In January, National Humanities Alliance (NHA) Executive Director Jessica Jones Irons announced that she was stepping down effective February 1, 2012. Ms. Irons and her family are relocating to the New York City area later this spring.
On February 22, the Smithsonian Institution broke ground for its 19th museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in a ceremony on the National Mall. The event took place on the museum’s five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.
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Wendell E. Berry, noted poet, essayist, novelist, farmer, and conservationist, will deliver the 2012 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The annual lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.
The American Historical Association (AHA) is initiating a nationwide, faculty-led project to articulate the core of historical study and to identify what a student should understand and be able to do at the completion of a history degree program.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and seven global partners recently awarded approximately $4.8 million to international research teams investigating how computational techniques may be applied to “big data” —the massive multi-source datasets made possible by modern technology.
The National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC) has issued its fourth biannual Report on Operations of the National Declassification Center, covering the period of July 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011. The report is online at: http://www.archives.gov/declassification.
Following a meeting with members of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family regarding the recently-dedicated Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis announced a plan to correct the so-called “Drum Major” quote on the Memorial to more accurately reflect the meaning more >
The Library of Congress recently announced it has made the Congressional Record available as an app to users of iPad tablet devices. The app can be found at itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-congressional-record/id492077075.