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NEH Chair Plans More CC Investment, Grants

Tuesday, March 15th is not just the Ides of March, it is also Humanities Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.  National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William “Bro” Adams will deliver the speech “Beyond the 50th: New Directions at NEH,” and according to an advanced copy of the speech, we at CCHA are elated to hear that he outlines the plan to “invest more heavily in this [Community College Humanities] sector, beginning with grants that will be announced in late March of this year.” This is just the beginning of the push for the humanities, and we want you to help us get the word out tomorrow!

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Adams and Foner: The Humanities as the Past, Present, and Future of Public Life

We live in a dynamic world, ever assaulted by our environment, with few places to turn where we can relax, unwind, be at one.  While we have the added double-edged sword of the digital world to add to our list of anxieties (and the irony of this being a digital post is not lost on me), people have always looked for a way to disengage from the world while feeling a strong connection to their internal, humanistic side.  The amazing thing about the humanities is that this field allows us to do this in a solitary environment, such as at home with a book, but we can also do this in a crowded library, theatre, or classroom.  Why is this of interest?  Simply because it means that what we crave to permit us to relax and reinvigorate ourselves is not necessarily time alone; we crave time spent with the humanities.  They are a part of our everyday lives and we find them in our everyday, public spaces.

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