Humanities Council announces awards

CHARLESTON -The West Virginia Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities. In 2014, the Humanities Council budgeted more than $530,000 for grants and programs.

A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming. Fellowships for $2,500 are awarded annually t The next Humanities Council Fellowship deadline is Feb. 1.

The West Virginia Humanities Council recently awarded eight new


– Debra Dean Murphy, Buckhannon – Religion, “Word Care and the Care of the World: The Poetics of Sustainability”;

– James F. Siekmeier, Morgantown – History, “Latin American Nationalism: Identity in a Globalizing World”;

– Travis D. Stimeling, Morgantown – Music History, “Country Music Recording and Production in the Nashville Sound Era, 1957 – 1973”;

– Christina Franzen, Huntington – Classical Studies, “The Virgin and the Witch: Control of the Feminine Abject in Roman Literature”

– Michael E. Woods, Huntington – History, “Arguing Until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy”;

– Janet E. Snyder, Morgantown – Art History, “A Study of Saxon and Norman Architectural Stone Sculpture in East Anglia”;

– Betty Rivard, Duck History, “When We All Work Together: The Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, May 1943”;

– Connie Park Rice, Morgantown History, “West Virginia Women in the Civil War Era: A Documentary History.”

For more information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program contact Humanities Council grants administrator Amy Saunders Postalwait at 304-346-8500 or via email at