On Dec. 14, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced funding for 290 projects in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Among the recipients of $16.3 million in grants that will support a variety of humanities-based research and programs are three UCLA faculty members.

Lauren Robin Derby

Lauren Robin Derby, associate professor of history, will receive a $50,400 Fellowships for University Teachers grant for her project “Socery Narratives in the History of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.” Derby is director of the Program on Caribbean Studies in the UCLA Latin American Institute.

Daniel Lowenstein

Daniel Lowenstein, professor emeritus of law, will receive a $100,000 matching Humanities Access Grant, awarded through the NEH’s Office of Challenge Grants, for his project, “The American Dream in L.A. High School Outreach Program.”

Helen Rees

Helen Rees, professor of ethnomusicology and director of world musical instruments, will receive a Preservation Assistant Grant of $6,000 for “Preserving the World Musical Instrument Collection at UCLA.”

“The humanities help us study our past, understand our present and prepare for our future,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to support projects that will benefit all Americans and remind us of our shared human experience.”