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Armed with an ambitious advocacy agenda, AAA Executive Director Bill Davis and Director of Public Affairs Damon Dozier joined over 100 representatives from humanities-related associations to lobby and educate federal legislators on the importance of increased funding for the humanities.
As part of National Humanities Day, which was held March 11, both Davis and Dozier made the case to members of Congress for sustained and increased funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), two agencies which provide crucial support to scholars and educators.
Davis met with staff from the offices of Senators Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), while Dozier met with representatives from the offices of Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Dozier also had an opportunity to meet with staff from the office of Representative John Dingell (D-MI) as well.
As in the past, the AAA was a co-sponsor of the event, coordinated by the National Humanities Alliance, a non-profit coalition founded in 1981 to advance humanities policy.