News from the National Humanities Alliance

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) shared a bunch of great news last week. I’m particularly excited about the “Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities” symposium to be held  April 10-12, 2013. The CFP shows that submissions will be accepted October 1- November 10, so there’s plenty of time to prepare a proposal and hopefully attend this event.
The news updates include:
NEH Planning Events on Constitution Day to Mark 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation 
Emancipation Nation: Celebrating Freedom on Constitution Day to take place September 17. Additional information about the September 17th events is available on the NEH website.
“Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities” Symposium Scheduled for April 10-12
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced the first initiative of its partnership with the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities, working in cooperation with NLM, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities of the University of Maryland, and Research Councils UK, will be a part of “Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities,” an interdisciplinary symposium exploring the intersection of digital humanities and biomedicine. Scheduled to take place April 10-12, 2013, Shared Horizons will provide a unique forum for  participants and their institutions to address questions about collaboration, research methodologies, and the interpretation of evidence arising from the interdisciplinary opportunities in this area of biomedical-driven humanities scholarship.
Shared Horizons aims to create opportunities for disciplinary cross-fertilization through a mix of formal and informal presentations combined with breakout sessions, all designed to promote a rich exchange of ideas about how large-scale quantitative methods can lead to new understandings of human culture. Bringing together researchers from the digital humanities and bioinformatics communities, the symposium will explore ways in which these two communities might collaborate on projects that bridge the humanities and medicine around the topics of sequence alignment and network analysis, two modes of analysis that intersect with “big data.”
Additional information is available on the Shared Horizons website.
Smithsonian and UNESCO Partner to Celebrate World Heritage Convention
The Smithsonian and UNESCO have developed a joint project, “Protection, Preservation and Prosperity: Stories of World Heritage,” to celebrate the World Heritage Convention’s 40th anniversary. The project focuses on 10 World Heritage Sites, including the Everglades and Taos Pueblo in the United States, the Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila in Mexico, the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou in China and the Cliff of Bandiagara in Mali.
The project combines the World Heritage Center’s archives, reports, research and other materials with the Smithsonian’s resources and specimens from its museums and science centers.  The sites will be featured on a new website, accompanied by a mobile app, educational curriculum and a poster-based exhibition.
The anniversary marks the creation of an international treaty in 1972 to protect and conserve outstanding sites of cultural and natural heritage. Today, 189 countries are parties to the Convention and 962 sites are inscribed on the World Heritage list. Additional information is available on the Smithsonian website.