NEH Windfall for History and Art History Department

The National Endowment for the Humanities just released the list of recipients of grant funding for 2015-16, and once again the department is strongly represented among the winners.  This year the department garnered three awards.  The first went to Dr. Stephen Robertson, Professor of History and Executive Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.  Robertson received a Landmarks of American History grant for his project, “Graffiti Houses: The Civil War from the Perspective of Individual Soldiers.” This grant, based on Dr. Robertson’s own work with Mason undergraduates at Historic Blenheim in Fairfax, will fund workshops for school teachers seeking to use these types of sources in their own classrooms.  Dr. Sharon Leon, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Division of Public Projects at the center, and Sheila Brennan,Associate Director of Public Projects division at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History New Media, received an Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities award for the project, “Doing Digital History 2016: An Institute for Mid-Career American Historians.”  This grant will fund a two-week institute at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, in which U.S. history scholars will study the theory and application of new media tools for teaching and scholarship.  And Vadim Staklo, a research professor in the department, received a Scholarly Editions and Translations grant for his project, “Russian/Soviet Perspectives on Islam.”  This three-year grant will fund the preparation for publication of nearly three thousand important documents relating to Russian and Soviet views on Islam.