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What are the humanities? Why do they Matter?

Testimony on behalf of the Federation of State Humanities Councils Prepared for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies by Esther Mackintosh, President, Federation of State Humanities Councils, Addressing the National Endowment for the Humanities, May 26, 2017. Madam Chairwoman and members of the subcommittee, I thank you for this opportunity to submit testimony on behalf of the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils. Our request for FY 2018 is $155 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities and $46 million for the Federal/State Partnership, which funds the councils. The state humanities councils are full partners of the N

Marie Acemah, ECCI Course Instructor

"This program is an incredible thing for me," explains Marie Acemah as she prepares to lead an orientation with ten educators from Southcentral Alaska. This group will participate in the Alaska Humanities Forum's Educator Cross-Cultural Immersion (ECCI) this year, joining more than 400 alumni of this longstanding program. Over the next six months, Acemah will lead these participants on a journey of cultural self-exploration so that ultimately they can better serve the diverse groups of students in their classrooms, communicate across cultural differences, and incorporate Alaska Native Ways of Knowing and Learning into their teaching and work. “In order to really reach their multicultural stu

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