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PHR Professor Accepted to Prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar Program

April 22, 2019
  • Dr. Manolo Estavillo
Associate Professor of Politics and Human Rights, Dr. Manolo Estavillo, has been accepted to the NEH “Maps in the Digital Age” summer seminar at the Newberry Library in Chicago this summer.

The four-week program, set to begin June 10, will focus on how map research in the humanities, and map literacy itself, is being transformed by the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital revolution. The seminar will be comprised of reading, discussion, map study, and research immersed at historic Chicago library, The Newberry. Scholars will utilize the facility’s extensive and renowned collection of historic map documents and other humanities materials. 

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.

Dr. Estavillo’s work as a social critic has focused on the intersection of race and sexuality in the Puerto Rican diaspora. More recently, he has explored the use of photography to document the relationship between social identity and the claims made over space as groups of people make a place for themselves in the world.

Congratulations on this incredible achievement, Professor!