National Endowment for the Humanities Co-Awards 150,000 grant to Dr. Johannes

Used to promote digital education in Ashoka University faculty, Dr. Burgers grant, teaching and learning in the digital age William Faulkner, high schools, community colleges and universities in the United States

Ashoka University today announced a grant of USD 147,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a project entitled Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age William Faulkner to its Faculty of English and Digital Humanities, Dr. Johannes Burgers. Dr. Burgers will co-manage the digital humanities project with Professor Christopher Rigger of Southeast Missouri State University, and Professor Worthy Martin of the University of Virginia will serve as technology director. The 30-month project focuses on helping instructors from high schools, community colleges and four-year universities across the United States create digital learning modules using the digital Yoknapataofa. Digital Yoknapataofa is a huge digital humanitarian database that presents important aspects of the fictional world of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner through interactive maps, visualizations, archival documents, historical photographs and audio recordings. The site was created by Stephen Relton of the University of Virginia, an international team of scholars and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities in support of previous NEH grants.

Professor Malvika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor of Ashoka University, said, “We are pleased to announce that Dr. Johannes Burgers of Ashoka University has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) in the United States to promote digital education.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced 24.7 million in grants for 208 humanitarian projects across the country. “These NEH grants will help enrich our understanding of the past of educators and scholars and enable cultural institutions across the country to expand their offerings, resources and public programming, both privately and online,” said Adam Wolfson, Acting Chair of NEH. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal organization established in the United States in 1965. It is one of the largest funding programs for humanitarian programs in the United States. Grants are awarded by the NEH for projects organized around a set of key themes or themes drawn from such areas of anthropological studies as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and writing and writing skills.

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