Humanities Advocates Gather at Capitol Hill Reception & Exhibits (Report from Erin Smith of NHA)

On the morning of March 27, more than 100 humanities supporters gathered in the Rayburn House Office Building to enjoy humanities exhibits and listen to remarks from National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Bruce Cole, and new Congressional Humanities Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Phil English (R-PA).

This year’s Capitol Hill event was co-sponsored by The History Channel, and its Chief Historian Dr. Libby O’Connell provided brief remarks to attendees before they began their Congressional visits.

The projects showcased the breadth of humanities projects receiving federal funding from agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Science Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. The presentations included:

  • American Anthropological Association- RACE Project
  • Association of American University Presses- NEH Bookshelf
  • Community College Humanities Association- Landmarks Workshops in American History and Culture
  • Michigan State University- Symposium on Science, Reason and Modern Democracy
  • Rutgers University Libraries, Newark- The Institute of Jazz Studies
  • Society of Biblical Literature- Publishing in the Humanities
  • University of California, Santa Barbara- Pepys Ballad Archive
  • University of California, Santa Cruz- NEH Summer Institute and Seminar
  • University of Tennessee- Marco Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • University of Virginia Press- “The Papers of George Washington”

View photographs from all of the events of March 26-27.