The SCS is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a national advocacy organization for the humanities. The NHA has issued the following information regarding the administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 19:
“President Trump released his Presidential Budget Request for FY 2019, which again calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities along with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s International Education Programs, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Institute for Museums and Library Services. The request also calls for the elimination of federal funding for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.
This is an assault on humanities research, education, and programming - all of which are essential to the cultivation of our national heritage and civic culture.
Congress will ultimately be responsible for writing the bills that fund the federal government.
Last year, we sent a forceful message to Congress that we oppose the administration’s efforts to eliminate humanities funding. While the appropriations process for FY 2018 has not yet been completed, Congress has rejected Trump’s proposals at every turn.”
The NEH has provided and continues to provide support to the field of Classics and SCS specifically. The Society's TLL Fellowship has been funded by NEH grants since 1984. The Society has also benefited from two NEH challenge grants, which helped the organization to increase its endowment, income from which supports many SCS programs and publications. If you are in the US and are concerned about the possibility of the elimination of federal funding for the humanities, including Classical Studies, you should contact your representatives in Congress. This is the most effective way to advocate for continued federal support. To contact your Congressional representatives, click here.