Join us in Washington, D.C. in March to advocate for the humanities! This year’s event will provide ample opportunity to connect with a growing number of humanities advocates from around the country. Together, we will explore approaches to year-round advocacy on college campuses and in local communities while also preparing for Capitol Hill visits. On March 12, we will visit House and Senate offices to make a persuasive case for federal funding for the humanities.
- Presentation of the Yates Award to two Members of Congress
- Multiple sessions on recruiting undergraduate students to study the humanities
- Exploration of new pathways in documenting the impact of the humanities
- Pitching the humanities workshop
- New advocate training
On Tuesday, March 12, advocates will visit Members of Congress or their staff with state-based delegations. NHA schedules these meetings in advance on behalf of all advocates. Before we meet in D.C., participants will be introduced to their advocacy group via email and receive advocacy training resources and profiles of the Members of Congress whose offices they will visit. At the annual meeting, all advocates will have time to meet with their groups to discuss strategy and logistics for the following day.
Interested in getting a headstart on Humanities Advocacy Day preparations?
Our Advocacy Guide, which will be updated for 2019, offers an overview of how to prepare for, conduct, and follow up on Hill meetings. NEH for All has compelling examples of NEH-supported work and impact areas to help advocates educate Congress about the role of the NEH. The NEH grants database, meanwhile, allows you to search grants to your state or congressional district.
The NHA Annual Meeting will be held at the LINE DC, a newly-opened boutique hotel in the heart of the Adams Morgan neighborhood.
Our room block has sold out, but there are still rooms available at a non-discounted rate at The LINE DC.
Housed inside a 110-year old historic church, the LINE DC reflects the effort of local chefs, bartenders, artists, and designers. Consider making reservations in advance at one of The LINE DC's three acclaimed restaurants--A Rake's Progress, Brothers and Sisters, or Spoken English--or explore Adams Morgan, known for its eclectic cuisine from five continents and live music scene.
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) will hold its Humanities Roundtable at the American Psychological Association (750 First Street NE) on Sunday, March 10, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. We encourage all NHA Annual Meeting attendees who are interested to attend. The theme of this year’s roundtable is “Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and its Impact.” The roundtable program will end shortly before NHA’s annual meeting begins.
The Advocacy Guide offers an overview of how to prepare for, conduct, and follow up after meetings on the Hill. It also offers a brief overview of each of our funding priorities. We will also provide a hard copy of the Advocacy Guide on March 11.
Advocacy Training Videos
We filmed two videos to help you prepare for the Hill visits:
1) The first video, Preparing for Advocacy Day, offers a recap of recent funding trends, an overview of the budget and appropriations process, and an explanation of how to conduct a meeting.
2) The second video, Anatomy of a Meeting, shows what meetings with the offices of three different Members of Congress might look like.
Humanities Policy Priorities Booklet
Our Humanities Policy Priority booklet offers detailed information about our funding priorities. It is also intended as a handout for Congressional offices, and we will provide hard copies on March 11th both for reference and for distribution.
Our NEH Brochure offers a deeper dive into four ways that the NEH contributes to public life. It is also intended both for your reference and as a handout for Hill offices, and we will provide hard copies on March 11.