NEH at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) would like to invite you to two special events at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.

First up, on Saturday, June 29, from 10:30 a.m. through noon, is “Now Showing @ ALA: Sneak Peek of Free For All: Inside the Public Library.” Filmmakers Dawn Logsdon & Lucie Faulknor will present a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their multi-platform documentary-in-progress, FREE FOR ALL: Inside the Public Library, which explores the history, spirit, and challenges of the free public library. The filmmakers will debut footage from all three components of their project—a national storytelling booth, web videos, and the feature-length documentary—and they want input from the library community. Share your comments, questions, stories, and archival leads during the panel discussion/Q&A with the filmmakers and library experts. Panel members include author and literary critic Nancy Pearl, San Francisco Public Library City Librarian Luis Herrera, historian and author Wayne Wiegand, and National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Program Officer Karen Kenton.

Then, on Sunday, June 30, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., join NEH respesentatives Karen Mittleman, Director, and Karen Kenton, Senior Program Officer, Division of Public Programs, for “What’s New at the NEH?” An NEH initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” will encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in United States history. Launching in 2013 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this program will offer a packaged set of NEH-funded films on Civil Rights history to five hundred communities across the nation over three years.

Four powerful documentary films (The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story) are the centerpiece of this project. Taken together, these films tell a remarkable story about grassroots activism, about the power of individuals to effect change, and about the changing contexts in which Americans have understood and struggled with concepts of freedom and equality. We hope that this film set will prompt reflection and discussion of these issues. NEH is exploring many options for community programming, including an innovative online film screening and discussion platform developed by ITVS. They invite participants to share ideas, propose partnerships, and help give shape to this initiative in ways that will make it meaningful to your communities.

Find out more about the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.