Join the LSA in congratulating Dr. Amir Zeldes of Georgetown University who has been awareded a prestigious NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant for his project entitled A Linked Digital Environment for Coptic Studies.

The project invoves the creation and expansion of a suite of language processing tools to better analyze documents written in Coptic – the language of first millennium Egypt – and other ancient Near Eastern languages.

Dr. Amir Zeldes is a computational linguist specializing in work on and with corpora, including corpus linguistics studies, building corpora, and creating annotation interfaces and NLP tools that make corpus creation easier. His main research interests are at the syntax-semantics interface and in how we learn to be productive in our first, second and subsequent languages.

The National Humanities Alliance released the following statement on August 7, 2018, from its Executive Director Stephen Kidd on the August announcement of $43.1 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support 219 humanities projects nationwide:

“The latest round of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities will provide professional development opportunities for K–12 educators and college faculty, preserve our nation's cultural heritage, and support humanities infrastructure throughout the nation. This also marks the first round of Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants which require a match of nonfederal funds. These innovative grants can be used for construction and renovation projects, preservation and conservation of humanities collections, and sharing humanities collections between institutions. Collectively, NEH grants bridge partisan divides by providing access to the humanities in every state and territory.

“The NEH’s investments generate public-private partnerships, cutting-edge research, promote teaching, and provide lifelong learning opportunities. They create jobs and community hubs in rural and urban areas alike. Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have continued to affirm the value of these programs to their communities, recently passing a funding increase for the NEH for the fourth year in a row.

“We are immensely proud of the NEH’s impact across the U.S. and will continue advocating for increased federal support for future grants in 2019 and beyond.”

Find out more about NEH Grants here and about Digital Humanities Advancement Grants here.