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“The humanities are…the world's best hope”

LBJ signing NEH and NEA into existence, 1965
Did you ever wonder what the “humanities” are?Did you realize that the federal government provides financial support for the humanities?Did you know that this support is only fifty years old?On Tuesday, September 29, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)—the independent federal agency dedicated to supporting the humanities—will begin the yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary.  What are the humanities?If we look at the enabling legislation for NEH we find this helpful statement:Read More »
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A Papal Visit to the United States

Junipero Serra image on frontispiece California Building Balboa Park, San Diego
This week, Pope Francis will make his first visit to America—a six-day sweep through several cities along the Northeast Corridor with stops in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York. The national and international attention this Papal visit is receiving demonstrates the continuing political, cultural, and religious influence the Catholic Church has on contemporary America.   Read More »
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Seven Ways to Teach the U.S. Constitution

Preamble to Constitution
On September 17,  every U.S. educational institution that receives federal funds is required to teach about the United States Constitution. EDSITEment was one of the first federal agencies to establish a Constitution Day feature, and over the years this feature has evolved into a robust mini-site of over 30 lessons, vetted websites, games, and videos.Read More »
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Surviving the Lord of the Flies: A Classic for the Common Core

Woody stems of St. Thomas bean Fabaceae indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands
All is not evil in the world of mankind, and all is not black in William Golding's imagined world. According to him, man has two characteristics—the ability to murder is one, belief in God the other. Innocence is not entirely lost. —Nobel Prize press release (1983)Read More »
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Exploring the Galapagos With Charles Darwin for National History Day 2016

Voyage of the Beagle, Darwin's voyage
Using Open Education Resources for National History DayI am a returning adult-student of 37, an intern with the National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment project, and a tutor of English and History. This blog is designed to help you get started with a National History Day project by introducing some high-quality open educational resources funded by NEH.Read More »
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