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NCA Participates in National Higher Education Meetings and Advocacy Days

May 9, 2017

In March, NCA staff attended two conferences that focused on advocating for funding and public support of the humanities and social sciences.

Approximately 250 people attended the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day, held March 13-14 in Washington, DC. The NHA conference focused on the importance of public engagement at the local level as an essential tool for advocacy, and on the role of the humanities in cultivating civic engagement. American Association for the Advancement of Science CEO Rush Holt was a featured speaker at the meeting, which also included panels comprised of humanities professors from across the nation.

Photos from NHA Advocacy Day, March 13-14, 2017

Also in Washington, DC, the annual Consortium of Social Science (COSSA) Science Policy Conference & Social Advocacy Day was held March 29-30. The conference featured important discussions about social science in the new political climate, strategies for enhancing student participation in the social sciences, and best practices for social and behavioral scientists engaging with media. University of California, Berkeley sociologist Arlie R. Hochschild delivered the keynote address. John Sides of The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog was also a featured speaker.

Both NHA and Science Policy Conference attendees spent the second day of their events on Capitol Hill, communicating the value and importance of the humanities and social sciences and asking their congressional representatives to preserve funding for critical humanities programs (many of which have been marked for elimination) as well as funding for important social science research.

NHA provides a number of resources for individuals who want to learn more about ways to get involved with efforts to protect the humanities. Learn more at To learn more about ways to get involved with social science advocacy, visit COSSA at