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Bard College Receives Two 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Awards

Mark Primoff
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of faculty-led humanities projects. These grants are part of NEH’s third and last round of funding for fiscal year 2018, which offered $43.1 million in awards for 218 humanities projects across the country. Funded projects will support vital research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

James Romm, James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics and director of the Classical Studies Program at Bard, received $50,000 in support of his project The “Sacred Band” of Thebes and the Last Days of Greek Freedom (379–338 BCE). Romm will conduct research and writing leading to publication of a book on the “Sacred Band,” a special infantry unit of the city of Thebes from 379–338 BCE, in the context of ancient Greek history, politics, and philosophy. Romm’s NEH award was granted in the category of the Public Scholar Program, which supports well-researched books in the humanities aimed at a broad public audience.

Aaron Glass, Associate Professor at Bard Graduate Center, received an NEH award of $132,340 in the category of Scholarly Editions and Translations to support the transcription, translation, and interpretation of a large portion of anthropologist Franz Boas’s field notes relating to the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl), a Pacific Northwest Coast Indigenous people. Glass is the director of this project, and Judith Berman from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, is the project’s co-director. The notes will form a key part of a critical edition of Boas’s 1897 monograph, The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians, which is considered the first systematic attempt to document all sociocultural, spiritual, and aesthetic aspects of an Indigenous North American ceremonial system.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:


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This event was last updated on 08-23-2018