Dear CHCI Members,
The Hill and the Washington Post reported yesterday that the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts may be at risk of elimination under the new U.S. Administration.
In response to this harrowing news, the National Humanities Alliance has sent out a call for action. Because the implications of U.S. Administration’s supposed plan are not purely budgetary and would affect humanities centers, institutes, and researchers across and beyond the United States, I share the NHA’s call with you here.
For members in the U.S., I urge you to communicate with your Universities, Senators, and Representatives about the effects of eliminating the NEH and other cultural agencies. For non-U.S. members, I encourage you to communicate the variety of ways in which the supposed plans would have a devastating effect on the global humanities, both in practice and as a precedent.
I expect that this is only the first in a series of conversations that we will have about humanities advocacy both in the U.S. and across the globe; and I am certain that these conversations will inform our exchanges in Cape Town this August when we think together about past and future forms of improvisation.
News broke this morning that the in-coming Trump Administration is considering the elimination of NEH, along with other cultural agencies!
While we are all concerned, it is important to remember that we have built considerable support in Congress over the past years and we can fight this proposal.
It is time to take action and make clear to the President-Elect and Members of Congress that you value federal funding for the humanities!
Together, we will communicate that public support for the humanities benefits students, teachers, and communities across the country!
Thank you for your support!