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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.

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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