HIGHLIGHTS From the Humanities As recently announced in IowaNow, four College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members received grants from National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH awarded a total of $24.7 million to 208 humanities projects nationwide. The funding awarded to UI faculty will support projects including completing a book on American public opinion about U.S. foreign policy, creating an undergraduate laboratory space to examine global print and manuscript cultures, and developing a digital resource for teaching health narratives in multiple languages.

MatthewBrown and Elizabeth Yale

Brown and Yale received a $150,000 Humanities Initiatives grant for their project titled “Global Book Cultures and the Student Laboratory: Undergraduate Education at the UI Center for the Book.” The co-directors’ three-year project aims to develop an undergraduate laboratory space and related curriculum that will engage students in the study of global print and manuscript cultures. Brown, director of the UI Center for the Book and associate professor in the Department of English, has been a UI faculty member since 2001. He researches how readers in history have used books. He has written an award-winning book and multiple articles, and has given numerous talks on the subject. Yale is a lecturer in the Department of History and an adjunct assistant professor in the Center for the Book. A historian of science and the book in Britain and Europe, Yale is currently president of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School.

Michaela Hoenicke Moore

The associate professor in the Department of History was awarded a $60,000 fellowship to complete her book, The Varieties of American Patriotism, which examines American foreign policy views at the grassroots level. Ordinary Americans participated in foreign policy debates to a much larger extent than previously recognized, Hoenicke Moore argues. Based on citizen letters, memoirs, and oral histories—from the Munich Crisis in 1938 through the fall of Saigon in 1975— her study is the first to examine in-depth, and with a view to change over time, how citizens responded to their country’s global leadership and military interventions.


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