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Oppose devastating cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities!

Now that the government shutdown is over and Congress is beginning new budget negotiations, the proposed 49 percent cut to the National Endowment for the Humanities is back on the table. Just last week, one of the budget negotiators invoked the cut as he questioned the appropriateness of NEH grants. You can make sure that his are not the last words that our elected officials hear on the value of NEH by sending a message today.

We need you, your friends, and your colleagues to send messages in support of renewed investments in the humanities. Thousands of messages from advocates helped to put the proposed cuts on hold this summer, and by sending this new message, you can oppose the cuts and help restore NEH’s critical support for the humanities.

Lend your name to the effort by sending a message to your elected representatives.

Click  here to send a message.

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Background
In its FY 2014 budget resolution, the House of Representatives Budget Committee called for the complete elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, writing that the programs funded by NEH “…go beyond the core mission of the federal government, and they are generally enjoyed by people of higher-income levels, making them a wealth transfer from poorer to wealthier citizens.” The House subcommittee that oversees the NEH’s appropriation has followed through on the spirit of this resolution by approving a 49 percent cut to the agency’s budget.

Funding for NEH is already at just 29 percent of its peak and 62 percent of its average.

After years of deep cuts, the Obama Administration has proposed restoring some of NEH’s capacity with a 12 percent increase in funding.  

Click  here to send a message.

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Action Alert: Ask Congress to Support NEH

The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released its FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill this morning with a 49 percent ($71 million) cut for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). If enacted, this funding level would devastate an agency that has already been reduced by 19 percent since 2010.

This drastic cut would end programs that provide critical support for humanities teaching, preservation, public programming, and research, and result in positive impacts on every community in the country. Programs supported by the NEH teach essential skills and habits including reading, writing, critical thinking, and effective communication that are crucial for ensuring that each individual has the opportunity to learn and become a productive member of society. Further, NEH’s programs strengthen communities by promoting understanding of our common ideals, enduring civic values, and shared cultural heritage.

The National Humanities Alliance has made it quick and easy to contact your Representative through their online form. Simply write to your Representative today and urge them to vote against these devastating cuts.

Humanities Summer Program Opportunity for School and College Educators

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Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports tuition-free summer programs for school and college educators. Participants receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.

These one-to-five week study opportunities focus on important topics, texts, and questions in the humanities; enhance the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; build a community of inquiry and provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; and promote connections between teaching and research in the humanities.

NEH summer programs are held across the United States and abroad.

For a list of NEH Seminars and Institutes and NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for 2013, click here. The application deadline is March 4, 2013.

For information about grants to direct a summer program on a humanities topic of your expertise in 2014, please see http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/summer-seminars-and-institutes and http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/landmarks-american-history-and-culture-workshops-school-teachers.

Two New Grant Opportunities for Research in the Humanities and Health

This is a repost of Grant News by NEH:

NEH and AHRC Announce Collaborative Grant Opportunity to Use Humanities Scholarship to Study Health and Wellbeing in the UK and US

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom (AHRC) are cooperating to advance research in the humanities that focuses on the humanities and health and well-being. Applications are invited for support of collaborative research projects that use humanities disciplines to better understand health, well-being, disability, medical science and technology, or other aspects of the health sciences. Projects might investigate, for example, literary narratives of healing, the role of culture or cultural difference in health and medicine, or comparative cultural perspectives on disability. Projects must involve scholars from both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Applications are to be submitted to the NEH’s Collaborative Research program, with funding to be provided by NEH in the United States and the AHRC in the United Kingdom.

Application Deadline: December 6, 2012

Awards will be made for a minimum of one year and up to a maximum of three years with funding of between $25,000 (£15,000) and $100,000 (£62,000) available per project per year.

More details about this grant:

http://www.neh.gov/files/grants/ahrc_additional_document_language.pdf

Information on how to apply for this grant:

http://www.neh.gov/files/grants/collaborative-research-dec-6-2012.pdf

NIH Invites Humanities Researchers to Contribute to the Study of Culture and Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its Opportunity Network for Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research (OppNet), has announced a special funding opportunity for basic social and behavioral research on culture, health and wellbeing. Researchers in humanities disciplines are encouraged to apply as part of projects that maintain a required majority emphasis in basic behavioral and social sciences.

A Focus on Understanding Culture

According to the NIH announcement, “Culture usually is defined in terms of beliefs and practices that are shared within a population, which itself may share attributes such as ethnicity, race, language, gender, sexuality, specific physical impairments or geographic space. These beliefs and practices reflect common values, socialization processes that are intrinsic to the population of interest, and their other shared attributes. In practice, investigators may use gross distinctions such as demographic categories or political boundaries as proxies for culture, with little attention to how well these categories capture actual shared culture. The specific processes by which culture encompasses beliefs and practices related to health may be obscured by surrogate variables to designate culture (e.g., language, national origin, race/ethnicity). There is a need for research that improves the conceptualization and measurement of culture and does this in the context of health and social and behavioral processes that influence health.”

Under this program, OppNet expects to provide grants for infrastructure support to develop, strengthen, and evaluate transdisciplinary approaches and methods for basic behavioral and/or social research on the relationships among cultural practices/beliefs, health, and wellbeing. This includes an appreciation for more comprehensive understandings of the relationships regarding cultural attitudes, beliefs, practices, and processes, on outcomes relevant to human health and wellbeing.  OppNet specifically welcomes research teams that include expertise complementary to basic social and behavioral sciences, e.g., arts, ethics, humanities, law.

Application Deadline: December 17, 2012

NIH intends to commit $1,425,000 in FY2013 for approximately 5-7 awards. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations. Applications must have a majority emphasis in basic behavioral and social sciences.

Information on how to apply for this grant: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-12-002.html

In addition, a webinar hosted by the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development explains this grant in greater detail: http://www.nea.gov/research/TaskForce/Oct4-2012.html

The National Endowment for the Humanities Needs Your Help

Today’s post is a letter from NHA’s Interm Executive Director, Duane Webster.

Dear Colleague:

Wednesday, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the FY 2013 spending bill that includes funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  The bill proposes $132 million for the agency in FY 2013.  This represents a decrease of $14 million, or 9.6%, from the FY 2012 level of $146 million.

Now is the time to register your opposition. The full House Appropriations Committee still needs to consider the bill.  Please contact your Representative today and ask them to support the humanities and oppose cuts to the NEH.  The Alliance is urging Congress to provide no less than $154.3 million for NEH in FY 2013, the same level requested by the President.

Table: NEH Annual Appropriations (in millions of dollars)

Fiscal Year ‘95 ‘96 ‘00 ‘01 ‘02 ‘03 ‘04 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13
Appropriation 172.0 110.0 115.3 120.0 124.5 124.9 135.3 138.1 140.9 141.1 144.7 155.0 167.5 154.7 146.0 n/a

Click here to send a customizable electronic message from the Alliance’s online action center.

Thank you for making your voice heard.

Sincerely,

Duane Webster
Interim Executive Director
National Humanities Alliance

The NEH budget is very important to anthropologists: NEH supports high quality projects and programs that reach every U.S. state and territory, and benefit millions of Americans each year.  In FY 2011, NEH provided more than $131.1 million in support of 1,086 humanities projects.  These grants produce tangible results in every community.  For example, through NEH-supported projects in FY 2011 alone (non-exhaustive list):

  • Approximately 2,856 college, community college, and school teachers benefited from education programs supported by NEH; after participating in workshops, fellowships, and special projects, these educators went on to reach more than 389,000 students
  • 4,700 people in museums, libraries, archives, and historical organizations received training to learn the proper techniques to preserve and enhance access to humanities collection
  • 32 television and radio projects produced 110 broadcast hours, drawing cumulative audiences of approximately 37 million people
  • 24 preservation projects preserved and/or provided access to 1,145 hours of recorded sound and video collections; 3,685 linear feet of archival documents; 631,401 manuscripts, and other materials
  • research grants supported the work of 210 individual scholars and 56 long-term, collaborative  projects such as scholarly editions, translations, and archaeological excavations

Please take a moment to urge Congress to protect the NEH.

Preserve the NEH and Title VI/Fulbright-Hays Program Budgets – Contact your Members of Congress

Today’s guest blog post is a letter written by the Interim Executive Director of the National Humanities Alliance, Duane Webster. Please help by contacting your congressional member today!

Dear Colleague,

Please help support the humanities by taking a few minutes to contact your Members of Congress and ask them to sign two important Dear Colleague letters currently circulating in the House of Representatives.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Representative David Price (D-NC) is circulating a Dear Colleague letter in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  The letter, addressed to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies, requests $154.3 million for NEH in FY 2013.  This is the same level requested by the President.  A copy of the letter is available here.  Please ask your Representative to sign this letter.  Click here to send an email today.  The Alliance has set up a template message for you to customize. You can also contact your Representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. The deadline to sign the letter is March 16.

Title VI/ Fulbright-Hays International Education and Foreign Language Programs

Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) is circulating a Dear Colleague letter in support of Title VI/ Fulbright-Hays International Education and Foreign Language programs.  The letter, addressed to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education, requests no less than $75.729 million for these programs.  This is the same level requested by the President. A copy of the letter is available here.  Please ask your Representative to sign this letter.  Click here to send an email today.  The Alliance has set up a template message for you to customize. You can also contact your Representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. The deadline to sign the letter is March 14.

Thank you for your assistance with these important issues.  The signatures on these letters will provide an important record of support for federal humanities funding in the House of Representatives.

Sincerely,

Duane Webster

Interim Executive Director
National Humanities Alliance

New website – Indians of the Midwest, Past and Present

The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies announces the recent launch of a permanent, multimedia educational website, titled “Indians of the Midwest, Past and Present,” that is designed to engage and inform a broad audience about recent research by anthropologists and other scholars on tribal sovereignty; hunting, fishing, and gathering rights; casinos and other tribal businesses; treaties; identity; museum collections and repatriation; and stereotypes and their uses.  Loretta Fowler (Professor Emerita, Anthropology Department, University of Oklahoma) is the ethnohistorian and editor for the project.  The website includes video interviews with anthropologists Raymond DeMallie,Nancy O. Lurie, Larry Nesper, and Dawn Scher Thomae.  Also on the site are 43 essays, 700 illustrations, videos that highlight Native perspectives, maps, timelines, readings, quizzes, annotated bibliographies, and an Ask A Question feature that allows visitors to send questions to and receive answers from scholars.  In October, Timothy Pauketat and Grant Arndt were among the scholars who  answered visitors’ questions.  “Indians of the Midwest, Past and Present,” which is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, focuses on contemporary issues as they affect Native people in the Great Lakes area and explores how these issues have roots in the complex histories and cultures of the region.

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