National Endowment for the Humanities issued two grants for teacher enrichment institutes at Kansas University, the only university to receive funding for more than one such program.
Janet Sharistanian, associate professor of English, and Phillip Paludan, professor of history, received a total of $122,000 to organize four-week programs at KU for elementary and secondary teachers.
Sharistanian's institute will focus on American writers Edith Wharton and Willa Cather. Paludan's will be about the Civil War, society and slavery.
Grants for 34 programs for 1997 were announced by NEH after a competitive review. NEH is an independent agency that supports humanities research, education, preservation projects and public programs.
"These grants offer intellectual sustenance and inspiration for school teachers and higher education faculty throughout the nation," said NEH Chairman Sheldon Hackney.
Hackney said NEH was straining to support high-quality humanities projects in the face of budget cuts made by Congress.
In all, NEH allocated $14.5 million for 105 projects. Monetary awards in this round of grants ranged from $3,900 to $800,000.
Funding will support 34 summer-study institutes for teachers ($3.5 million), 11 documentary film projects ($4 million), 25 museum exhibitions ($2.4 million), 25 summer programs for college faculty ($3.4 million), three library programs ($750,000) and three research fellowships ($100,000).