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Re: NEH Younger Scholars Program
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 400.  Sunday, 27 June 1993.
 
From:           Naomi Liebler <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jun 93 12:00:00 EST
Subject: 4.0398  NEH Younger Scholars Program
Comment:        RE: SHK 4.0398  NEH Younger Scholars Program
 
Dear Al (et al),
 
I think your suggestion that NEH sponsor "younger scholars" seminars is
EXCELLENT -- and I hope someone who has NEH's "ear" takes it up. If not, you
might write to NEH directly: for 29 cents, you could be doing a huge service!
 
I too had a student turned down -- my insitution is pretty large in terms of
population (it's a state college) but it is certainly not "first-rate" and its
research facilities are pitiful. Our students do have limited access to the
holdings at other colleges, and I mean LIMITED, but there's little opportunity
HERE to train them to know what to look for and how to find it. Because we are
a state college, we get students with an enormous range of abilities and
potential, and these are almost always undeveloped. Moreover, our students for
the most part sing a song that goes like this : "If I were really any good, I'd
be at ...." (fill in the blank). The sad part of all this is that some of them,
quite a few in fact, are natively brilliant, and without the opportunities you
speak of, they'll never know. To wit, in all my years of teaching here, only
ONE student even had the gumption to apply for that NEH Younger Scholars
program, and as I said, she was turned down. The rest of them say, "Who, me?"
 
Maybe the Folger folks (are you listening?) would be interested in expanding
the wonderful, excellent programs they currently offer to pre-college students,
and extend them to college students, with, of course, some kind of support from
NEH.
 
Thanks for raising the issue.
 
Naomi C. Liebler
Dept. of English
Montclair State College (NJ)
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