Americans may be surprised to learn where some of their tax dollars are being spent, as a new report reveals several seemingly useless studies receiving grants from the The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

NEH grants totaling $12.8 million were awarded to 253 projects last month. As the Washington Free Beacon reports, NEH is proudly handing out grants for studies that range in topic from why Americans slouch, to bells in Bulgaria.

Other grants were given to underwrite exhibitions art, and to preserve pieces from the personal library of beloved author C.S. Lewis, spending over $50,000 on Slouch, a book about Americans’ “poor posture.”

Below is a quick summary of the recently awarded grants coming from NEH, under the Trump administration.

  • The NEH granted $100,000 for a “video game about…Alchemy” to The Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia;
  • $99,803 to “incorporate global perspectives” into college humanities courses at the Texas Woman’s University;
  • $75,000 for an “augmented reality experience” of the Kent State University shootings;
  • $50,400 to study “18th century sexuality”;
  • $50,400 for a study about whether liberals can be brainwashed by watching Fox News;
  • $50,400 for Slouch: The Hidden History of America’s Poor Posture Epidemic;
  • $50,400 for “Bells in the Music and Culture of Bulgaria,” provides a fellowship for an “anthropological study of bells in Bulgarian culture”;
  • $42,000 for “Race, Labor, and the Industrialization of California Wine,” a book-length study on the “history of winemaking in California from 1769 to 1920 with emphasis on labor relations during the Spanish colonial, Mexican national, and U.S. eras”;
  • $12,000 on a project about Chicago house music;
  • $11,963 for programs on the LGBT community in Philadelphia; and
  • $11,229 panel discussion on “LGBTQ+ history” in North Carolina.

In a statement to the Beacon, the Office of Communications at NEH praised the grants the agency recently awarded. The statement reads:

“In its latest funding cycle, NEH awarded 253 grants to support humanities projects across the nation, including a book on John Locke’s influence on American political thought, digital educational materials on the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, a website on New Deal art in New Mexico, a scholarly study written by a U.S. Navy Reservist and combat veteran on how military troops are depicted in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, and numerous conservation projects to protect the history of Jewish culture in the South, the personal library of author C. S. Lewis, and irreplaceable records of the nation’s maritime history.”


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