On March 16-17, 2015, AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman and Programs Manager Emily Swafford participated in Humanities Advocacy Day at the Capitol. They joined educators and non-profit professionals from across the country to educate members of Congress about the value of humanities research, education, programming, and preservation.
They also received an update on opportunities and challenges facing federal funding for the humanities at the National Humanities Alliance annual meeting. The AHA is excited to be a sponsor of this event, organized by the NHA, as part of our advocacy efforts.
We are making available, to members and nonmembers alike, Robert B. Townsend’s article for the April issue of Perspectives on History, which analyzes Department of Education research and finds that the number of history bachelor’s degrees awarded has declined for the first time in a decade.
Although the decline is small in terms of percentages, the fact that the undergraduate population as a whole is growing means that history’s share of the graduate population is declining significantly, accelerating a four-year trend that has adverse implications for the job market and history departments.
Walking into the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts always lends an event a kind of grandeur that can’t be borrowed. The long walk down the capacious Hall of Nations empties out into the Grand Foyer where the giant bust of Kennedy presides, and from there the gleaming Carrara marble of the River Terrace reflects expansive views overlooking the Potomac. In truth, the cavernous Edward Durrell Stone building has had its ups and downs in public opinion, but it can still lend a sense of significance to any occasion, and it remains one of the prime locations for any prestigious Washington, DC, event.