Earlier this month, Kristin Hass, the faculty coordinator of the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory, attended the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) annual meeting in Washington, DC and participated in Humanities Advocacy Day on March 10.
The annual NHA meeting includes workshops and sessions on public humanities programs. Humanities Advocacy Day, which takes place on the final day of the three-day meeting, provides opportunities for participants to connect with advocates from around the country. The NHA organizes state-based delegations in advance of the annual conference, preparing for Capitol Hill visits. On Humanities Advocacy Day, the delegations “visit House and Senate offices to make a persuasive case for federal funding for the humanities.”
As a member of the NHA, Kristin Hass advocated on behalf of the National Endowment for the Humanities by making the argument for the economic, social, and cultural value of the NEH. According to Hass, the Michigan delegation was busy and active, walking over sixteen miles to go to nine meetings. Dr. Hass, along with Bryan Whitledge, archivist and manager of university digital records at Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library, met with a number of senators and staffers including Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), staff in the office of Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and staff in the office of U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12).
Pictured L to R: Kristin Hass, Humanities Collaboratory Faculty Coordinator; U. S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI); and Bryan Whitledge, archivist at the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University.