National Humanities Alliance Blog

NHA on the Hill: NEH Funding for Revitalizing Indigenous Languages

Senate Releases FY 2023 Appropriations Bills

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee released their versions of the FY 23 draft appropriations bills. In general, the bills included increases for all of our priorities albeit smaller ones than the House draft bills.

Documenting Impact: Public Humanities Lab at Middlebury College

In 2021, the Axinn Center for the Humanities at Middlebury College received a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to launch their Public Humanities Lab (PHL) initiative. Led by Axinn Center co-directors Febe Armanios and Marion Wells, the initiative offers courses that integrate humanities skills, content, and expertise into public facing projects, often done in partnership with a Vermont-based community organization. The National Humanities Alliance partnered with the Axinn Center to document the impact of these courses through surveys of students taking the courses and the faculty who taught them.

FY 2023 Dear Colleague Letter Successes

Each year, NHA works with our advocacy partners and allies on the Hill to cultivate sign-ons to  Dear Colleague Letters requesting increased funding for various humanities programs. These letters are led by specific Representatives and Senators, and we encourage additional members to sign on, lending their support to the appropriations request.

Pontchartrain Park Pioneers: Incorporating Oral Histories into Humanities Curricula

As part of our NEH for All initiative, NHA worked with Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to document the impact of a program they implemented in 2021. Titled Pontchartrain Park Pioneers: An Oral History of New Orleans’s Civil Rights Era Segregated Black “Suburb in the City,” this program integrated local oral histories collected by the project director, Dr. Clyde Robertson, into six existing courses. Southern University at New Orleans is a Historically Black College located in the northwest corner of Pontchartrain Park—the first neighborhood in the city that was developed, financed, designed, and constructed by African Americans for African American residents. The oral histories integrated into the humanities courses at SUNO are those of some of the initial residents of Pontchartrain Park and reflect the social and cultural changes that they went through as this area was developed.

Biden Administration Requests Big Increases for the Humanities

Yesterday, the Biden administration released its FY 23 budget request. Congress will now begin its appropriations process, ultimately drafting and passing bills that will fund the government in FY 23.

"Arts and Humanities: Don’t Leave College Without Them" Resource Launches

This past month saw the launch of a helpful new resource for articulating the practical value of undergraduate humanities education and addressing student concerns about career prospects: Arts and Humanities: Don’t Leave College Without Them. The image-rich, 350-page e-book is chock full of essays from students, recent graduates, and mid-career professionals that articulate opportunities for applying humanities knowledge and skills in today’s workforce.

Shelly Lowe Confirmed as Next NEH Chair

Late last night, Shelly Lowe was confirmed by the Senate as the 12th chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her appointment will be made official by the White House in the coming days, and she will begin her tenure shortly thereafter.

NEH Grant Release: January 2022

On January 11, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced 208 grants for humanities projects totaling $24.7 million. Notably, the grant release included grants from two recently-developed grant programs.

Introducing Humanities for All’s Public Humanities Newsletter

With the new year we are pleased to announce the launch of Humanities for All’s Public Humanities Newsletter. Since 2018, Humanities for All has been working to connect scholars and practitioners interested in the publicly engaged humanities to create a national community of practice dedicated to advancing community partnership through the humanities.