National Endowment for the Humanities News

Two Professors Named NEH Fellows; UT Ranks in Top Ten for Fellows

Two professors from UT have been offered National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowships for 2014-15, continuing a university tradition of being a national leader in NEH fellows. Nancy Henry and Gregory Kaplan are being honored with the prestigious fellowship, marking thirteen in a string of NEH grants to UT faculty since 2004. This puts UT among the top ten institutions nationwide in the number of NEH grants awarded in the past ten years.

UT Ranks Eighth in Nation for NEH Humanities Fellowships

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a national leader in National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) research fellowships for university professors. According to data recently published by the NEH on fellowships received from 2005 to 2012, UT ranks eighth in the nation, with ten fellowship awards.

Public Invited to Comment on UT-NEH Study

The National Endowment for the Humanities invites the public’s input on an NEH-funded study of three sites in Virginia where former slave quarters are thought to have stood. Barbara Heath, assistant professor of anthropology at UT Knoxville, is conducting the study, which will identify and excavate the Wingos site on two historic properties.

UT Historian Explores Role of Small Villages in Ancient Near East

J.P. Dessel, a UT Knoxville historian who specializes in Bronze and Iron Age villages of ancient Israel, has received a $50,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will allow him to integrate his own research with other studies to show how rural villages affected the social landscape of ancient Israel, otherwise dominated by major cities like Jerusalem and Megiddo.