Hartwick’s Lacy Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend

April 19, 2013

Professor of History and History Department Chair Dr. Cherilyn Lacy has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend, which provides $6,000 for two months worth of full time work. The funding will be used toward Lacy's project: "Total War and Civilian Health in France 1914-1918."

The project examines the tensions between civilian and military needs for medical care in the midst of war that overwhelmed the French health care system. With most of the Western Front located on its soil the toll of casualties placed such a strain on French medical resources that it pitted the needs of civilians against those of soldiers. Yet to contemporaries who saw the nation as a living organic entity, both groups embodied the survival of the nation because soldiers women and children all were vital to reproducing the citizen body. 

"I feel honored to have been selected for the NEH summer stipend," said Lacy. "It was especially encouraging to get the comments from the reviewers, who offered really helpful perspectives on what I can contribute to the history of medicine and the First World War with this project. Now, I look forward to being able to do some intensive writing this summer."

With an NEH Summer Stipend, Lacy will draw upon research already completed in 2006-2012 to complete two chapters of her book manuscript. This project will contribute to the humanist consideration of the relationship between individuals and societies by examining how the conditions of total war disrupted the ability of the French state to provide care for its individual citizens.

The NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.

For additional details on Lacy's grant, contact Margaret Arthurs, director of corporate, foundation, and government relations at 607-431-4061 or at

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