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NEH selects UTEP Professor Zita Arocha as Summer Scholar

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that The University of Texas at El Paso’s Zita Arocha, associate professor of practice in the Department of Communication, will be one of 30 NEH Summer Scholars to participate in a four-week study seminar at the University of Tampa in Florida.

Arocha, an award-winning bilingual journalist, will be part of the summer institute titled “José Martí and the Immigrant Communities of Florida in Cuban Independence and the Dawn of the American Century.”

The Center for José Martí Studies Affiliate will direct the program that will run from June 17 to July 12, 2019.

Marti, a journalist, poet and politician, was a Cuban revolutionary hero. Considered by some the father of the nation, he lived most of his life in exile to include at least a decade in New York City, where he published the pro-independence newspaper Patria.

Arocha said she planned to use her time as a scholar to study the role immigrant newspapers in Florida had in building public support for the cause of Cuban independence.

She plans to share what she learns with her UTEP students to help them understand the role and significance of the immigrant press in U.S. democracy.

“I have spent most of my journalism career writing about Latino and other immigrant communities in the United States, and the institute will allow me to study the significant role played by immigrant newspapers throughout our history to present an alternative reality than that presented by mainstream newspapers,” Arocha said.

The NEH will conduct 10 seminars and institutes this summer around the country that will involve approximately 220 participants. The endowment will cover the travel, lodging and other study-related expenses of its summer scholars, who must be college or university teachers.

Arocha, who worked as a reporter for more than 20 years at such publications as The Washington Post, has taught at UTEP since 2004. The native of Cuba is the director and founder of borderzine.com, a multimedia web magazine produced by UTEP students.

UTEP History Professor Earns NEH Research Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently awarded a one-year grant to The University of Texas at El Paso’s Sandra McGee Deutsch, Ph.D.

The NEH gran will assist Dr. Deutsch to develop a book about Victory Board experiences that will engage scholars interested in global antifascism, fascism, populism, democracy, feminism and women’s social movements to include a Latin American case.

The Victory Board was a large group of Argentine women who sent aid to the Allies, supported democracy and women’s rights within and outside their country, and cultivated strong ties with like-minded women in other nations, McGee Deutsch explained.

McGee Deutsch, a professor of history, is the project’s principal investigator. The title of her research is “Engendering Antifascism: The Argentine Junta de la Victoria (Victory Board) in Transnational and Comparative Perspective, 1930-1946.”

McGee Deutsch is a prolific author. Her articles and book chapters have appeared in publications around the world. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on South America and women, gender, and Jews in modern Latin America.

At the graduate level, she also teaches about global fascism, antifascism and populism.

The grant goes through December 31, 2019.

UTEP Professors Earn National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded research grants to The University of Texas at El Paso’s Professors of English Isabel Baca and Robert L. Gunn.

Their grants to advance research at Hispanic-Serving Institutions are part of $12.8 million that will support 253 projects across the country.

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Baca, Ph.D., will receive a $100,000 Humanities Initiatives grant. She plans to organize faculty training and develop curricula for an undergraduate bilingual professional writing certificate with a focus on translation theory, rhetorical theory and ethics.

Her project is called “Developing a Humanities-Based Bilingual Professional Writing Certificate for Undergraduates.”

Gunn, Ph.D., earned an Award for Faculty grant for $50,400 to support his research into the relationship of multiple time-keeping practices to literary and storytelling form between indigenous, Spanish, Mexican and U.S.

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residents in western North America borderlands from the 17th to 19th centuries. He said he would use the data to write a book.

Both UTEP professors were excited to earn this highly competitive, peer-reviewed award. The NEH, which has supported the nation’s most significant humanities projects for more than 50 years, only funds about 10 percent of the proposals it receives.

Stephen Crites, Ph.D., interim dean of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts, said NEH fellowships and grants are among the most prestigious and competitive awards that faculty in the humanities can receive. He added that this recognition exemplifies the kind of quality work that is done through the college.

“It is a tremendous affirmation of the quality of research and of program development in UTEP’s Department of English that Dr. Baca and Dr. Gunn have received these awards,” Crites said. “They reflect the exemplary accomplishments of these two individual faculty members.”

In a congratulatory note, Jon Parrish Peede, acting NEH chairman, said the agency welcomed the opportunity to support the varied research.

“The humanities offer us a path toward understanding ourselves, our neighbors, our nation,” Peede said. “These new NEH grants exemplify the agency’s commitment to serving American communities through investing in education initiatives, safeguarding cultural treasures, and illuminating the history and values that define our shared heritage.”

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