Ayers joins NEH council
L. Ayers, the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History,
has been appointed by President Clinton to a six-year term on
the National Council on the Humanities. The council advises on
programs and reviews grant applications for the National Endowment
for the Humanities, the federal agency that supports research
and education in history, literature and other areas of the humanities.
Ayers, who is on leave at Stanford University this year, has been
on the U.Va. history faculty since 1980 and specializes in Southern
1992 book, The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction,
was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.
He directs a hypermedia history archive, "The Valley of the
Shadow," about two communities in the Civil War, that has
been widely recognized as a promising new way to explore and learn
about history. It was just published as a book and CD-ROM by W.W.