This all-day workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to serve as an advocate for federal funding for the humanities, and the chance to have hands-on advocate experience with visits to Capitol Hill to meet with elected federal officials.

The morning session will feature an overview of current federal funding levels, trends in funding, and training on advocacy strategies and talking points. This session will be run by the staff of the National Humanities Alliance, which is a coalition of organizations (including the ASA) that advocates for federal funding for humanities research, teaching, programming, and preservation and access. The staff of the National Humanities Alliance works year-round to leverage relationships in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government to promote policies that advance humanities research, programming, preservation, and teaching. Much of their work focuses specifically on Congressional appropriators to ensure adequate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Department of Education’s foreign language and international education programs, and various other funding streams that support the work of humanities scholars and professionals around the country. The ASA knows that many of our members depend on these funding streams for their work, and we are excited to partner with NHA to bring you training on how to be your own best advocate.

The NHA will work to arrange meetings with workshop participants and members of Congressional delegations from their state on Capitol Hill in the afternoon of November 30. These meetings will provide workshop attendees the opportunity to meet with their elected representatives, discuss their work, and make the case for federal funding for the humanities. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to employ the tools and strategies from the morning session in these meetings. Please note that while the NHA will strive to arrange meetings for all workshop participants, we cannot guarantee at this time that all states will have any elected officials available for a meeting on the afternoon of November 30. 

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please sign up here. Participation will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in the morning session but do not wish to visit Capitol Hill, you can indicate that preference on the sign up form. This workshop is free for all registered Annual Meeting attendees. Please only sign up for this workshop if you plan to attend, as we will arrange meetings with your elected officials on your behalf. If you have any questions, please contact the ASA at [email protected]