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Federal humanities grants aim to put scholars on best seller lists

Federal humanities grants aim to put scholars on best seller lists

Aiming to show that scholarly research in literature, history and the arts remains lively and relevant in an era dominated by science, engineering and technology, the National Endowment for the Humanities has embarked on a “Public Scholars” campaign to generate books that embody excellent scholarship yet have a solid chance of landing on best-seller lists. But the head of one national group for humanities scholarship, the Humanities Education and Research Assn., said Tuesday that the way the new program is being presented risks trivializing what scholarship is all about -- and could leave less grant money for important but less accessible kinds of research. The Public...

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