National Humanities Alliance: Between Two Bookshelves Remind, NHC FAQs, and Legislative Update

In this Memo to Members:

  • Reminder – Between Two Bookshelves Webinar: How to Advocate for Humanities Departments to Senior Administrators

  • 2020 Virtual National Humanities Conference FAQs and Registration Information

  • Legislative Update

Reminder – Between Two Bookshelves Webinar: How to Advocate for Humanities Departments to Senior Administrators

There is still time to register! Whether launching a new program or facing budget cuts, consolidation, or elimination, humanities departments are called upon to make the case for resources to deans and provosts. Join us on October 1, 1:00 pm, ET, for a webinar on how to advocate for the humanities to senior administrators.

In this nuts and bolts discussion, you’ll learn how to advocate for your humanities department from three NHA board members who are current and former senior administrators. Topics will include framing your case in the context of your institution’s strategic plan, negotiating to achieve your highest priorities, and building support within your department and across campus before engaging senior administrators.


  • Joy Connolly, President, American Council of Learned Societies (former interim president and provost of The Graduate Center, CUNY; former dean for humanities at New York University)

  • Paula Krebs, Executive Director, Modern Language Association (former dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University; former department chair at Wheaton College)

  • Ben Vinson, Provost, Case Western Reserve University (former dean of George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences)


Stephen Kidd, Executive Director, National Humanities Alliance

Register for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.

We encourage you to share this invitation with your members and colleagues to help broaden the conversation.

This webinar builds on a recent two-part Between Two Bookshelves series, Making the Case for Studying the Humanities in a Time of Crisis, during which we heard from deans and humanities centers.

2020 Virtual National Humanities Conference FAQs and Registration Opening Next Week

We are looking forward to launching registration for the 2020 Virtual National Humanities Conference next week. The conference will take place on November 6, November 10, November 12, and November 13. FAQs are now available on the conference webpage, explaining the general structure of the event and the virtual tools we will be using to connect people. We will be launching a detailed schedule along with registration next week. We hope you can join us.

Legislative Update

The FY 21 appropriations process remained stagnated throughout much of the summer. While the House has passed 10 of its 12 appropriations bills, the Senate has made no movement on FY 21 appropriations. With the fiscal year ending on September 30 and the appropriations process nowhere near complete, the House passed a continuing resolution on Tuesday evening that would fund the government at FY 20 levels through December 11. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill by early next week and President Trump is expected to sign it.

Thanks to your advocacy, the House bills that have passed include increases for our priorities. We will continue to advocate for similar increases in the Senate bills when the Senate turns its attention to finishing the FY 21 appropriations process, likely after the election. See our funding chart for more information.