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NEH Chairman Jon Peede On Building 'Cultural Infrastructure'

National Endowment for the Humanities

With a background in both the sciences and literature, Jon Peede has been chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities for about a year. He'll be in New Hampshire next week, discussing the importance of the humanities in rural America,  building cultural infrastructure through NEH grants. 

He'll be in New Hampshire next week for several New Hampshire Humanities events. And he'll be giving the commencement address at Manchester Community College on the evening of May 22.                


Jon Parrish Peede - Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Former publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review and literature grants director of the National Endowment for the Arts.  For seven years, Peede led writing workshops for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Bahrain, England, Italy, the Persian Gulf, and on domestic bases. 

In New Hampshire, Jon Peede will speak about the role of the public humanities in New Hampshire and rural America at St. Anselm College on May 22.  That same evening, he will deliver the commencement speech at Manchester Community College

Among Peede's signature programs at NEH is the creation of a new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant program to support "Humanities Infrastructure."

The NEH supports a wide range of programs focusing on veterans, including Dialogues on the Experience of War. 

The NEH funds 60% of the New Hampshire Humanities budget, which offers such programs, which funds numerous programs throughout the state including "Humanities to Go" and a quarterly series of conversations called "Ideas on Tap." In the last 10 years, NEH has awarded 54 grants in New Hampshire, totaling $11.2 million. 


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