The Humanities are under increasing pressure in the federal budget. Funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities is at a 40-year low in inflation-adjusted dollars, and three consecutive House budgets have called for the elimination of the Endowment. Fulbright-Hays and Title VI (the International Education programs in the Department of Education) are currently funded at xxx of their 2010 level.
With a newly empowered majority in both houses of Congress, your voice in support of the Humanities has never been more critical!
Here’s how you can help:
- 1. Contact your elected officials
Members of Congress hear every day about the need to make cuts in the budget. We need to make sure that they also hear from people across the country whose lives are impacted by Humanities programs. By raising your voice, you can show your elected officials what a crucial role Humanities play in your community.
- 2. Sign up for action alerts
When you sign up for our action alerts, you become a part of a nation-wide group of advocates for the Humanities. We’ll let you know when proposals in Congress threaten the Humanities, and together we can encourage Congressional majorities to block those extreme proposals.
- 3. Share with your Friends and Colleagues
You can help us spread the word about proposed cuts to Humanities funding and mobilize support to fight those cuts by sharing our action alerts with your friends, asking them to “like” NHA on Facebook, and sharing our posts and action alerts on social networks. Each person you help us to reach may help us to reach hundreds more supporters as the message continues to be shared.
Resources for you:
NHA’s Four Arguments for the Value of the Humanities
Quick Humanities Funding Overview [we can use Federal Funding Priorities à summary .pdf as the base, but then include talking points on each program, try to make it quick and bullet pointed. Present background and purpose, current funding, and arguments.)
In-depth Look at Humanities Budget Priorities
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- National Historical Publications & Records Commission
- International Education Programs
- Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need
- Institute of Museum & Library Services
- Library of Congress
- Minerva Research Initiative