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NEH in the News

Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: February 17, 2017 Professors Fear Loss of Federal Arts, Humanities Funding
The Harvard Crimson

Humanities professors and University administrators are bracing for the potential elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Donald Trump’s administration, which some say could seriously hamper research at Harvard.

Posted: February 17, 2017 Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget
New York Times

The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.

Posted: February 16, 2017 Don’t Kill the National Endowment for the Humanities
Minding the Campus

The NEH has inspired some extraordinary and valuable work. There is no question that the NEH has, on average, moderated the excesses of the academic humanities. The Cole administration, in particular, shows that an NEH chairman moved by love of the humanities, not partisan zeal, can do great things.

Posted: February 16, 2017 Column: In praise of the humanities
Tampa Bay Times

Part of the national Telling Project, this was one of a series of Florida Humanities Council public programs across the state giving veterans a platform to talk about what their service to us meant. In Orlando, for example, a Gold Star mother described the searing pain in her head the moment her son was shot in Iraq. In Pensacola, a Vietnam veteran described how he tried to numb painful war memories with alcohol. Hearing the stories gave me a profoundly deeper connection with another's human experience. It changed how I understand the challenges veterans face both in uniform and at home.  Americans have always striven for knowledge. We read and build and invent. We discuss and quarrel and reform. America was born from ideas; we were humanities-driven from the beginning.

Posted: February 11, 2017 To be true Americans, we need to support the humanities
The Salt Lake Tribune

Through their grants, NEH provides millions of dollars across the country and in the state of Utah to support a range of programs including children's literacy projects; study groups that help veterans reintegrate into civilian life; continuing education of K-­12 teachers through teacher‑education seminars; museum exhibits about America's rich history for urban and rural communities; and grants that help libraries and archives preserve America's cultural heritage, to name just a portion of their programs. The NEH, like the humanities disciplines it supports, is essential to the health of our democracy because it supports the development of our educated citizenry.

Posted: February 7, 2017 Eliminating funding for the arts and humanities rips at our cultural fabric
The State Press

The main role of both agencies is to provide grants to those participating in the arts and humanities across the United States. For the Endowment for the Humanities, that means libraries, museums, colleges across the United States. For the Endowment for the Arts, that means helping to fund artists and art-related projects all across the U.S. To cut funding for the arts and the humanities is to cut at the fabric of American culture itself. These are the programs that help build our libraries and museums, that help provide innovative artists with the funds they needed to aid their creative expression. Those things just wouldn’t be there to the extent they are without any government funding.

Posted: February 3, 2017 Even Super Bowl commercials are political this year — perhaps inadvertently, but these ads will spark debate
New York Daily News

The company’s Super Bowl spot for Lifewtr, its brand of premium bottled water, aims to help consumers become #MoreInspired by focusing on the beauty and importance of art and culture. But it comes just days after the Trump administration vowed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities; programs that, among other things, extend arts to communities that otherwise wouldn’t have access to creative experiences.

Posted: February 2, 2017 Trump Plan To Cut NEH And NEA Diminishes Us All
Huffington Post

The searing novel by Alice Walker that transformed your sense of the social world, the ancient flint arrowhead that transported your understanding of time, the tempestuous Hudson River School painting that showed you the divine in nature, are all extravagances unworthy of the support we call “public.” Beauty - the ideas that convey it, the objects that carry it, the words that harness it - is out in the era of Donald Trump. Or at least, this is the insinuation of the President’s team when they threaten to place the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts on the chopping block.

Posted: January 31, 2017

On humanities and arts, The Hill reports that under the current budget blueprint, “The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.” Of course, the Trumpistas’ disdain for “bicoastal elites” is almost unlimited, and their contempt for intellectuals and academics is total.