool for analyzing millions of books held in the HathiTrust Digital Library for textual and linguistic patterns and historic and literary trends over time.

“The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to support these exceptional research, educational, and public programs in the humanities,” said NEH Acting Chairman Carole Watson. “The projects made possible by these grants will enrich our knowledge of our history and ourselves, encourage reflection on the traditions and values that have shaped our culture, and help preserve and make accessible our nation’s diverse wealth of humanities materials and resources.”

Institutions and independent scholars in 43 states and the District of Columbia will receive NEH support. Complete state-by-state listings of grants are available here (36-page PDF).

Grants were awarded in the following categories:

Collaborative Research Grants support original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars or research coordinated by an individual scholar that adds significantly to humanities knowledge or uses the perspectives of the humanities to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants support the implementation of innovative digital humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field.

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Grants provide scholars and advanced graduate students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities and to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research.

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers support a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators that address central themes and topics in American history, government, literature, art history, and other humanities fields related to historic landmarks.

Media Projects: Development and Production Grants support film, television, and radio projects that explore significant events, figures, and ideas within the humanities. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production; production grants support the preparation of a project for presentation to the public.

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations Planning and Implementation Grants support museum exhibitions, library-based projects, interpretation of historic places, living history presentations, and book and film discussion programs that deepen public understanding of significant humanities questions.

National Digital Newspaper Program Grants support the creation of a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published bet

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