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C of I receives $500,000 from NEH for Judaic studies chair

2010. 12. 21.

The College of Idaho has been offered $500,000 in matching grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funds, which will be paid out over four years and matched by $1.5 million raised by C of I, will be used to establish an endowed chair in Judaic studies at The College of Idaho.

“We are very grateful to the NEH for helping us in our public humanities programming efforts,” said Marv Henberg, President of The College of Idaho. “The strength of our Judaic studies chair lies in its ability to reach beyond Caldwell and educate the entire state about the Jewish experience.”

The endowed chair in Judaic studies, which will be the first of its kind in the Intermountain West, is the dream of C of I history professor Howard Berger, a 28-year veteran of the College. The first phase of the chair launched this spring with the Howard Berger Lecture Series, a lectureship designed to promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture and philosophy in Idaho and the West.

“This very generous grant from the NEH shows immense support for the College's efforts,” Berger said. “We want to bring the history, religion, philosophy and literature of the Jewish people to generations of students across the entire Intermountain West.”

The NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NEH distributes millions of dollars in grants and matching funds every year.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit