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ASA joins scholarly societies in call for respect for academic freedom in Turkey

 The African Studies Association joins over 50 learned and scholarly societies in signing a letter from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) expressing concern on threats to Turkish Academic Freedom and Higher Education. You can read the letter on the MESA website.

National Humanities Alliance: Telling the Story of your Work

By: Stephen Kidd

The African Studies Association is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA). This is the first in a series of columns that NHA will author to provide our members with information about humanities advocacy and how to become involved.

Several years ago, the National Humanities Alliance invited Folger Shakespeare Library Director Mike Witmore to testify on Capitol Hill in support of federal funding for the humanities. In his finely-crafted remarks, Witmore drew on his experience teaching Shakespeare to engineering students at Carnegie Mellon University to make the claim that “a lot of what makes us tick cannot be stated as an equation.” At the end of his remarks, he posed a question to the committee: “What would happen if you subtracted Shakespeare from our world, from our schools, and from our culture?” He then answered, “… America would not have produced a Lincoln, a Frederick Douglass, or an Emily Dickinson, all of whom were steeped in the plays of this writer.”

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