Profile: National Endowment for the Humanities

Federal Agency

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.
Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.

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What It Means That We're Lindy Hopping Again

Yes, the younger generation loves that old time jazz, but why?

Category: Arts

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Nineteenth-Century Whaler Takes Twenty-First Century Voyage

The Charles W. Morgan sails to New England after more than 100 years of adventure out at sea.

Category: History

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The Future of the Humanities: Reading

As technology advances, doomsaying remains constant.
Reading always seems to be in crisis. Two and half millennia ago, Socrates inveighed against the written word because it undermined memory and confused data with wisdom. When the codex—the bound book—appeared, some conservative Romans almost certainly went around complaining, ‘What was wrong with scrolls? They were good enough for Horace and Cicero.’ Gutenberg’s press gradually undercut the market for illuminated manuscripts. Aldus Manutius, inventor of the pocket-sized book, rendered huge folios a specialty item.

Category: History

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