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National Endowment for the Humanities. Roger S. Baskin, Sr. EDUC 870. The National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is the largest funder of humanities programs in the United States.

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national endowment for the humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities

Roger S. Baskin, Sr.

EDUC 870

the national endowment for the humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is the largest funder of humanities programs in the United States.

who leads the neh
Who leads the NEH?
  • The Endowment is directed by a chairman, who is appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, for a term of four years. Advising the chairman is the National Council on the Humanities, a board of 26 distinguished private citizens who are also appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. The National Council members serve staggered six-year terms.
  • NEH's chairman is Bruce Cole. Before joining NEH, Dr. Cole was Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts and chairman of the Department of History of Art at the Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a member of the Accademia Senese degli Intronati, the oldest learned society in Europe, and a founder and former co-president of the Association for Art History. He was confirmed by the Senate in December 2001.
what is its mission
What is its mission?
  • The Endowment accomplishes the mission of promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans by providing grants for high-quality humanities projects in four funding areas: preserving and providing access to cultural resources, education, research, and public programs.
  • NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. The grants:
  • strengthen teaching and learning in the humanities in schools and colleges across the nation
  • facilitate research and original scholarship
  • provide opportunities for lifelong learning
  • preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources
  • strengthen the institutional base of the humanities
when was neh established
When was NEH established?
  • 1963
  • Three scholarly and educational organizations--the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Council of Graduate Schools in America, and the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa--co-sponsor the establishment of a National Commission on the Humanities and instruct the Commission to conduct a study of "the state of the humanities in America." Barnaby Keeney, President of Brown University, is chair.
  • 1964
  • In April, the commission releases a report recommending "the establishment by the President and the Congress of the United States of a National Humanities Foundation."
  • In August, Congressman William Moorhead of Pennsylvania proposes legislation to implement the Commission's recommendations.
  • In a speech at Brown University on the importance of federal support for higher education, President Johnson lends his support.
  • 1965
  • In March, Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island introduces the Johnson Administration's legislation to establish a National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities.
  • On September 29, President Johnson signs the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, establishing the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as separate, independent agencies. He selects Barnaby Keeney, who headed the original commission, to become the first NEH chairman. While Keeney completes the academic year at Brown, Henry Allen Moe, President of the American Philosophical Society, is interim chairman. The agency's first home is 1800 G Street, NW, in a building largely occupied by the National Science Foundation.
where is neh located
Where is NEH located?
  • National Endowment for the Humanities1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20506
  • State Humanities Councils exist throughout the country and in territories including Puerto Rico and Guam. There are a total of 56 such councils.
why is neh so important
Why is NEH so important?

Take a look at some of the projects NEH has funded:

  • "Treasures of Tutankhamen," the blockbuster exhibition seen by more than 1.5 million people
  • The Civil War, the landmark documentary by Ken Burns viewed by 38 million Americans
  • Library of America, editions of novels, essays, and poems celebrating America's literary heritage
  • United States Newspaper Project, an effort to catalog and microfilm 63.3 million pages of newspapers dating from the early Republic
  • Fifteen Pulitzer prize-winning books, including those by James M. McPherson, Louis Menand, Joan D. Hedrick, and Bernard Bailyn
how many grant options are there
How many grant options are there?

Choose from one of the grant categories:

  • Challenge Grants
  • Education Programs
  • Public Programs
  • Federal/State Partnership
  • Office of Digital Humanities
  • Preservation and Access
  • Research Programs
  • We the People
references
References

All information for this presentation was gathered from the site below:

http://www.neh.gov/index.html