On Friday March 31, SCS received the following letter from Prof. Franco Montanari, President of FIEC.
We thank Prof. Montanari and FIEC for this statement of support for Classics and the humanities in general in the US.
Sir / Madam,
Recent developments in the funding of teaching and research in the Humanities in the United
States have become a cause of concern for the entire community of Classical Studies wordwide.
FIEC is an umbrella federation of all major associations of Classics in the world, including the
Society of Classical Studies, based in the US. We wish to express our stongest support to all our
colleagues who teach and conduct research at a time when the Humanities face a massive lack of
support from their government, which may result in major funding cuts.
Classical Studies are one of many tools used by scholars in the search of truth, respect and
solidarity between all peoples. At a time when biased opinions are presented as facts on a routine
basis, the study Greek and Latin, of the history of ancient peoples, of their archaeology, is of the
utmost importance to all those who believe in a fair and careful examination of facts, be it in the
past, in the present or in the future. The Founding Fathers were well aware of this : their knowledge
of the Classcial tradition was instrumental in shaping the United States of America.
We therefore ask the American government to continue supporting the Humanities in every possible
way, and to ensure that the Classical heritage is preserved and passed on to the next generations.
Franco Montanari (FIEC President)