Magazine article Humanities


Magazine article Humanities


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Jon Parrish Peede has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to be the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Currently, Peede serves as the senior deputy chairman of NEH, where a new category of grants to support infrastructure at humanities institutions has been established under his leadership. Also, during his tenure, NEH has awarded emergency grants for cultural organizations affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and has formed new partnerships with Blue Star families and the First Nations Development Institute.

Peede came to NEH in April 2017, after having been publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia. Previously, he had been the Literature Grants Director of the National Endowment for the Arts, counselor to former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, and director of two NEA programs-Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience and the Big Read. He has also served as director of communications at Millsaps College, and was an editor at Mercer University Press.

"It is a distinct honor to be nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities," said Peede. "I look forward to the opportunity to continue a career of public service focused on ensuring that all Americans have access to our country's cultural resources."


NEH is now offering grants up to $750,000 as part of its Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants program. Through matching grants to libraries, museums, archives, colleges and universities, historic sites, and other organizations, NEH seeks to strengthen the long-term institutional base of the humanities in the United States.

These challenge grants, which require a match of nonfederal funds, may be used toward construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, documentation of cultural heritage collections, and other endeavors. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and two-year colleges are especially encouraged to apply. Questions should be directed to NEH staff at or 202-606-8309.


NEH has increased the maximum stipend for a 12-month fellowship to $60,000 from $50,400, raising the monthly stipend by $800.

NEH Fellowships support researchers, teachers, and writers to pursue fulltime, continuous humanities projects for 6 to 12 months. …

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