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Save the Date – National Humanities Alliance Humanities Advocacy Day

NHA - Humanities Day - 2014The National Humanities Alliance will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day March 10-11 in Washington, D.C. 

 This unique event provides opportunities for participants to:

  • connect with a growing network of humanities leaders from around the country; 
  • communicate the value of humanities research, education, programming, and preservation to Members of Congress; 
  • explore national humanities policy; and 
  • become year-round advocates for the humanities. 

Sessions and events will be held at George Washington University and on Capitol Hill.

Registration

Registration and meeting information is available here.  

  • Early registration:           $75      Deadline: December 31
  • Advance registration:      $90      Deadline: January 31
  • Regular registration:       $100     Deadline: March 1

Hotel Accommodations

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Capitol Hill Hotel at a discounted rate of $229/night for March 8-11.  To make a reservation, call 800-619-9468 or 202-543-2941 and ask for the National Humanities Alliance block rate, using the group code NHA0314.  Availability is limited and hotel reservations must be made no later than February 6, 2014.

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.

AAA Reception Welcomes New Executive Director Dr. Liebow

Last evening, federal agency representatives, congressional staff and association affiliates welcomed AAA Executive Director Dr. Edward Liebow to his new position and to the Washington D.C. area.

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Ed speaks with Fath Ruffins of the Smithsonian Institution.

This gathering provided an opportunity for the AAA to continue to build a strong network amongst key players in the area.

Ed enjoys a laugh with Stephen Hill of the National Humanities Alliance and Alyson Reed of the Linguistic Society of America

Ed enjoys a laugh with Stephen Hill of the National Humanities Alliance and Alyson Reed of the Linguistic Society of America

The event was hosted at the Sonoma Wine Bar on Capitol Hill.

AAA President Leith Mullings welcomes Ed to DC.

AAA President Leith Mullings welcomes Ed to DC.

Save the Date for Humanities Advocacy Day 2013

Today’s guest post is by Duane Webster, Executive Director of the National Humanities Alliance.

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to announce that the National Humanities Alliance will hold its 2013 Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day on Monday, March 18 – Tuesday, March 19.  Pre-meeting sessions are tentatively scheduled to begin the afternoon of Sunday, March 17.  Events will take place in Washington, DC on The George Washington University campus and Capitol Hill.  A block of rooms at the One Washington Circle Hotel (located near GWU) is reserved for participants at a discounted rate of $159/night on Saturday, March 17, and $239 Sunday, March 18 – Tuesday, March 20.  Additional meeting information, including online registration, will be available on the NHA website this fall.

If you have any suggestions or questions regarding the 2013 meeting or advocacy day, I can be reached at duane@arl.org or 202-296-4994 x149.  You may also contact Erin Mosley at emosley@nhalliance.org or x150.  I hope you are planning to attend.

Sincerely,

Duane Webster
Executive Director
National Humanities Alliance

AAA Announces Retirement of Long-Time Executive Director

William (Bill) Davis, who has held the position of Executive Director of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for 16 years, announced his intention to retire from the post early next year.

Under Bill’s leadership, the AAA experienced 16 years of balanced budgets and growth of its operating reserves. In addition to his constant efforts to increase political support for federal grants for anthropological research, Davis also helped to raise more than $6 million in grants to develop and fund cornerstone projects of the Association, including the award-winning public education project RACE: Are We So Different? and the world’s largest anthropological electronic library, AnthroSource.  At the same time, he worked to expand the reach of anthropological scholarship through participation in global accessibility programs.

Bill has also been a key player in expanding public engagement and drawing attention to the contributions of anthropologists. He built an extensive print and electronic media relations program, helped create forums that facilitated anthropological participation in such debates as those over the US census categories, the Human Terrain System, and the displacement of indigenous populations, and  has consistently kept the association current on national and local legislative and policy proposals that affect the discipline and the profession.

Thinking globally, Davis ushered the AAA into the digital age with the development of AAA’s first website, paving the way for active engagement with social media. He extended AAA’s international relations through the inception of the Association’s Committee on World Anthropologies and active membership in the World Council of Anthropological Associations. By obtaining official NGO status for the AAA at the UN, Bill increased access of anthropologists to international policy-making.

“Bill has served the association with dedication and diligence, improving our management functions and solvency, transforming our publications program and amplifying anthropology’s visibility nationally and internationally,” says AAA President Leith Mullings.

Outside of AAA, Davis has contributed greatly to the Association community. He is the Past President of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. Davis has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Alliance, and Chair of the Executive Committee of its Conference of Administrative Officers of the American Council of Learned Societies. He is also an active participant in BoardSource, the American Society of Association Executives, the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers.

In a statement released earlier today, Davis noted that “I feel both fortunate and proud to have had the opportunity over these years to represent the interests of anthropologists and anthropology to the world of scholarly societies, higher education, government, the media and the public at large. My position has been extremely rewarding both professionally and personally, and I am truly grateful for the wonderful opportunities I have had in serving the members of this association.”

JDG Associates has been retained by the AAA to conduct the search for its next Executive Director.

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

2012 Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day

March 19-20, 2012
The George Washington University & Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

Online registration for the 2012 NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day is open!  Make plans now to attend this important annual event and connect with a growing network of humanities advocates from around the country.

Deadline ($100): March 1, 2012.

Schedule at a Glance
SUNDAY, MARCH 18
One Washington Circle Hotel – (4:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

  • Humanities Grants Overview
  • Advocacy Training

MONDAY, MARCH 19
GWU Marvin Center & Capitol Hill – (8:30 AM – 7:30 PM)

  • NHA annual membership meeting
  • Presentations of current work in the humanities
  • Panel discussion on the role of the humanities in undergraduate education
  • Luncheon and keynote address with Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead
  • Humanities funding and policy briefing
  • Capitol Hill reception

TUESDAY, MARCH 20
Capitol Hill – (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

  • Congressional office visits
  • Debriefing

For complete details, click here.

Budget Cuts Impact Humanities

Most federal humanities programs received major cuts in FY 2011, and new budget allocations released by the House indicate that FY 2012 could result in even larger across-the-board reductions. As work on FY 2012 appropriations in Congress moves forward, you can help by contacting your congressional representatives. Here are two programs that directly impact many AAA members:

Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs
The U.S. Department of Education just cancelled all new Fulbright-Hays International Education Program grants, stating: “Congressional action on the FY 2011 budget substantially reduced funds available for grants from the Title VI Programs, including new grants under the DDRA (Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad) Program. Therefore, no new awards will be made under the DDRA Program in FY 2011.”
Please write your Members of Congress and ask them to restore FY 2012 funding for the Department of Education’s International Education and Foreign Language Studies programs-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays- to the FY 2010 enacted level of $125.9 million.

Ask Congress to Support the Humanities – Restore NEH FY12 Funding
Please write your Members of Congress and ask them to support the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by requesting $167.5 million in FY12 funding for the agency. This would restore NEH funding to the same level the agency received in FY10. As you may know, the final, FY11 year-end Continuing Resolution (CR) set NEH funding for the current year at $155 million–a $12.5 million cut from the FY10 level.  In the FY12 Budget Proposal, President Obama has requested $146 million for the agency in FY12.  If enacted, this figure would represent an even deeper, $21 million cut from the FY10 level.

The National Humanities Alliance has template messages in which you can personalize for your congressional representative. Please contact your representative today!

Examples of Humanities Teaching and Research with Societal Benefits

AAA needs your help! Many of our members receive federally funded grants to conduct humanities research and education that have produced direct or indirect benefits for society. AAA is helping the National Humanities Alliance in continuing efforts to articulate the value of the humanities in response to the proposed spending cuts by Congress and the Administration to the National Endowment for the Humanities and other federal funding for humanities teaching and research in Fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

These proposed cuts are a very serious threat, particularly in an environment where Members of Congress are looking hard for ways to reduce federal spending. We must be prepared to defend federal support for the humanities with facts and examples of how they contribute to: the classroom; local, state or national public policy arenas; public knowledge creation; the preservation of history and heritage; the economy; global challenges and national security.

Please drop us a comment to this blog post with your examples of primarily federally supported humanities research and education that have resulted in nationally significant and demonstrable economic educations, social, policy, and/or national security benefits. Ideally, these examples will be mature research programs or historical examples (where the studies or activities are complete). We are especially interested in examples with value demonstrated by strong qualitative anecdotes and evidence or quantitative data.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this critical task for the future of funding humanities research and education.

Humanities at the Forefront of Congressional Vote on National Budget

The Annual Meeting for the National Humanities Alliance took place on March 7, 2011 at George Washington University, followed by Humanities Advocacy Day on March 8 at Capitol Hill. The Annual Meeting was an opportunity to provide concrete ways to exemplify and frame arguments to support the humanities, skills meeting participants would need for the following Advocacy day.

AAA’s Director of Public Affairs, Damon Dozier was featured in a three member panel that exemplified the field of humanities. Dozier emphasized the importance of education through the biological sciences and cultural perceptions o f race. Through the RACE: Are We So Different? public education program, AAA has spurred dialogue across the nation to embrace cultural differences and rethink preconceived notions of race and racism in the United States.

Bill Davis, AAA’s Executive Director, joined NHA’s national delegation that met with congressional members that hold stature within congressional committees. Damon Dozier and Joslyn Osten, Marketing & Communications Manager, joined first-time constituent lobbyist, Hollis Clayson of Northwestern University in meeting with the representatives of Illinois. While all meetings with congressional staffers were fruitful, feedback led to the conclusion that the representatives who have a history of supporting humanities will work out the best possible solution to minimize the financial impact of the national budget on humanities funding.

Although NHA’s Advocacy Day was a success, lobbying for humanities funding cannot be completed in just one day. Congress will be voting this week and in the coming weeks on bills and revisions to settle the national budget. NHA and AAA need your help in communicating the critical need for funding the research and grant-related programming offered in your communities today. Contact your congressional representative now to demonstrate your support for humanities and visit NHA’s website to stay tuned in to the latest budgetary developments.

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