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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.

National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day 2013

Mark your calendars!

National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day
March 17-19, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Connect with a growing network of humanities leaders
Communicate the value of the humanities to Members of Congress
Become a year-round advocate for the humanities

Sessions and events will be held at the One Washington Circle Hotel, George Washington University, and Capitol Hill.

Registration
Please contact Damon Dozier if you are interested in registering. AAA does provide free registration to a limited number of interested members. Damon can be reached via e-mail at ddozier@aaanet.org or via telephone: 703/528-1902.

Hotel Accommodations
A block of rooms has been reserved at the One Washington Circle Hotel at discounted rates: $159/night on Saturday, March 16, and $239/night for March 17 – 19. To make a reservation, call (202) 872-1680 and ask for the “National Humanities Alliance” block rate no later than February 13, 2013.  Availability limited.

Travel
Please note when making your travel arrangements that the meeting will begin with an introductory reception and session on Sunday, March 17, at 6 p.m., at the One Washington Circle Hotel.

National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day 2013

Mark your calendars!

National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day
March 17-19, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Connect with a growing network of humanities leaders
Communicate the value of the humanities to Members of Congress
Become a year-round advocate for the humanities

Sessions and events will be held at the One Washington Circle Hotel, George Washington University, and Capitol Hill.

Registration
Please contact Damon Dozier if you are interested in registering. AAA does provide free registration to a limited number of interested members. Damon can be reached via e-mail at ddozier@aaanet.org or via telephone: 703/528-1902.

Hotel Accommodations
A block of rooms has been reserved at the One Washington Circle Hotel at discounted rates: $159/night on Saturday, March 16, and $239/night for March 17 – 19. To make a reservation, call (202) 872-1680 and ask for the “National Humanities Alliance” block rate no later than February 13, 2013.  Availability limited.

Travel
Please note when making your travel arrangements that the meeting will begin with an introductory reception and session on Sunday, March 17, at 6 p.m., at the One Washington Circle Hotel.

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

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

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