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Advocating for the Humanities in Washington, DC

The author of this blog post was awarded a travel grant to attend an advocacy conference in Washington, DC. This opportunity was available as part of the ASA Advocacy program. If you wish to see more opportunities for ASA members like this, please consider donating to the 60th Anniversary Campaign to support this, and other strategic initiatives.

By Nancy L. Clark

It is hard to imagine that African Studies would exist today as a robust and growing academic field without the support of many programs funded by US taxpayers. Most of us have enjoyed the benefits of these programs – through the NEH, NEA, NSF, Title VI, and Fulbright-Hays – and we would not have been able to pursue our scholarship without these resources. In a time of increasing inequality and insecurity throughout the world, these programs are more important than ever. And yet we find them under greater attack by a new administration and congress seemingly bent on building walls rather than bridges.

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