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Multicultural Center offers opportunities to enhance student experience

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Multicultural Center at MSU offers students a chance to enhance their educational careers through fellowships, award nominations, grants and essay applications. Some of the recent projects and opportunities being offered to students include:

The New Brunswick Labour History Project- •The New Brunswick Labour History Project is offering graduate fellowships at the University of New Brunswick and the University de Moncton for work in this field. For details, visit Barbara Wertheimer Prize- • To recognize serious study in labor and work history among undergraduate students, the New York Labor History Association will award the Barbara Wertheimer Prize of $100 for the best research paper written during the 2007-2008 academic year. The prize-winning entry will, with permission, be posted on the NYLHA Web site. Papers on any aspect of labor or work history will be considered. Entries will be evaluated on the basis of scholarship and literary merit. A panel chosen by the association will select the winner. • Entrants should send one copy of their paper to Brian Greenberg, Department of History and Anthropology, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ 07764. • Award: $100 • Deadline: June 15, 2008 • Contact: Professor Brian Greenberg, (732) 571-4477, National Endowment for the Humanities: “‘We the People’ Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions, and Culture” • NEH invites applications for “We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions, and Culture.” This program is designed to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for humanities activities that explore significant themes and events in American history, thereby advancing knowledge of how the founding principles of the United States have shaped American history and culture for more than two hundred years. • The endowment particularly welcomes proposals for programming at America's historic places (historic sites, neighborhoods, communities or larger geographical regions) as well as applications that address this theme through the use of digital technologies. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments that generate expendable earnings for program activities. Funds may also be used to support long-term costs, such as construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, acquisitions and conservation of collections. Because of the matching requirements, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support. • Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, public television and radio stations, scholarly associations, state humanities councils and other nonprofit entities. Programs that involve the collaboration of multiple institutions are eligible, but one institution must serve as the lead agent and formal applicant of record. • Award (Ceiling): $1,000,000 • Deadline: February 5, 2008 • For more information, visit Nominations being accepted for the John Sessions Memorial Award given by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association (ALA) • The award was established in 1980 and is named in honor of John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. The plaque, supported by a donation from the AFL-CIO, is given to recognize a library or library system that has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. • The 2008 award will presented at the RUSA Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference, June 26-July 2, 2008, in Anaheim, CA. Self nominations are welcomed. • Award: John Sessions Memorial Award • Deadline: December 15, 2007 • For nomination forms, please contact the Sessions Committee Chairperson as soon as possible: Jannie R. Cobb, Librarian, The George Meany Memorial Archives Library National Labor College, 10000 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20903, 301-431-5447,

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