After a career dedicated to serving, strengthening and supporting the state humanities councils, Federation President Esther Mackintosh officially retired as of April 30, 2020. The Federation staff was honored to toast to her retirement and to sit down and ask her a few last questions!
In the age of physical distancing, how do you convert and run meetings, such as what was traditionally a multi-day, in-person Board meeting? We checked in with our members and Federation Events Manager Tom Marabello for his input. While some challenges just can’t be helped (poor wifi, unmuted background noise, and those who don’t ‘video conference’), many reported positive experiences overall. Check out the tips and resources and share your experiences!
32 Podcasts on History, Journalism, Literature, and the Human Experience from the State and Territorial Humanities Councils Refresh your audio library and tune into a wide variety of podcasts that use the humanities disciplines to explore important areas of everyday American life. With over 30 different podcasts by councils from across the United States and US territories, there is something for everyone!
Earlier this week, we checked in with Pam Breaux, the president and CEO of the National Association of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), on the role of the the state art agencies and humanities councils during this crisis, why they are natural partners at this time, and the challenges and needs of the communities we all serve.
Those employed with the task of keeping American culture safe and vibrant carry a great, yet unrecognized burden. And in a crisis such as we now face, it is the proper role of the federal government to preserve the cultural fabric of the nation.
In collaboration with the National Humanities Alliance, the Federation is requesting supplemental funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin alleviating strains felt across the humanities sector, including the state humanities councils.
The fact that broad public interest in history, literature, ethics, art, and the power of ideas has never been higher should hearten academic humanists, despite the worrisome fact that our students are choosing to leave themselves out of the conversation.
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Phoebe Stein as the new Federation president! Stein will succeed Esther Mackintosh who announced her intention to retire in 2019. Mackintosh will stay on as president until the end of April.
In order to assist our members and fellow humanities advocates in their advocacy efforts during Humanities on the Hill, and throughout the year, enclosed is a snapshot of materials and links to resources the Federation has currently developed.
Call with take place on Friday, February 14, at 2:00 pm EST. Call-in details inside.
With less than a month before Humanities on the Hill, here’s what you need to know for your Hill visits before and during the event, what materials and prep the Federation provides, and where to find additional information to assist with any advocacy needs.
We asked conference participants who dedicate their time to humanities advocacy what one piece of advice they would offer humanities advocates. Here are their answers!