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Representatives of the Society will be on Capitol Hill March 1-2 to participate in Humanities Advocacy Day 2006.

Humanities Advocacy Day is an annual campaign to promote federal support for scholarly research, education, and public programs in the humanities. The event represents an important opportunity for advocates to communicate the public value of the humanities to policymakers in Washington, DC.

Participants take part in a policy briefing and advocacy workshop, meetings with members of Congress and Congressional Staff, and a Capitol Hill reception and exhibit of federally supported humanities projects, including initiatives of the Society of Biblical Literature.

In its seventh year, Humanities Advocacy Day is helping to develop a network of humanities advocates from across the country and a variety of institutions including museums, libraries, colleges and universities, humanities institutes, state humanities councils, historical societies, and other organizations.

Humanities Advocacy Day is organized by the National Humanities Alliance, a non-profit coalition founded in 1981 to advance humanities policy.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Joel LeMon ( and visit

Wednesday, March 1

  • Registration (10:00am - 1:00pm): City Center Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC (Foggy Bottom/Dupont Circle Metro), Tel: 202.775.0800.
  • Legislation and Policy Briefing (1:00pm - 4:00pm): City Center Hotel
  • Capitol Hill Reception and Exhibit of NEH-Supported Projects (5:30pm - 7:00pm): B369 Rayburn House Office Building. [Capitol Hill Map]
Thursday, March 2
  • Congressional Visits (9:00am - 4:30pm): House and Senate Office Buildings
  • Debriefing (5:00pm - 6:00pm): TBA

Hill Visits
Registered participants will be assigned to a group for congressional visits, usually by state affiliation. A volunteer coordinator is identified for each group. This state coordinator schedules appointments for the group and serves as primary contact for NHA staff. NHA staff will maintain a master schedule of all congressional appointments. Participants will receive a legislative handbook, as well as advocacy material to deliver to congressional offices. A critical briefing on March 1 will provide "how-to" information on advocacy, and an update on federal funding and other legislation impacting work in the humanities.

National SponsorsHumanities Advocacy Day 2005 was co-sponsored by the following national organizations:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Association for State and Local History
  • American Association of Museums
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Council of Learned Societies
  • American Folklore Society
  • American Historical Association
  • American Library Association
  • American Philological Association
  • American Philosophical Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Studies Association
  • Association for Documentary Editing
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Association of American Universities
  • Association of American University Presses
  • Association of Research Libraries
  • College Art Association
  • Community College Humanities Association
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers
  • Federation of State Humanities Councils
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Institute for the Humanities (U. Michigan)
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Modern Language Association of America
  • National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
  • National Coalition for History
  • National Communication Association
  • National Humanities Alliance
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Simpson Center for the Humanities (U. Washington)
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

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