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September 04, 2013

MISSOULA – In each of the past three years, two University of Montana faculty members have garnered National Endowment for the Humanities awards. The collaboration between political science Associate Professor Rob Saldin and history Associate Professor Tobin Miller Shearer has resulted in successful bids to bring three NEH-sponsored exhibits to UM.

In 2011, the duo won the right to bring “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” traveling exhibition to UM in a program sponsored by the NEH and the American Library Association. This exhibit will be on campus in January and February 2015.

In 2012, the two professors were notified of the success of their bid to bring the “Civil War 150” traveling exhibition to campus in a program co-sponsored by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and NEH. It will appear on campus this December.

In 2013, Saldin and Shearer applied for and received notice that they had won a third NEH grant to bring the movie series “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” to campus. Dates for the series are yet to be announced.

“We received generous support from the Mansfield Library, the Davidson Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences in our applications,” Saldin said.

Shearer said, “These kinds of collaborative projects get us out of our academic silos and create new energy and opportunity for the University and Missoula community.”

For more information on any of these upcoming events or the programming associated with them, email Saldin at or Shearer at





Contact: Tobin Miller Shearer, UM associate professor of history, 406-243-6225,; Rob Saldin, UM associate professor of political science, 406-243-4418,