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Professor Mark Clague Receives Grant from New NEH Public Scholars Program


Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), has won a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of its newly created Public Scholars Program.

Clague's award supports work on his book, O Say Can You Hear?: A Tuneful Cultural History of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The book shares the forgotten and misunderstood musical history of Francis Scott Key's song and reveal how the song's story presents a surprising social history of the United States.

The Public Scholars Program was designed by the NEH to promote the publication of scholarly nonfiction books for a general audience. With its first round of grants, it has distributed a total of $1.7 million to 36 writers across a broad spectrum of disciplines. It builds upon NEH's 50-year tradition of supporting the publication of nonfiction works that have profoundly influenced the way we understand history, politics, literature, and society.

The awards support books that use deep research to open up important or appealing subjects for wider audiences by presenting significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers.  

"NEH Public Scholar books will make important and exciting discoveries in fields such as history, literature, linguistics, and archaeology accessible to readers everywhere, and serve as an example of how humanities scholarship can benefit the common good," said NEH Chairman William Adams.

Clague is also director of research, the newly appointed director of entrepreneurship and career services at SMTD, and one of the University's experts in the area of presidential campaign marketing. In addition, he is co-director of the school's American Music Institute (AMI), a project incubator and innovation center for the study of music of all kinds in the United States and throughout the Americas. AMI is a partner in the Star Spangled Music Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization created to recognize the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 2014 and beyond. AMI also houses the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition, for which Clague is editor-in-chief. 



past news

April 2017

Visitors to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance might wish to see the Music Library's exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Two authentic sets of autographs, records from six countries and other artifacts will remain on display through through June.   04/21/2017

UMS and SMTD partner to present concert of new scholarly edition of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess 04/18/2017

March 2014

Elizabeth Batiuk (ethnomusicology) has been chosen as a fellow at the Sweetland/Rackham Dissertation Writing Institute for spring 2014 and James McNally (ethnomusicology) received a summer and academic year FLAS for the study of Portuguese.    03/17/2014

Musicology graduate student Elizabeth McLain has been awarded a prestigious Lurcy Fellowship for research in France during the 2014-2015 academic year.   03/14/2014

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