Two University of Michigan faculty have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar grants, which support well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership.
Tiya Miles, Mary Henrietta Graham Distinguished University Professor of African American Women's History, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, Professor of American Culture, Professor of History and Professor of Women's Studies, received a grant for her project "The Story of “Ashley's Sack”: A Family Heirloom in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture," a book about African American women’s experience, as revealed through an embroidered cotton bag passed down through generations of enslaved and free women.
Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, Professor of Judaic Studies, Professor of History and Director, Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, received a grant for his project "Pogrom: The Origins of the European Genocide of the Jews, 1917–1921," a monograph on the origins of the Holocaust.
Stephen Kidd, executive director of the National Humanities Alliance, issued the following statement about the most recent round of NEH grants.
"The recently announced NEH grants are yet more proof of the Endowment’s crucial role in supporting access to the humanities for all Americans. With grants supporting cutting-edge research, the preservation of our cultural heritage, professional development for K-12 teachers, and exhibitions and community programs in all parts of the country, the NEH’s reach is wider than ever.
"The NEH annouced these grants as the House advanced legislation that would fund the NEH, with just a small decrease, in the coming year. We are pleased to see that Congressional leaders value the NEH even as the administration has sought to eliminate its funding."