In an effort to bring valuable scholarship to the general public, the National Endowment for the Humanities—led by Colby President Emeritus William D. Adams, who became NEH chair in July—recently announced the Public Scholar program. The program is intended to motivate scholars to publish nonfiction books for general readers. To this end, the NEH is offering six- to 12-month grants.

“The fundamental aspiration,” Adams said, “is to encourage, support, and inspire humanities scholars to do a somewhat different kind of work than they have in the past … to make sure it meaningfully enters into the public realm where it can matter and have impact.”