News | 5 October 2010

Edmund Burke Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant



Edmund “Terry” Burke III, Professor Emeritus of History at UC Santa Cruz, has been awarded a prestigious grant

from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a seminar project titled Production and Consumption in World History, 1450-1914.

This funding, part of the Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers Grants pool, will enable Professor Burke to design and lead a four-week seminar for sixteen school teachers. The goal will be to expand these teachers’ knowledge of the trade in several different commodities during the period 1450-1914, which led ultimately to the emergence of a world economy.

Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers Grants support intensive two- to six-week projects in which fifteen to thirty school teachers, working with scholarly experts, engage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the humanities.

This grant pool is part of the $31.5 million in grants funded by the NEH for a total of 201 humanities projects.

The NEH grants announced today seek to discover, preserve, and share the stories that have shaped us,” said NEH Chairman Jim Leach. “Whether through continuing education opportunities for teachers, public debates on issues of civility and democracy, or the development of digital scholarly and educational tools, these projects underscore the power of the humanities to enrich our understanding of our history, our society, and ourselves.”

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities.