University of New Hampshire

NEHC Request for Proposals – Applications Closed

Guidelines and Application

 

NEHC Mission and Overview

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) promotes and strengthens intellectual collaboration, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovative educational, intercultural, and curricular programming among New England Humanities centers and institutes, and the faculty, students, and regional, national, and global communities they serve. NEHC includes: Amherst College, Colby College, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, the University of Connecticut, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rhode Island, the University of Vermont, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. The Humanities Institute of the University of Connecticut (UCHI) in Storrs, Connecticut is currently the executive and administrative hub of the NEHC.

Award Description

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) is offering competitive seed grants for research initiatives in the humanities that seek to capitalize on the collaborative network of the consortium. Applications seeking to sustain, and build on, previously funded NEHC initiatives that demonstrated success are also welcome. Awards of up to $5000 will be made. (For projects whose total budgets exceed $5000 applicants must list additional committed funding sources and amounts.)  Priority will be given to applications demonstrating concrete plans for consortium membership involvement. Such involvement can take different forms, but will typically involve, e.g. direct collaboration between two or more member institutions and/or active and solicitation of faculty, staff, or students exclusively from member institutions. Applications are welcome from individuals or teams, but the PI must be on the faculty of a NEHC member institution. Potential areas of funding interest include the following (this list is by no means exhaustive):

  • Collaborative research projects
  • Summer Seminars
  • Study or working groups
  • Shared speakers across institutions
  • Collaborative course design
  • Exhibitions

Please submit materials electronically in pdf or Word docx to YOUR HUMANITIES CENTER or INSTITUTE DIRECTOR BY MAY 15, 2020. They will then pass along the proposal to the NEHC board.

Application Procedure and Timeline

Applications for the NEHC RFP must include the following:

  1. Cover page (1 page) stating
  • Title of the project
  • Name, department/program/school location, and NEHC school representation of PI(s)
  • Requested NEHC funding amount (Awards of up to $5000)
  1. Project narrative (2 pages, single spaced, 1” margins, 12pt font) detailing:
  • The goals of the project
  • How those goals address those of NEHC
  • Plans for involving NEHC member institutions and which institutions in particular will be involved
  • How those goals will be pursued
  • Names and roles of participants
  • Expected outcomes and/or deliverables
  • External funding sources, if any
  • Project timeline describing completion of project goals and outcomes
  1. CV (2 page) of Principal Investigator(s)
  2. Budget and Award Period:
  • Total budget. (For projects whose budgets exceed $5000, please list additional committed funding sources and amounts, as validated by an attached letter of support.)
  • The award period will typically not exceed one (1) calendar year and must be stated in the application timeline.

The awardees will be required to submit a detailed summary of the project at the end of their funding term.

Reporting Requirements

All PIs will be required to submit a two-page report no more than one (1) month after the end of the award period specified in the award letter. The report should detail and substantiate progress on the following elements of the project:

  • The extent to which project goals have been met
  • Specific indicators or signs of success
  • Outcomes and/or deliverables achieved
  • Number of NEHC member institutions (and faculty/students) involved

Questions and requests for more information are encouraged and should be directed to UCHI (uchi@uconn.edu).

UNH Center for the Humanities Announces Summer Institute in Public Humanities Seed Grant Winners

University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities announced the names of its 2019 Summer Institute in Public Humanities seed grant winners. The seed grant was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In addition to two awardees from Howard University, winners also include 14 graduate students and faculty members from member institutes of the New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), including Colby College (1), Dartmouth College (1), Tufts University (1), University of Connecticut (3), University of New Hampshire (3), University of Rhode Island (1), University of Vermont (1), Wellesley College (2), and Wheaton College (1):

 

UNH Mellon Winners

 

Elena Creef, Wellesley College
“Reenacting and Remembering the Battle of Greasy Grass, aka The Battle of Little Bighorn”
A public humanities podcast and digital archive project to facilitate a cross-cultural meetup
Community Partners:30-40 Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho riders

 

Kabria Baumgartner, University of New Hampshire
Stories from the Archives: African Americans in Essex National Heritage Area
An annotated resource guide to collections and resources as well as organizations and individuals from the seventeenth century up to the present
Community Partners:National Park Service units, including curators and park historians, the Organization of American Historians, student researchers

 

Catherine Besteman, Colby College
Freedom and Captivity
A series of events and art exhibitions, podcasts, short videos, an art book, and linked courses at Maine’s colleges and universities
Community Partners:faculty at several Maine colleges and universities, a theater company, art institutions, artists, poets, scholars, activists, lawyers, playwrights and others whose work interrogates captivity as a corollary to freedom and engages with alternatives to incarceration

 

Mohamed Camara, Howard University
Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding in West Africa
A forum on Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding along with a digital archive, podcast, and documentary to disseminate the knowledge
Community Partners:West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) and West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)

 

Emilie Coppinger, University of New Hampshire
Strengths Narrative Art Program (SNAP)
Art therapy program for children who have been abused or neglected and are in need of channels through which to process past experiences and feelings
Community Partners:(tentative) Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, Institutional Review Board (IRB), art therapists, children who have experienced abuse and neglect

 

Tyler Doggett, University of Vermont
Public Philosophy Week
Diversity of formats, including readings, group discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and tastings
Community Partners:Will vary from year to year depending on themes but may include police officers, food specialists, doctors and other professionals, comedians, documentary makers, and others

 

Megan Fountain, University of Connecticut
The Guatemala-Connecticut Community History Project
Documenting and archiving oral histories of Guatemalan immigrants and their families in Guatemala
Community Partners:A committee of Guatemalan immigrants and community activists including Unidad Latina en Accion (ULA), a grassroots organization; a team of public historians and New Haven Public Schools teachers; Columbia Center for Oral History Research; and Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change.

 

William Mason, Wheaton College
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Two concerts in Portland, Maine showcasing the music, dance, stories, and history of Somali refugees who have resettled in Maine
Community partners:high school students, Somali refugees, performers, Somali-Mainer Youth Network, residents who helped Somalis resettle in Maine

 

Jennifer Musto, Wellesley College
Wellesley College-SMCC Co-Learning Collaboratory
A Faculty Speaker Series and team-taught micro seminar program where faculty members facilitate interactive lectures with South Middlesex Correctional Center participants based on their research interests
Community Partners:Public Leadership & Action (PPLA) at Wellesley College, staff at SMCC and current and former SMCC participants who receive DOC permission to contribute

 

Tracy Perkins, Howard University
Saving Ward Valley
Conducting interviews to help tell the story of the Ward Valley anti-nuclear waste landfill campaign, creating both a digital archive and a multimedia storytelling and educational website
Community Partners:
Fort Mojave tribal chairperson, activists from the Ward Valley Campaign, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Aspiration, an NGO that specializes in helping activists, nonprofits and foundations use internet technology for social justice purposes

 

Hesamedin Sharifian, Tufts University
’Banned’ Stories
Devised theatre production which will reach out to Iranian citizens to share their stories of pain and separation in the wake of Muslim ban
Community Partners:a theatre director and devised theatre specialist, legal attorneys, theatre

staff, a group of Iranian students and scholars who are willing to will share their stories and embody characters on stage

 

Roberta Stewart, Dartmouth College
From Troy to Baghdad: Reading Communities and Public Humanities
Trainings in methods for harnessing world lit to create community for US Veterans engaging in “radical reading” to come to terms with service and impact of war, eventual published volume documenting experiences
Community Partners:mental health providers; veteran readers; Center for Suicide Prevention; various Vet centers, including Lowell Mass Vet Center and Student Veteran Services; (tentative) Society for Classics Studies, Women’s Classical Caucus, Classics and Social Justice, community colleges, prisons… and more

 

Fiona Vernal, University of Connecticut
A Caribbean Museum
Community-based archival collecting to lead to an oral history initiative including one-week traveling pop-up exhibits, a migration exhibit to launch the Caribbean Museum, and salons (panel discussions) about public housing, mobility, and migration
Community Partners:
Connecticut Humanities Council (CHC), The Hartford History Center at the Hartford Public Library, The West Indian Social Club (WISC), and El Instituto: The Institute of Latino, Caribbean and Latin American Studies (ELIN) at UConn, Hartford Public Schools, CREC (Capital Region Education Council)

 

Rob Widell, University of Rhode Island
Documenting Rhode Island initiative of the Oral History Lab at URI
The facilitation of a series of workshops and an open and accessible ongoing archive to document and preserve stories of activism and community organizing across Rhode Island and the surrounding region
Community Partners:George Wiley Center’s Social Movement History Project and The Collective, a woman-owned “bookstore, infoshop, lending library, reading room and community meeting space in Peacedale, Rhode Island

 

Leah Woods, University of New Hampshire
Prison Outreach Program (POP)”
To outfit a new wood shop with tools and equipment for the NH Women’s Correctional Facility so women will have the opportunity to learn marketable skills and flex their creativity through furniture making led by female instructors/mentors
Community Partners:New Hampshire Furniture Masters, NH Women’s Correctional Facility, female woodworkers

 

Walter Woodward, University of Connecticut
Doing Public Humanities: An Audio Field Guide
A multi-episode web-based podcast as an audio roadmap into how to practice engaged public humanities
Community Partners:case history participants (faculty doing public humanities)

13th Annual Black New England Conference: African American News from Slave Songs to Social Media

Registration is open for the 13th annual Black New England Conference, which will be held October 25-26 in Manchester on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University.  The keynote speaker will be White House Correspondent April Ryan.  The UNH Center for the Humanities is pleased to be sponsoring Saturday’s lunchtime address, “Their Names Are Mine,” by spoken-word artist Rajnii Eddins. University of New Hampshire, an NEHC-member institute, is a co-sponsor of this year’s conference.

To see the schedule and to register, please visit the conference page.

Black New England Conference Poster

August Digital Humanities Retreat Sponsored by NEHC

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) is proud to sponsor the upcoming Digital Humanities Island Retreat to be held August 23–25 at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This all-expenses-paid retreat will focus on the cutting edge research and teaching happening in the digital humanities among the 11 NEHC member institutes and workshopping on how to make these valuable digital tools and resources widely available. For more information and to register click on the image below or visit the retreat’s website. Sign up now; space is limited!

 

NEHC Retreat

 

Day of NEHC-DH: Digital Scholarship in New England

May 14, 2019

Humanities Institute Conference Room,

University of Connecticut

https://humanities.uconn.edu/

Storrs, CT

 

Schedule

 

9-9:30 Breakfast and Welcome by Anke Finger (DHMS-UConn)

9:30-11 Session 1: DH at NEHC Institutions (intros, structures, projects, concentrations, stakeholders)

11-12:30 Session 2: Resources (strengths at each institution, needs, networks)

 

12:30-2:00 Lunch

 

2-3pm Projects and Goals: what can NEHC-DH do for us? What can we do for NEHC-DH?

3-4pm Breakout session (groups work on defined projects or goals)

4-5pm Discussion and next-steps for NEHC-DH

 

6pm Dinner at local restaurant

 

Participants: Colby College, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, Wheaton College

Summer Institutes in Public Humanities at UNH

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The Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire has announced a series of Mellon-funded summer institutes in public humanities.

The program will pay a modest stipend, travel, meals, and lodging costs for all participants.  Faculty participants will make three commitments beyond their attendance. They will agree to: a) plan and initiate an engaged project in the following academic year (for which they will be eligible to apply to the institute for a $5,000 start-up award); b) commit to using the summer’s institute as a basis for initiating curricular or institutional change; and c) submit a written report before the following year’s institute.

More information about applications will be available in mid-January.

Two upcoming events

The NEHC would like to highlight two exciting events.

Liberal Arts and the Humanities: Innovation, Engagement, and Cross-disciplinary Opportunities. Case Studies from Humanities Centers at Liberal Arts Colleges and Small Universities

September 28-30, 2018, Colby College, Waterville, ME

Registration for this event is free before September 7th. After that date, it is $75 dollars per individual. Registration is available here.

The twelfth annual Black New England Conference

October 19-20, 2018, University of New Hampshire