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November 2016 Grants

The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to announce over $13,000,000 in grants to 42 institutions. These grants, awarded in five program areas, advance the Foundation’s commitments to the development of intellectual leaders and the public dissemination of knowledge.

Fourteen grants from the Luce Fund in American Art will support exhibitions across the country that celebrate and probe the depth and variety of American art from every era of the country’s history. Five responsive grants from the American Art program will fund work on pre-contemporary collections, as well as entry-level positions designed to open the field to new and more diverse perspectives.

Seven grants from the Asia program will support art exhibitions that will bring both ancient and contemporary Asian art to the United States, collaborations related to the study of Chinese folk culture, and communication between scholars in North America and North Korea. Meanwhile, two grants from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs focus on fostering richly informed coverage of international religion in the media.

Three grants from the Higher Education program will support new approaches to doctoral education and higher education policymaking, as well as a study addressing sexual harassment in STEM fields. Five Theology program grants will support projects that blend theological and multidisciplinary perspectives and prepare spiritual leaders to minister to a changing world. And, in its inaugural year, grants from the Luce Fund for Theological Education will support six seminaries and divinity schools as they explore ways to train their students to serve diverse populations and to engage with the broader public.

The grants of each of the Foundation’s programs are described in more detail below:

American Art

Each November, the American Art Program announces the recipients of funding for the major loan exhibitions and related publications that are anticipated to make significant contributions to the public and scholarly experience and understanding of American art. This year’s slate of 14 exhibitions, awarded to museums in nine states and the United Kingdom, represents a wide range of artists, practices, and curatorial approaches.

Among the eight monographic projects are exhibitions dedicated to iconic figures including Marsden Hartley’s Maine at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Grant Wood at the Whitney Museum; as well as such forthcoming landmark retrospectives as Charles White at The Art Institute of Chicago, and Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World at the Hammer Museum. This year, six thematic exhibitions range from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s expansive survey of American watercolor practice, to the Portland Museum of Art’s consideration of four modern American figurative sculptors, and an exhibition of art associated with the 20th-century Black Power Movement at London’s Tate.

Photography is featured in-depth in three exhibitions, at the Princeton University Art Museum, the Georgia Museum of Art, and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Pennsylvania, exploring respectively Clarence White and Doris Ulmann, and photographs of the steel industry. Several smaller-scale exhibitions that tap unique and compelling institutional perspectives include the Harvard Art Museum’s The Philosophy Chamber: Harvard’s Lost Collection, 1766-1820, The Morgan Library and Museum’s Henry James and American Art, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Anarchitecture: Gordon Matta-Clark and the Bronx.

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL—For the exhibition and catalogue, Charles White. A grant of $225,000.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY—For the exhibition and catalogue, Anarchitecture: Gordon Matta-Clark and the Bronx. A grant of $175,000.

Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA—For the exhibition and catalogue, Vernacular Modernism: The Photography of Doris Ulmann. A grant of $75,000.

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA—For the exhibition and catalogue, Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World. A grant of $200,000.

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA—For the exhibition and catalogue, The Philosophy Chamber: Harvard’s Lost Collection, 1766-1820. A grant of $100,000.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY—For the exhibition and catalogue, Marsden Hartley’s Maine. A grant of $200,000.

The Morgan Library & Art Museum, New York, NY—For the exhibition and catalogue, Henry James and American Art. A grant of $135,000.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA—For the exhibition and catalogue, American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent. A grant of $250,000.

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME—For the exhibition and catalogue, New American Sculpture: Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach. A grant of $200,000.

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ—For the exhibition and catalogue, Clarence White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895 – 1925. A grant of $150,000.

Tate Modern, London, UK—For the exhibition and catalogue, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. A grant of $100,000.

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN—For the exhibition and catalogue, Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property, 1968-2018. A grant of $200,000.

The Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA—For the exhibition and catalogue, Molten Light: Photography, Steel and the Modern World. A grant of $150,000.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY—For the exhibition and catalogue, Grant Wood. A grant of $200,000.

In addition to this year’s round of special-exhibition funding, two of five responsive grants are designed to specifically support pressing needs in the areas of permanent-collection exhibitions and curatorial training. Three-year grants to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Worcester Art Museum will test a new project type that links a sequence of three, one-year installations of under-exhibited areas of pre-contemporary collections and with curatorial apprenticeships. A grant to the The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will support the Whistler Watercolor Initiative, a similarly multi-tiered project that includes research and technical studies, an exhibition, and a curatorial apprenticeship.

A grant to Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios will help to improve the scope and effectiveness of the organization’s network, advocacy, and outreach, while a first-time grant to Storm King Art Center will support the organization’s comprehensive archives and oral history project. The American Art program has invited several of these grantees to accept funding for paid summer internships for college students from communities under-represented on museum staffs today, bringing to fourteen the number of such internships funded through the program’s responsive grants this year.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC—To support the Whistler Watercolor Initiative, and reinstallation of The Peacock Room. A three-year grant of $435,000.

Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Stockbridge, MA—To support a Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program administrator to implement a new strategic plan. A three-year grant of $375,000.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA—For a pilot program supporting collection-based exhibitions of pre-contemporary art and curatorial apprenticeships. A three-year grant of $825,000.

Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY—To support the oral history and archives program. A two-year grant of $460,000.

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA—For a pilot program supporting collection-based exhibitions of pre-contemporary art and curatorial apprenticeships. A three-year grant of $825,000.

Asia

The Asia Program is dedicated to fostering cultural and intellectual exchanges between the United States and the countries of East and Southeast Asia and to creating scholarly and public resources for improved understanding of Asia in the United States. Three new grants support the study and exhibition of Asian art, including an exhibition of early Chinese imperial art at the Metropolitan Museum, an exhibition of near-contemporary Chinese work at the Guggenheim Museum, and a publication series on Asian art produced by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida.

Other grant-supported efforts include summer institutes and museum exchanges organized by the American Folklore Society in partnership with the China Folklore Society, and a research initiative on Southeast Asian cities directed by the International Institute for Asian Studies at the Universiteit Leiden. Awards are also enhancing opportunities for sharing knowledge on and with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea—through the University of British Columbia’s Canada-DPRK Knowledge Partnership Program and programming of the National Committee on North Korea at Mercy Corps.

American Folklore Society, Bloomington, IN—For collaborations in China with the China Folklore Society and other Chinese institutions. A three-year grant of $408,000.

Mercy Corps, Washington, DC—For programming of the National Committee on North Korea. A one-year grant of $60,000.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY—For the exhibition and catalogue Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.- A.D. 220). A one-year grant of $300,000.

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL—For a series of publications on Asian art. A four-year grant of $282,000.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York, NY—For the exhibition and catalogue Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World. A one-year grant of $200,000.

Universiteit Leiden, Leiden, the Netherlands—For the Southeast Asia Neighborhoods Network project of the International Institute for Asian Studies. A four-year grant of $360,000.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada—For the Canada-DPRK Knowledge Partnership Program. A one-year grant of $145,000.

Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs

Two grants from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs expand and deepen the Initiative’s support for media-related work. Renewed support to the American Council of Learned Societies will encourage academic institutions to explore ways to bridge the gap between religion scholarship and journalism. New America’s International Reporting Project will address the declining investment by news outlets in international reporting by supporting eight fellows a year to carry out overseas religion reporting projects.

American Council of Learned Societies, New York, NY—Renewed support for a program on religion, journalism, and international affairs. A two-year grant of $790,000.

New America, Washington, DC—For the International Reporting Project’s fellowships on religion in international affairs. A three-year grant of $300,000.

Higher Education

Three new grants from the Higher Education Program reflect the program’s new priorities, announced earlier this year. A grant to the National Academy of Sciences will fund a study of sexual harassment in science, engineering, and medicine, advancing the goals of the Clare Boothe Luce program by supporting the cause of gender diversity in the sciences. A grant to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation seeks to equip higher education and government leaders to work more effectively together on behalf of colleges and universities. Finally, in accordance with the program’s goal of supporting innovation in doctoral education, a grant to the University of Delaware will support a new interdisciplinary PhD program in African American Public Humanities that will prepare students for careers as public scholars through a combination of traditional instruction and training in practical skills.

National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC—To support a study of the prevalence and impact of sexual harassment in the scientific, engineering, and medical workforce. A two-year grant of $250,000.

The University of Delaware, Newark, DE—To support a new public humanities approach to doctoral education. A three-year grant of $300,000.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Princeton, NJ—To support a new initiative to improve communication and collaboration between state policymakers and higher education leaders. A two-year grant of $350,000.

Theology

Three grants from the Theology program fund innovative projects at research universities. A four-year grant to the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University will support a multidisciplinary exploration of humanity’s place in an Anthropocene world, reflecting the program’s emphasis on fostering work that incorporates both theological and non-theological perspectives. A major three-year grant to Vanderbilt Divinity School will enable the school to foster national dialogue on public theology and racial justice, and to prepare a new generation of leaders to think theologically about racial diversity. And a grant to the University of Southern California will support a project on digital journalism, media strategies and public theology.

Two additional grants fund the exploration of challenges and opportunities in theological education. A grant to Lancaster Theological Seminary will support a series of workshops to study current and future directions in the field of the theological education, while a grant to the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education will support an assessment of the current state of healthcare chaplaincy education, with particular attention to the challenges of training chaplains to care for people of many different faiths.

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Decatur, GA—To support the assessment of healthcare chaplaincy education. A three-year grant of $275,000.

Duke University, Durham, NC—To support “Rethinking Humanity’s Place in an Anthropocene World,” a project at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. A four-year grant of $550,000.

Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA—To support a project on current and future directions in theological education. A three-year grant of $275,000.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA—To support a project on public theology and journalism. A two-year grant of $300,000.

Vanderbilt Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN—To support a project on public theology and racial justice. A three-year grant of $1,000,000.

The Luce Fund for Theological Education

The Theology program is also proud to announce six inaugural grants from the Luce Fund for Theological Education, which supports the development of new models of teaching, learning, research, publication, and leadership development. Grants approved in the Luce Fund’s first round of competition aim to adapt theological education to an era of increased appreciation for religious and other forms of diversity, and to encourage seminaries and their students to engage with a range of broader social challenges.

Supported projects include the launch of an Interreligious Institute at Chicago Theological Seminary, the development of a global network of Christian-Muslim Studies at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity, and an effort by Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to support and connect campus chaplains. Western Theological Seminary will seek to train ministry students to be attuned to and inclusive of people with disabilities and the American Baptist Seminary of the West will create a Public Theology Certificate, while a grant to the Methodist Theological School in Ohio will fund an initiative to advance environmental engagement at a dozen different seminaries.

The Foundation will begin accepting new letters of inquiry to the Luce Fund for Theological Education in early 2017. Inquiries may be submitted any time after January 1st, and must be received no later than March 15th.

American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, CA—To establish a Public Theology Certificate, in collaboration with the PICO National Network. A grant of $425,000.

Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL—To launch an Interreligious Institute. A grant of $425,000.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Delaware, OH—To establish an initiative to advance seminary environmental engagement, in collaboration with the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and the Green Seminary Initiative. A grant of $425,000.

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA—For a project on campus chaplaincy and religious diversity. A grant of $425,000.

University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, Edinburgh, Scotland—To launch a Global Network of Christian-Muslim Studies. A grant of $425,000.

Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI—To develop a program on disability and ministry. A grant of $425,000.

Clare Boothe Luce Program 2016 Grants

The Clare Boothe Luce program is pleased to announce 23 grants totaling $7,000,000 to support women in STEM fields. Established by Clare Boothe Luce in 1987, the Program offers research awards and tuition support to prepare young women to study and teach in the STEM disciplines, as well as five-year professorships for women early in their academic careers. Grants to Johns Hopkins University, Smith College, and the University of Detroit Mercy will fund a total of four five-year assistant professorships for women in STEM fields; grants to Providence College and Xavier University will provide undergraduate scholarships to a total of eleven young women, while grants to Dartmouth College, Kenyon College, Macalester College, Texas A&M University and the University of Dayton will fund undergraduate research awards. These grants will support the work of 89 women in total. In addition to these ten new awards, the Program awarded grants to the 13 institutions designated in Clare Boothe Luce's bequest to receive funds in perpetuity. We are pleased to continue our partnership with these institutions.

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH— To support twelve undergraduate research awards. A grant of $252,000.

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD—To support two professorships. A grant of $500,000.

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH— To support twenty-two undergraduate research awards. A grant of $176,000.

Macalester College, St Paul, MN— To support twenty-four undergraduate research awards. A grant of $228,792.

Providence College, Providence, RI—To support eight undergraduate scholarships. A grant of $288,538.

Smith College, Northampton, MA—To support one professorship. A grant of $499,975.

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX—To support eight undergraduate research awards. A grant of $250,000.

University of Dayton, Dayton, OH—To support eight undergraduate research awards. A grant of $201,600.

University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI— To support one professorship. A grant of $476,750.

Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH—To support three undergraduate scholarships. A grant of $225,000.

June 2016 Grants

The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to announce over $7,000,000 in grants to 17 institutions. These grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to fostering 21st century leaders and to bringing high quality scholarship into public discourse.

Four grants from the American Art Program will support expansion and digitization projects, broadening public access to collections that are of critical importance to the history of American Art. Grants from the Asia Program will support postdoctoral teaching fellowships and offer opportunities for academic exchanges and policy dialogues between East Asia and the U.S. Five grants from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs will fund expanded media coverage of religion’s role in public life and research focused on the Middle East and Central America. A grant from the Higher Education Program furnishes renewed support to leadership training sessions organized by the Society of Women Engineers, while four grants from the Theology Program will support innovative approaches to the study of religion and to religious leadership development. In total, these seventeen grants advance the Foundation’s efforts to deepen scholarly and public understanding from a variety of disciplinary, geographic and religious perspectives.

The grants of each of the Foundation’s programs are described in more detail below:

American Art

Along with supporting a slate of ten or more loan exhibitions each year, the Foundation’s American Art program is committed to making museums’ permanent collections of American art more accessible to local and global audiences. This year, a grant to the Asheville Art Museum will support a vastly expanded installation of the museum’s holdings, including Eastern Cherokee arts, North Carolina studio crafts, and art from Black Mountain College. A grant to Chesterwood, the historic home and studio of the sculptor Daniel Chester French, will underwrite a new permanent collection exhibition of 200 models, maquettes and finished sculptures. Support to the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Graphic Design Archive will fund the digitization of the collection and a fully accessible website, which will feature process work, drawings and models by forty-four leading 20th century American modernist graphic designers. Meanwhile, a grant to the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon will support a comprehensive collection survey and creation of a publicly-accessible electronic catalogue of 17,000 examples of Shaker arts and design.

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC—To reinstall the permanent collection and produce an accompanying publication. A two-year grant of $375,000.

Chesterwood – National Trust for Historic Preservation, Stockbridge, MA—To install a new permanent collection gallery and assess the drawing and print collection. A one-year grant of $300,000.

Rochester Institute of Technology, Graphic Design Archive, Rochester, NY—To document, digitize, and preserve the collection. A three-year grant of $280,000.

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, New Lebanon, NY—To create a publicly accessible electronic catalogue of the permanent collection. A two-year grant of $750,000.

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Asia

The Luce Foundation's Asia Program is dedicated to encouraging intellectual exchange between the United States and Asia and improved American understanding of Asia. A renewal of support to ASIANetwork will fund six postdoctoral teaching fellowships that will bring cutting edge scholarship in Asian studies to liberal arts colleges and provide teaching experience in the liberal arts context to new PhDs. A grant to the University of San Francisco will allow the Ricci Institute of Chinese-Western Cultural History to bring together scholars from China, Japan, Korea and the West for a research and publication program on the historical legacies of Christianity in East Asia. Finally, a grant to the National Committee on American Foreign Policy will continue support for the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, a series of bilateral and multilateral policy dialogues.

ASIANetwork, Richmond, IN—For continuation of a postdoctoral teaching fellowship program. A three-year grant of $500,000.

National Committee on American Foreign Policy, New York, NY —For ongoing policy dialogues of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security. A three-year grant of $525,000.

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA—– For the Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia project of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History. A four-year grant of $538,000.

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Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs

The Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs supports projects that enrich and deepen the public study and discussion of religion’s role in international affairs. A grant to the Atlantic Monthly Group will support increased coverage of religion on Atlantic.com, particularly on under-reported areas like Africa and Latin America, through both feature stories and notes. Renewed support to the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting will fund reporting and collaborations with university partners on such issues as religion and the environment, reproductive rights, and debates on free speech, and religion in cyberspace. Renewed support to the Social Science Research Council will promote interdisciplinary commentary and debate about secularism, religion and the public sphere on The Immanent Frame. A grant to the RAND Corporation will support research on resilience and resistance to sectarianism in the Middle East, with a focus on Lebanon, Bahrain and Oman. New York University’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics received a grant for an exploration of religious actors’ responses to the humanitarian crisis of migration from Central America through Mexico to the United States.

The Atlantic Monthly Group, Inc., Washington, DC—For expanded coverage of religion on TheAtlantic.com. A two-year grant of $490,000.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Washington, DC—Renewed support for reporting and university collaborations on religion in global affairs. A three-year grant of $450,000.

RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA—Support for Building Resilience and Countering Sectarianism in the Middle East. A two-year grant of $380,000.

New York University, New York, NY—For a project on migrants, religious leaders and civil society in the Americas. A three-year grant of $700,000.

Social Science Research Council, New York, NY—Continued support for The Immanent Frame. A two-year grant of $320,000.

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Higher Education

The Higher Education Program has renewed its support to the Society of Women Engineers for the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program, a training workshop that centers on issues of academic leadership development and management skills that are not typically components of an engineering advanced degree, including strategic finance, negotiation, and departmental strategy.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Chicago, IL —Continued support for a program that introduces women engineers to academic administration as a career path. A three-year grant of $150,000.

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Theology

Four grants from the Foundation’s Theology program will support innovative approaches to the study of religion and programs that prepare scholars and faith leaders for engagement with a multifaith world. Following a successful earlier grant, the Council of Independent Colleges has received a grant to support summer seminars for college and university faculty on “Teaching Interfaith Understanding.” Renewed support to Auburn Theological Seminary will continue the Auburn Senior Fellows Program, a new model of leadership development that trains faith leaders to build community and collaboration in a globalized, multifaith world. Ohio State University will use a Theology Program grant to undertake a project exploring the sounds of religion in the United States, including the construction of a sonic archive, field recordings, and oral histories, while a grant to CU Boulder will support an investigation of the changing nature of religious scholarship in the digital age, exploring models for publicly-engaged writing on religion.

Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, NY—Renewed support for the Auburn Senior Fellows Program. A three-year grant of $600,000.

The Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC—Renewed support for faculty seminars on teaching interfaith understanding, in collaboration with the Interfaith Youth Core. A three-year grant of $400,000.

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH—To support the American Religious Sounds Project at the Center for the Study of Religion. A two-year grant of $200,000.

University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO—To support Public Religion and Public Scholarship in the Digital Age, a project at the Center for Media, Religion and Culture. A three-year grant of $500,000.

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March 2016 Grants

The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to announce over $6,000,000 in grants to 19 institutions. These grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to supporting innovative, globally-minded research that can enrich both scholarly and public discourse.

Five grants from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs will enable scholars and journalists to develop and disseminate a more nuanced understanding of religion’s role in global affairs. Seven grants from the Asia Program will support the production and sharing of new knowledge on East and Southeast Asia; meanwhile, four grants from the Asia Program’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment continue that program’s support for innovative teaching on Asia and the environment at the undergraduate level.

Additional grants from the American Art Program, Public Policy Program, and Theology Program will promote work that seeks to shift traditional perspectives and encourages the exchange of ideas. The Foundation has also recently announced the 2016-2017 class of Luce Scholars – 18 exceptional young men and women who will spend a year living and working in Asia.

The grants of each of the Foundation’s programs are described in more detail below:

Religion in International Affairs

Established in 2005, the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs (HRLI) seeks to develop deeper understanding of religion in international affairs and to enhance public discussion of the topic. Grants made this spring to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, George Washington University, and Columbia University will bring together diverse thinkers – scholars, activists, and journalists with both global and local perspectives – to explore the role of religion in Russia, in civil society in Central Eurasia, and in the global discourse about violence against women. A renewal of support to Interfaith Voices will support public radio programming, and a new grant to the Magnum Foundation will allow photographers to work with scholars and media producers on new ways of representing and interpreting issues related to religion in the world.

Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC—For a project on religion and violence in Russia. A two-year grant of $380,000.

Columbia University, New York, NY —For a project on religion and the global discourse about violence against women. A three-year grant of $445,000.

Faith Matters, Inc. , Washington, DC—Continued support for Interfaith Voices’ public radio series, “God and Government.” A two-year grant of $200,000.

The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington, DC—Continued support for an initiative on religion and international affairs in Central Eurasia, with a focus on Islamic civil society. A two-year grant of $295,000.

Magnum Foundation, New York, NY—For an initiative to produce and disseminate visual documentary projects on religion in international affairs. A one-year grant of $150,000.

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Asia

Seven grants from the Asia Program reflect the program’s commitment to developing and expanding teaching and research within the field of Asian studies. Grants to the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice University, and the University of Hawai’i advance the program’s longstanding interest in promoting work on Southeast Asia, while a grant to Colby College for an exhibition of the work of Zao Wou-ki is in keeping with the program’s focus on making the work of Asian artists accessible in the West. Renewed support to the American Council of Learned Societies for its China Studies Program will give early-career scholars the opportunity to conduct field research, while a grant to National Taiwan University for the Asian Barometer Survey will make reliable public opinion data on Asia readily available to academics, journalists, and policy makers.

American Council of Learned Societies, New York, NY—Ongoing support for the China Studies Program. A two-year grant of $1,500,000.

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, NY—For Building Pacific Communities, an experiential learning and cultural exchange program of the Global Ethics Network. A three-year grant of $310,000.

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME—For the exhibition and catalogue No Limits: The Art of Zao Wou-ki. A one-year grant of $150,000.

Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY—For research and programming on Southeast Asia. A two-year grant of $180,000.

National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan—For the Asian Barometer Survey of popular attitudes toward democracy, governance and development in East and Southeast Asia. A five-year grant of $350,000.

Rice University, Houston, TX—For a postdoctoral fellowship on Southeast Asia, for the Transnational Asia Research Initiative at the Chao Center for Asian Studies. A two-year grant of $100,000.

University of Hawai’i Foundation, Honolulu, HI—For a program, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to strengthen Southeast Asian studies through language training and research. A three-year grant of $230,000.

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LIASE

Established in 2010, the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) encourages innovative approaches to Asian studies teaching and research at liberal arts colleges through the lens of the environment and sustainable development. Following a year of experimentation and program-building with the support of small exploratory grants, the following four schools have received four-year implementation grants to continue the LIASE program on their campuses. Beloit College faculty and students will explore the landscapes of China’s Yellow River region and of Northern Japan from cultural and scientific perspectives. Centre College will bring together students from Asian Studies, Philosophy, Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology for a lab and related activities on the impact of food processing industries in Thailand, Malaysia and China, and in Kentucky. Furman University’s initiative will feature Chinese language training, team-taught interdisciplinary coursework, and reciprocal exchanges with Yunnan Minzu University in Southwestern China. Oberlin College, using the theme of resilience as an organizing principle, will link on-campus experiences, including exhibitions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, with faculty-led tours and opportunities for student research in Asia.

Beloit College, Beloit, WI—For "Landscapes in Transition: Environment, Culture, Society in China and Japan." A four-year grant of $400,000.

Centre College, Danville, KY—For "Teaching Asia and the Environment through Scaffolded, High-impact Practices." A four-year grant of $400,000.

Furman University, Greenville, SC—For "Chinese Environmental Studies Initiative: Exploring Provincial and Local-Level Pathways to Sustainability." A four-year grant of $400,000.

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH—For "Sustainability and Resilience in the Face of Environmental Stress and Extreme Events." A four-year grant of $400,000.

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American Art

A grant from the American Art Program to the Anchorage Museum will support the Museum’s reinterpretation of its art collection as part of its Polar Lab initiative, tapping collections to expand understanding and dialogue around the past, present, and future of the Polar North.

Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK—To support project management, conservation, digitization, and a publication for new Art of the North Galleries. A one-year grant of $120,000.

Public Policy

A grant from the Public Policy program to the Library of Congress will support an orientation seminar for new Congress members from both political parties, including procedural training, policy issue briefings, and an introduction to available resources.

The Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC—For an orientation seminar for new Members of the 115th Congress. A one-year grant of $80,000.

Theology

A grant from the Theology Program to Yale University will support a collaborative project on the objects, ritual practices, sensory experiences and visual cultures associated with the many religious traditions of the Americas, extending the Foundation’s longstanding interest in religion and the arts.

Yale University, New Haven, CT—To support an interdisciplinary project on material religion in the Americas. A five-year grant of $500,000.

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November 2015 Grants

The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to announce over $22,000,000 in grants to 60 institutions. These grants reflect the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to fostering innovative scholarship, informed leadership, and cross-cultural understanding. Grants from the Higher Education program aim to develop a new, diverse generation of leaders. The Asia, Theology, and Religion in International Affairs programs are providing institutions the funding they need to pursue complex research and educational projects, often interdisciplinary and international in scope. Eleven grants from the Luce Fund in American Art will support thought-provoking and field-defining special exhibitions. And grants to 24 institutions from the Clare Boothe Luce program will help to encourage women in STEM fields by supporting student research and junior professorships.

In addition to these programmatic awards, the Foundation’s Board also approved a significant special grant to the New-York Historical Society to support the preservation of the Time, Inc. archive. Time, Inc. has donated the entirety of its archival collections to the New York Historical Society, an estimated 7 million documents that include administrative, editorial, and media material from Time Inc.’s major publications (Time, Fortune, Life, Sports Illustrated, and People), as well as the private correspondence of Time’s—and the Foundation’s—founder, Henry R. Luce. The grant will make it possible for the Society to process, move, and store the materials, preserving a major record of 20th century events for future scholars.

Taken together, these grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to the future of American and international knowledge, and to the researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers who will safeguard it.

The grants of each of the Foundation’s programs are described in more detail below:

American Art

Every November, the Luce Fund in American Art offers early-stage support for about ten special exhibitions and related publications that will contribute significantly to the public and scholarly understanding of American art. Some of this year’s grants focus on broadening appreciation for historically marginalized artists, including a grant to the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina for REMIX: Themes & Variations in African-American Art and a grant to the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a century-spanning exhibition, the exhibition Native American Women Artists. Other grants offer new perspectives on rarely-seen historic art, including an exhibition on etchings by Boston’s Paul Revere organized by the American Antiquarian Society, and seminal first-time assessments, including an SF MoMA retrospective of the avant garde San Francisco artist Bruce Conner. A number of exhibitions feature fresh approaches, including the first exhibition pairing of the American Jasper Johns and the Norwegian Edvard Munch by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and Princeton University Art Museum’s Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment. The American Art program has also renewed its commitment to the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art, supporting a new generation of scholars of American Art at a pivotal early stage in their career.

American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA—For the exhibition and catalogue, Paul Revere: Artisan and Entrepreneur. A grant of $125,000.

American Council of Learned Societies, New York, NY—Continued support of the Luce/ACLS American Art Dissertation Fellowship Program. A five-year grant of $2,373,750.

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC—For the exhibition and catalogue, REMIX: Themes & Variations in African-American Art. A grant of $100,000.

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN—For the exhibition and catalogue, Native American Women Artists. A grant of $200,000.

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY—For the exhibition and catalogue, Out of Clay: Peter Voulkos 1953-1968. A grant of $150,000.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC—For the exhibition and catalogue, In Full Swing: The Art of Stuart Davis. A grant of $300,000.

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY—For the exhibition and catalogue, John Graham: Maverick Modernist. A grant of $200,000.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA—For the exhibition and catalogue, World War I and American Art. A grant of $250,000.

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ—For the exhibition and catalogue, Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment. A grant of $125,000.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA—For the exhibition and catalogue, Bruce Conner: It’s All True. A grant of $300,000.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA—For the exhibition and catalogue, Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Shadows and Reflections. A grant of $100,000.

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Asia

The Asia program has announced nine new grants to aid development of the field of Asian studies and encourage American engagement with Chinese history, arts and culture. Several grants will help nurture a new generation of Asia scholars. These include awards to the Association for Asian Studies for summer workshops on emerging fields in the study of Asia and to Duke University for the Southeast Asia Research Group. Grants to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the National Committee on United States-China Relations will assist with the creation of new archival resources. Finally, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is receiving support for an exhibition of imperial art treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA— For the exhibition and catalogue Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. A one-year grant of $250,000.

Association for Asian Studies, Ann Arbor, MI— For a summer workshop program on emerging fields in the study of Asia. A four-year grant of $300,000.

Duke University, Durham, NC— For activities of the Southeast Asia Research Group. A three-year grant of $300,000.

National Committee on United States-China Relations, New York, NY—For a project to archive the Committee’s records. A two-year grant of $155,000.

NUS America Foundation Inc., Sunnyvale, CA—For the Asian Graduate Student Fellowship Program and Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies of the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. A three-year grant of $270,000.

University of Washington, Seattle, WA— For a project of the Myanmar Librarian Training Consortium. A two-year grant of $112,000.

University of Wisconsin Foundation, Madison, WI—For scholarships to the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute. A four-year grant of $300,000.

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT—Renewed support for a Chinese poetry and translation residency program. A three-year grant of $175,000.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC—For a project to expand the Chinese foreign policy documents database of the Cold War International History Project. A two-year grant of $240,000.

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Clare Boothe Luce

In addition to its continued commitment to thirteen designated institutions, the Clare Boothe Luce Program has approved eleven new grants: seven for undergraduate scholarships or research awards, one for graduate fellowships, and three for professorships. These grants will support a total of 80 women working in STEM fields.

Barnard College, New York, NY— To support eight undergraduate research awards. A grant of $196,440.

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA—To support six undergraduate scholarship. A grant of $218,722.

Columbia University, New York, NY— To support one professorship. A grant of $500,000.

Duke University, Durham, NC— To support two professorships. a grant of $500,000.

Lafayette College, Easton, PA—To support twenty-four undergraduate research awards. A grant of $150,000.

Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA—To support two undergraduate scholarships. A grant of $160,000.

Morgan State University, Worcester, MA—To support four undergraduate scholarship. A grant of $296,856.

Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD—To support six undergraduate scholarship. A grant of $174,996.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI— To support one professorship. A grant of $500,000.

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO—To support two graduate fellowships. A grant of $300,000.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA—To support twenty-four undergraduate research awards. A grant of $204,000.

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Religion in International Affairs

The Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs has announced five new grants that will give institutions the resources they need to do innovative, interdisciplinary work in this field. All of the grants place a particular emphasis on cross-regional and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Grants to the American Council of Learned Societies and New York University have a particular focus on collaborations between scholarship and journalism.

American Council of Learned Societies, New York, NY —For a program on religion, journalism, and international affairs. A two-year grant of $771,000.

American University, Washington, DC—For a project on religion and climate change in cross-regional perspective. A two-year grant of $425,000.

International Crisis Group, Washington, DC—For a project on religion and conflict in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. A two-year grant of $400,000.

New York University, New York, NY—For a project, Religious Stakes in Digital Times: Scholars and Journalists in Conversation. A three-year grant of $300,000.

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL—For the collaborative research project, The Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad. A three-year grant of $390,000.

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Higher Education

Two major grants from the Higher Education program reflect the Luce Foundation’s interest in developing a new generation of diverse and prepared leaders. A grant to Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) will establish a project that trains women in STEM for higher education leadership roles – a natural complement to the historic interests of the Clare Boothe Luce Program. The Foundation has also renewed its support for the World Pathways Heritage Language Scholars program at LaGuardia Community College, offering language training and leadership workshops to heritage language speakers to help them unlock the leadership potential that their bicultural background affords them.

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), Denver, CO—Support for a program that trains women in STEM for higher education leadership roles. A three-year grant of $450,000.

LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY—To support the third cohort of World Pathways Heritage Language Scholars and to support faculty in the program in future years. A three-year grant of $350,000.

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Public Policy

The Public Policy program has renewed its support to the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program, which offers Members of Congress the opportunity to explore critical policy topics with internationally recognized experts in a non-partisan context.

The Aspen Institute, Washington, DC—For a program to inform Members of Congress about international issues. A two-year grant of $250,000.

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Theology

The Theology program’s grants reflect a dual commitment to boundary crossing scholarship and theological education. A major grant to the University of Virginia will seek to connect the academic study of religion, theological inquiry and public discourse. Several grants will support work that crosses religious and national borders – including support for Central Baptist Theological Seminary’s partnership with the Myanmar Institute of Theology, and a grant to Hartford Seminary to support a new faculty member with expertise in Christian-Muslim relations. A grant to St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary will launch a new project on spirituality and the sacred arts, and Catholic Relief Services will receive support for a pilot program that seeks to deepen the understanding of Catholic social teaching among U.S. seminarians. Finally, the program continues its longstanding commitment to theological scholarship through renewed support of the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology Program.
Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada, Pittsburgh, PA —To continue the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology Program. A one-year grant of $600,000.

Catholic Relief Services, Baltimore, MD—To support a pilot program to deepen the understanding of Catholic social teaching among U.S. seminarians. A three-year grant of $330,000.

Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, KS—Renewed support for joint initiatives with the Myanmar Institute of Theology. A three-year grant of $300,000.

Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT—To support a new faculty member with expertise in Christian-Muslim relations. A four-year grant of $475,000.

Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY —To support a project on the sacred arts. A three-year grant of $250,000.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA—To support “Religion and its Publics,” a program at the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion. A three-year grant of $1,000,000.

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