- The Washington Times - Monday, August 12, 2002

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced 324 grants worth $20.6 million last week, chiefly for film documentaries, museum support, seminars for teachers and radio programs, such as a special on the Korean War.
Funds will support literary programs on the family, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the 1960s and President Lincoln's role in the freeing of slaves during the 1860s. Money will also support museum exhibits on the Vietnam War, American rural life, a 100-year history of flight in America and Oklahoma's Indian heritage.
Not all the grants, which are posted on www.neh.gov., are on American topics. The University of Arkansas at Monticello got $172,339 so that 25 history and social studies teachers could study East African history and culture in Kenya for six weeks.
The University of California museum in Los Angeles got $300,702 for an exhibit on rice cultivation in Asia. The Oakland Museum in California got $375,000 for a traveling exhibit on the impact of the Vietnam War on this nation.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colo., got $124,352 for a four-week seminar for 25 high school teachers on a cultural history of the Four Corners region of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
The University of Delaware at Newark got $122,709 for a five-week summer session for 15 teachers to study Shakespeare in Delaware and England. Emory University in Atlanta got $107,733 for a five-week session for 15 teachers on the role of communism in the United States from 1920 to 1950.
The District got six grants, the largest of which was $171,797 to Folger Shakespeare Library for a summer institute for 16 college professors on religious and political change in early modern England.
Keith Murphy, a professor at Fort Valley State College in Fort Valley, Ga., got $24,000 to collect and analyze black comic strips that ran from 1920 to 1960.
Chicago's Newberry Library got two grants: $40,000 for an exhibit on the journeys of Lewis and Clark and $163,087 for a five-week seminar studying travel writing by French visitors to the Americas between 1500 and 1800.
Walters Art Museum in Baltimore got $278,630 for a traveling exhibit featuring a 13th-century illuminated Bible.
The effect of the September 11 attacks was evident in some of the grants. Butler University in Indianapolis got $25,000 to update its core curriculum on the Middle East. West Virginia University in Morgantown got $25,000 for a faculty program so that professors can study how Muslim women are affected by their religion.
Several new council members were added July 29 to the NEH board, which decides who gets what grants. Each will serve a six-year term.
They include Thomas Mallon, a novelist and critic from Westport, Conn.; Wilfred McClay, a history professor at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga; poet and children's book writer Naomi Shihab of San Antonio; filmmaker Michael Pack of Chevy Chase; and Jeffrey Wallin, president of the American Academy for Liberal Education in the District.

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