Elaine Pagels, the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion, and Princeton University’s Papers of Thomas Jefferson have received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in a round of grants to humanities projects nationwide announced in August.
“NEH is proud to support the many scholars, curators, storytellers, filmmakers and teachers who are helping preserve, examine and share the country’s rich and expansive history and culture,” said NEH Chair Shelly Lowe. The NEH awarded $31.5 million to 226 projects nationwide to support collaborative and individual humanities research, preservation of historic collections, humanities exhibitions and documentaries, and education programs for teachers.
Pagels, an authority on the religions of late antiquity, received a $60,000 grant for research and writing a book, “Who Was Jesus? And Who Is He In the 21st Century?” on how different peoples and cultures have envisioned Jesus through history from the earliest sources to the present.
Princeton University’s Papers of Thomas Jefferson, a collaborative publishing hub for Jefferson source material in print and electronic format, received $300,000 for the preparation for publication of print volumes 47, 48, and 49 and editing of volumes 50 to 54 of the presidential papers of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). The project director and general editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson is James McClure, senior research historian, history.