Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War
The humanities can play a vital role in helping us to understand the human experience and to consider our obligations to one another. The question of what we owe each other becomes particularly urgent when men and women serve in wartime. For nearly the first time in a generation—since the War in Vietnam—Americans have lived with the ongoing consequences of war. Since 2001 over two million American men and women have been deployed in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like their predecessors, many recent military veterans have risked everything in serving their country. Yet, as members of an all-volunteer service corps, in which less than 1 percent of the U.S. population serves, they will not always find their military experiences readily understood by the public at large.
In recognition of the importance of the humanities both in helping Americans to understand the experiences of service members and in assisting veterans as they return to civilian life, NEH has launched a special initiative titled Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War.
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.
NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars.
For over forty years, TakeCare Foundation, Inc. ("Foundation") has been devoted to charitable and educational causes that enhance the health, wellness and welfare of individuals and families on Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. The goal of the Foundation is to help improve the quality of life for people in our region. The Foundation accomplishes this task by partnering with various charitable organizations that mirror their mission and passion.
The Department of Chamorro Affairs
The purpose and authorized activities of the Corporation (The Department of Chamorro Affairs) are to assist in the implementation of an integrated program for the preservation, development and promotion of the Chamorro Heritage of Guam, for the public benefit and to provide specific services to the Chamorro people. It is intended that this Corporation be a catalyst in the preservation, development and promotion of language, arts, humanities, historic and cultural preservation, research, restoration, presentation, museum activities and support programs significant to Guam’s history and culture, and to enhance the future of the Chamorro people of Guam.
Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum Chamorro Educational Facility
The Mission of the Guam Museum is to foster a greater understanding of the CHamoru culture and the art, history and natural environment of Guam. The Guam Museum envisions a dynamic centre of knowledge that celebrates Guam’s cultural heritage, art, history and natural environment through education and humanities-based programs that will help build a culture of respect (inafa’maolek) and inspire the future.
Journey to Normal, Inc.
Journey to Normal, Inc. began with a simple idea and has grown into a vision. Director JulieHera DeStefano travelled to Afghanistan in 2011 in order to learn about the experience of women serving in the combat zone. That journey led to filming women Veterans from around the country over a 2-3 year period during their reintegration. She talked with them about all aspects of life, and met with their families, too. From that work evolved an organization that has produced a feature-length documentary, hosts community conversation events, and provides professional trainings.