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.
Few readers of this blog need to be convinced of the value of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
The National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a coalition of associations (including the AHA) that advocates for the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs, announced last week that NHA Executive Director Jessica Jones Irons will be stepping down. Irons is leaving the NHA because her family is moving to New York. Duane Webster, executive director emeritus of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), will serve as interim director of the NHA. The organization is grateful the years of service rendered by Irons, as detailed in an excerpt from its press release:
Irons was appointed NHA Executive Director in 2005, and has served in a number of roles since first joining the Alliance staff in 1999.
The following text is from an e-mail sent out by Jessica Jones Irons, executive director of the National Humanities Alliance, encouraging participation in this year’s NHA Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day. Register before February 7, 2010 for the March 8-9, 2010 events.
In "The Audacity of Hope", author Barack Obama recounts a conversation he had with MIT scientist Robert Langer at Northwestern University’s 2006 commencement in which they discuss a declining federal investment in research and development through the nation’s higher education institutions.