A&A Chair Professor Rachael DeLue Addresses Members of Congress on Humanities Advocacy Day

March 24, 2023

On Humanities Advocacy Day, March 20, 2023, A&A Chair Professor Rachael DeLue and Tera Hunter, Professor of African American Studies and History and Acting Chair of Princeton’s Humanities Council, met with Members of Congress to garner federal support for the humanities.   They were part of a New Jersey delegation that also included representatives from Rutgers and Montclair State Universities.

Professor Rachael DeLue at entrance to Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman's office.

Professor Rachael DeLue in front of Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman's office.

Advocating for several federal humanities agencies and programs such as the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Fulbright-Hays and Title VI programs in the Department of Education, and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the delegation met with the six congressional offices of Senator Cory Booker, Senator Robert Menendez, Representative Thomas Kean, Representative Robert Menendez, Representative Mikie Sherrill, and Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Their aim, in DeLue’s words, was “to help Members of Congress understand the importance and impact of federal support of the humanities for enriching the nation's civic culture and sustaining a thriving, knowledge-based democracy.”