University of Nebraska professor presents research on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Kay Walter is bringing the University of Nebraska to center stage.

The professor was invited to Capitol Hill to present the work of the Center for the Digital Research in the Humanities by Hamilton creator Lin-Manual Miranda.

“I think that probably the National Humanities Alliance tipped him off that I would have something that might be of interest relating to the National Endowment for the Humanities," Walter said.

And he was right. The center, in partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the University Libraries at the University of Nebraska, has made collections of important national treasures available in the digital form.

“Such a wide range of material of different projects have been created through facility and students at the center and also with other institutions in some cases," she added.

The event not only highlighted the work of Walter and the University but the importance of the programs and keeping them funded.

“The humanities is really about one thing, taking the collective memories as a people and creating a binding element that lift the mind and heart of that which is true and good and beautiful," Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1) said.

Fortenberry introduced Walter at the showcase. He said he couldn’t be prouder that the University was one of a few chosen to celebrate the work of Humanities programs. Walter said, without the help from NEH funds, the Center wouldn’t be possible.

“It’s been crucial to our program. We have operating funds from the University of Nebraska Lincoln but what we don’t have is research money," she said.

Walter hopes events like this can encourage Congress to keep arts and humanities programs alive for many generations to come.

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