New York State Awarded over $4.8 million in NEH Grants

Congratulations to the following New York State organizations who were awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Annandale-on-Hudson
Bard College
Outright: $91,328 [Seminars for College Teachers] 
Project Director: Richard Davis
Project Title: The Bhagavad Gita: Ancient Poem, Modern Readers
Project Description: A three-week seminar for sixteen college and university faculty on the Bhagavad Gita in its historical context, as well as what it has meant to modern readers, to be held at Yale University. 

Bronx
New York Botanical Garden
Outright: $250,000 [Exhibitions: Implementation]
Project Director: Joanna Groarke
Project Title: Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai'i
Project Description: Implementation of a traveling exhibition and public programs exploring the historical and ecological contexts surrounding artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s commercial art commission by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in the late 1930s. 

Brooklyn
Brooklyn Historical Society
Outright: $100,000 [Exhibitions: Implementation] Match: $150,000
Project Director: Julie Golia
Project Title: Sick: Seven Diseases That Changed Brooklyn Project Description: Implementation of a permanent exhibition, an accompanying website, educational materials, and public programs exploring the 400-year history of public health in Brooklyn. 

Brooklyn Historical Society
Outright: $148,755 [Institutes for School Teachers]
Project Director: Emily Potter-Ndiaye
Project Title: Freedom for One, Freedom for All? Abolition and Women’s Suffrage, 1830s–1920s
Project Description: A two-week institute for thirty schoolteachers that would explore the interconnected histories of the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements in the United States. 

Independent Feature Project, Inc.
Outright: $200,000 [Media Projects Production]
Project Director: Alison Chernick
Project Title: Itzhak Project Description: Production of a 90-minute documentary about the Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and educator Itzhak Perlman.

Canton
St. Lawrence University
Outright: $73,500 [Digital Humanities Advancement Grants]
Project Director: Ellen Rocco
Project Title: Diviner, a digital platform Project Description: The development of a digital platform to assist small historical societies and other local humanities institutions, including public media organizations, in curating their federated collections on the web. 

Cortland
SUNY Research Foundation, College at Cortland
Outright: $195,406 [Institutes for School Teachers]
Project Director: Kevin Sheets
Project Title: Common Ground: Americans and Their Land During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Project Description: A two-week workshop for twenty-five schoolteachers using the Adirondacks to explore the interconnection of urban and wilderness environments in America from the late-nineteenth through early-twentieth-century. 

Ithaca
Cornell University
Outright: $324,581 [Digital Humanities Advancement Grants] Match: $50,000
Project Director: Edward Baptist; William Block (co-project director)
Project Title: Freedom on the Move: Advancing a Crowdsourced, Comprehensive Database of North American Runaway Slave Advertisements Project Description: Implementation of Freedom on the Move, a public history resource that will offer a unified access point to 100,000 runaway slave advertisements published in American newspapers through the end of the Civil War. In addition, the project will develop tools for students to engage with primary sources by transcribing the advertisements.

Cornell University
Outright: $74,994 [Digital Humanities Advancement Grants]
Project Director: Andrew Weislogel; C. Richard Johnson (co-project director)
Project Title: Building a Decision Tree for Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings - The WIRE Project
Project Description: Development of a prototype tool to enhance museum and art historical research into the printmaking practices of Rembrandt and other artists.

New York City
American Musicological Society
Outright: $100,000 [Scholarly Editions and Translations]
Project Director: Amy Beal
Project Title: MUSA: Music of the United States of America
Project Description: Editorial work on four volumes in the series Music of the United States of America

City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture
Outright: $350,000 [Media Projects Production]
Project Director: Amanda Pollak
Project Title: The 19th Amendment
Project Description: Production of a four-hour documentary film about the efforts to pass the Nineteenth Amendment for women's voting rights (1909–20).
 

City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture
Outright: $188,000 [Institutes for School Teachers]
Project Director: Amanda Dargan
Project Title: A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts
Project Description: A two-week institute for thirty schoolteachers on Islamic poetry and related arts.

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center
Outright: $65,912 [Scholarly Editions and Translations]
Project Director: Romina Padro; Eduardo Barrio (co-project director)
Project Title: An Edition of Seminars on the Theory of Truth by American Philosopher Saul Kripke
Project Description: Preparation for print publication of a three-volume edition of the philosopher Saul Kripke’s Seminars on the Theory of Truth.

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center
Outright: $165,118 [Institutes for College and University Teachers]
Project Director: Donna Thompson Ray
Project Title: The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and its Aftermath Project Description: A two-week institute for twenty-five college and university faculty to examine the visual record of the American Civil War and its aftermath.

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center
Outright: $246,856 [Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities]
Project Director: Lisa Rhody
Project Title: Expanding Communities of Practice
Project Description: A ten-day residential institute and follow-up activities for 15 participants to develop core humanities computational research and project development skills. The in-person institute and follow-up workshop would be hosted at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Firelight Media, Inc.
Outright: $800,000 [Media Projects Production]
Project Director: Stanley Nelson
Project Title: The Slave Trade: Creating a New World
Project Description: Production of a four-hour documentary examining the Atlantic slave trade as an agent of momentous demographic, economic, and moral transformations.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Outright: $350,000 [Community Conversations]
Project Director: Susan Saidenberg
Project Title: Revisiting the Founding Era
Project Description: Implementation of a nationwide library discussion program about the Founding Era (1760–1800) and its contemporary resonances.
 

Heather Clark
Outright: $50,400 [Public Scholar Program]
CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center
Project Title: The Light of the Mind: A Biography of American Poet and Novelist Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)
Project Description: A biography of American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) that emphasizes her literary development and her important place in American letters.

Interfaith Center of New York
Outright: $170,550 [Institutes for School Teachers]
Project Director: Henry Goldschmidt
Project Title: Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity
Project Description: A three-week institute for twenty-five schoolteachers on religious diversity in New York City neighborhoods.

Intrepid Museum Foundation
Outright: $126,283 [Institutes for School Teachers]
Project Director: Lynda Kennedy
Project Title: The Cold War through the Collections of the Intrepid Museum
Project Description: A two-week institute for twenty-five schoolteachers on the history, experience, and legacy of the Cold War through its technology.

James Shapiro
Outright: $50,400 [Public Scholar Program]
Columbia University
Project Title: America’s Shakespeare
Project Description: Research and writing for a book on how the works of William Shakespeare have figured in America’s national conversation from the Revolution to the present day.

Janice Nimura
Outright: $50,400 [Public Scholar Program]
Project Title: How the Blackwell Sisters Brought Women to Medicine—and Medicine to Women—in 19th-Century America
Project Description: Research and writing leading to publication of a dual biography of Elizabeth Blackwell (1821–1910) and her sister Emily Blackwell (1826–1910), pioneering women in American medicine.

Jennifer Homans
Outright: $50,400 [Public Scholar Program]
New York University
Project Title: A Biography of Choreographer George Balanchine (1904–1983)
Project Description: Preparation of a book-length biography of choreographer George Balanchine (1904–1983), from his earliest years in Imperial Russia to his death in New York City.

Rachel Mesch
Outright: $29,400 [Public Scholar Program]
Yeshiva University
Project Title: Three Women Writers Who Lived as Men: Jane Dieulafoy (1850–1916), Marc de Montifaud (1849–1913), and Rachilde (1860–1953)
Project Description: Research and writing of a biographical study of three late 19thcentury French women writers who lived their lives as men—housewife-turnedarchaeologist Jane Dieulafoy (1850–1916), art critic Marc de Montifaud (1849–1913), and novelist Rachilde (1860–1953).

Theatre for a New Audience
Outright: $148,976 [Institutes for School Teachers]
Project Director: Katie Beganics
Project Title: Scholarship and Performance: Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays
Project Description: A two-week institute for twenty-five schoolteachers focusing on the themes of community and national identity in William Shakespeare’s plays The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, and King Lear.

Women Make Movies, Inc.
Outright: $60,000 [Media Projects Development]
Project Director: Stephanie Black Project Title: Jamaica Kincaid Documentary
Project Description: Development of an 86-minute documentary film on the life and accomplishments of Jamaica Kincaid, an Antiguan-born novelist and poet.