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    National role for Brandeis administrator

    A Brandeis University administrator was chosen this month by White House staff to serve on an advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities. John Unsworth, vice provost for library and technology services and an English professor at the university, was appointed Aug. 5 to the National Council on the Humanities, with his term running through Jan. 26, 2016. He replaces Brandeis alumna Jean Elshtain, who is now a University of Chicago professor. The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency that funds universities, public television and radio, libraries and individual scholars. The council, which has more than two dozen members, reviews grant proposals and provides advice on policies, procedures and programs, according to a statement from Brandeis. Unsworth has worked with the national agency for about 20 years as a grant recipient, a review panelist, and as a consultant on the development of its Office of Digital Humanities, according to Brandeis officials.