Still celebrating 50 years of NEH support for humanities research at UCI

Department: Humanities Commons

Post Date: March 2, 2017

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Both UCI and the National Endowment for the Humanities celebrated a significant milestone in 1965—their 50th anniversaries. In 1967, NEH awarded its first round of grants for humanities research, including one to UCI Professor Alice Laborde.  Learn more about UCI and the NEH in this video.

On September 29, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into effect legislation that called for the creation of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Four days later, UCI opened its classroom doors to students for the first time. UCI had also received its blessing from President Lyndon B. Johnson, who arrived by helicopter to the rolling hills of Orange County to dedicate the campus.

For the past 50 years, NEH has played a significant role in furthering humanities scholarship at UCI. UCI humanities faculty and students have received over 100 prestigious grants totaling more than $7 million. These grants have resulted in more than 80 book publications; major public outreach initiatives still ongoing today; field-establishing research in a number of disciplines; and interdisciplinary projects that have become the model for other universities.

On 50th anniversaries, it is customary to give gold—the most precious metal. We celebrate instead knowledge—our most precious resource—and pay tribute the over 100 grants received by UCI from the NEH in their first 50 years. We look forward to another 50 years, NEH!