Why Advocate for the Humanities?
Because at its best humanities disciplines help us understand the past, get a grip on the present, and plan for the future. That’s important because we don’t live in a vacuum! Events from the past shape this present and this present influences the future. We do not stand alone.
Literature, history, philosophy, ethics, folklore, anthropology, political science – all of these humanities disciplines and many more help us:
- remember who we are
- understand why we are here
- grasp how we connect to each other
- find ways to help communicate with each other
These are soft skills and hard to quantify, to be sure, but that does not make them unimportant.
Advocacy is an ongoing exercise and we can still communicate the value of the state’s humanities community to the governor, state representatives and senators. If you have not already done so, please consider writing a letter. Here are some background resources, for your information: