Professor Rachael DeLue Advocates for the Humanities on the Hill

March 18, 2024

On Humanities Advocacy Day, A&A chair Rachael DeLue met with Members of Congress to make the case for federal funding for the humanities. She was part of the New Jersey delegation which also included Esther Schor, Chair of the Humanities Council, along with faculty from Rugters University, Montclair State University, and Kean University, as well as representatives of regional humanities organizations.

The delegation visited 11 congressional offices to advocate for support 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). Advocates spoke with the offices of Senator Cory Booker, Senator Bob Menendez, Representative Donald Payne Jr., Representative Tom Kean Jr., Representative Andy Kim, Representative Rob Menendez, Representative Frank Pallone, Representative Jeff Van Drew, Representative Donald Norcross, Representative Mikie Sherrill, and Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman.

All six meetings had the same aim: to help Members of Congress understand the importance and impact of federal support of the humanities for enriching the nation’s civic culture and safeguarding and sustaining a thriving, knowledge-based democracy. 

A group of 8 women and 1 man stand in front of flags

From left: Dyani Feige (Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts), Rebecca FrancoMartin (People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos), Esther Schor (Princeton University), Kate Temoney (Montclair State University), Rachael DeLue, Kathleen Loysen (Montclair State University), Lauren Goodlad (Rutgers), Clifford Robinson (Princeton Public Library) (Photo courtesy of Rachael DeLue)