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August 11, 2016


The Daily Brief

Christine Saidi, Ph.D. NEH Research Grant 

Dr. Christine Saidi, associate professor, Kutztown University Department of History, has been awarded a $200,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Collaborative Research Grant.  Saidi and her collaborators, Rhonda M. Gonzales, University of Texas, San Antonio, and Cymone Fourshey, Bucknell University, received the award which was established to support interpretive research undertaken by a team of two or more collaborating scholars that adds significantly to knowledge and understanding of the humanities.   During the span of the three-year grant, the professors, together with their colleagues in Africa, plan to conduct research and data analysis on gender history in a region that is predominantly matrilineal historically and to collaborate with African colleagues involved in similar research on the continent. The historical questions are being explored primarily in the countries of Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.  Read the entire story here.




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6 p.m.   Residence halls close, Summer Session II ends



(Weather forecasts are provided by KU's Dr. Michael Davis and "Monsoon Mike" Regensburger)

Hazy mix of clouds and some sun, muggy, and very warm to hot. Showers and thunderstorms possible at any time in this soupy airmass. Any of those thunderstorms could be drenchers so remember, as always, #turnarounddontdrown if you ever approach a questionably water-covered roadway. This same general theme will continue straight through the weekend. Lows in the 70s. Highs in the upper 80s to around 90. 




(Historical facts have been compiled from the KU Archives and Special Collections of the Rohrbach Library; the archives of the Keystone; Kutztown Patriot, Allentown Leader and Reading Eagle; and Beacon on the Hill by Dr. Lee Graver.)

August 11, 1916:  The Allentown School District offers Professor Sharadin the position of instructor of freehand drawing at a salary of $1,800 a year.  Sharadin had been on the faculty of the Keystone State Normal School for eight years and was quickly become a local expert on art education.  Fortunately for KSNS, Sharadin declined the offer after much consideration.  






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