Ohio Humanities Pathways e-News | March 2017   

From the Director
By now, I'm sure you have heard from various sources that the White House plans to balance the federal budget by eliminating several agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

As I write, Congress is finalizing a budget for 2017, which includes a significant increase for NEH. However, we do anticipate that the President's budget proposal for 2018 will include proposals to defund these three agencies, among others.

In addition to its extensive grant-making throughout the country, NEH provides core funding for the fifty-six state humanities councils, including Ohio Humanities. The state councils play a vital role in communities across the nation, fostering explorations of history, promoting understanding of diverse cultures, and fostering economic development through heritage tourism projects. State councils support programs in more than 5,300 communities. In 2016, more than 4.4 million Ohioans benefited directly from programs supported by Ohio Humanities.

The President will release his 2018 budget sometime in the coming weeks. I want you to know that we are monitoring the federal budget process and may be calling on you to help us demonstrate why NEH, NEA, and CPB are critical to maintaining a democracy where cultural opportunities are available to all. At the same time, please be assured that Ohio Humanities will continue to support your efforts to explore the past, reflect on contemporary issues, and to create vibrant communities.
Seeking Nominations for Board of Directors
Ohio Humanities is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. Nominees should be eager to support and advocate for the public humanities in Ohio. Ohio Humanities is particularly interested in identifying members from Southeast and Northwest Ohio. 

The board of Ohio Humanities is comprised of scholars, community leaders and civic volunteers and represents the diversity of the state. Board members share their collective wisdom with the organization by serving on committees, evaluating grant applications, and acting as liaisons with the public we serve. The board meets three times a year, typically in March, September, and December. Members guide the organization's strategic direction and insure it fulfills its mission to promote the humanities and create vibrant communities.  Click here  for more information and a nomination form.
MARCH 15 - MAY 18
2017 Cleveland Humanities Festival
The 2017 Cleveland Humanities Festival begins on March 15. For six weeks, more than 25 cultural, entertainment and educational events will focus on a theme of Immigration. Events include lectures, exhibits, and multimedia presentations. The Festival is coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University.  For more information, visit the Festival website at  CHF.Case.edu/events .
MARCH 4 at 1 P.M. 
Zoar Village Bicentennial Speaker Series: Opposing the All-Powerful State - Radical Pietists During, and After, the Napoleonic Wars 
Speaker Katherine Aaslestad, Ph.D, will discuss the role of 19th century German Separatists in the founding Zoar Village. Aaslestad is a professor of history at West Virginia University. Her emphasis is 19th century European history. The program is at the Zoar Schoolhouse, 221 E. 4th Street, Zoar. For more information, visit   HistoricZoarVillage.com .
MARCH 7 at 7 P.M. 
Everyday Humanities: Medieval Women and the Story of the European Witch
Christine Nuefield, PhD, will explore medieval-era hysteria about witchcraft and consider why women were disproportionately convicted as alleged witches. Nuefield is a professor of English literature at Eastern Michigan University. The program will be held at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg.  For more information, visit  WayLibrary.info.
APRIL 1 at 1 P.M. 
Zoar Village Bicentennial Speaker Series: 1816 - Year Without a Summer
William Klingaman, PhD, will explore how the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Tambora set in motion a global chain of disastrous weather conditions. Klingaman is an author of six books highlighting different periods in American history. He has taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland. For more information, visit HistoricZoarVillage.com
APRIL 8 from 10 A.M. -  4:30 P.M. 
11th Annual Ohioana Book Festival   
The Ohioana Library Association is hosting the Ohioana Book Festival, Sat., April 8, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Hotel at Capitol Square, 75 E. State Street,  Columbus. More than 100 Ohio writers will present readings, workshops, and book signings.The festival also offers special activities for children and teens. The event is free. For additional details, visit the Festival's webpage at Ohioana.org .
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