2018 NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

Sunday, March 11 - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is an advocacy coalition dedicated to the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs.  The Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day provided participants the opportunity to: connect with a growing network of humanities leaders from around the country; learn about communicating the value of the humanities to Members of Congress; explore national humanities policy; and become year-round advocates for the humanities.  Sessions were held at George Washington University and on Capitol Hill.

Read more about the event here.

Read more about the National Humanities Alliance here.

The Graduate School is hosting a competitive process to fund two UW-Madison graduate students to attend the 2018 National Humanities Alliance (NHA) Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day.  The Graduate School will cover the cost of travel, accommodations, meals, and event registration for the graduate students selected to attend. 

To apply, submit the following in Scholarships@UW by Sunday, January 7, 2018.

  1. Statement of interest (maximum 500 words) addressing:
    • why knowledge about humanities advocacy is important to emerging scholars,
    • why effective communication is an essential skill for leaders in the humanities,
    • how you envision humanities advocacy fitting into your intended career path,
    • and specific ways in which you will bring what you learned back to campus and share it with fellow graduate students.
  2. Your current CV or résumé.
  3. Letter of support from your faculty advisor.

Applicants should demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills.

Eligibility: Must be enrolled during the spring 2018 semester in a UW-Madison graduate degree program in the Arts and Humanities division.


The Graduate School selected the following two graduate students to attend the 2017 NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day.

Vanessa Lauber

Ph.D. Candidate in English

Vanessa’s dissertation on American literature examines queer first-person narrative from the past thirty years. Her project investigates the shifting contexts of queer cultural forms and how those forms can shape social and political lives.

“At the heart of my research is a desire to understand how humanities broadly, and narrative in particular, function to unite, to make visible, and to persuade diverse audiences,” Lauber states.  “Advocacy at the level of policy and public outreach is essential to ensuring the continued existence of political, social and academic platforms for creative and innovative intellectual work rooted in the humanities.”

Richelle Wilson

Ph.D. Student in Scandinavian Studies

“It is important for emerging scholars in the humanities to understand that their careers will include not only teaching and research but likely a great deal of advocacy,” states Wilson. “Understanding how to effectively communicate the value of the humanities to undergraduates and to the community at large makes one a clear asset to any department they might join. Whether I get on a traditional tenure-track route or steer into an alt-ac career, I can be a voice for the study of literature, music, film, art, and performance.”

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