Update on U.S. Travel Ban and Status of NEH
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Dear SCMS Members,
As many of you prepare to travel to Chicago next week for SCMS’s 2017 Conference, we wish to inform you that the U.S. President’s revised Executive Order banning the travel of immigrants and refugees into the country has been halted by a federal judge in Hawaii. The temporary restraining order was announced yesterday and applies nationwide effective immediately.
We are also providing the following update received today from the National Humanities Alliance regarding the precarious state of the NEH under the Trump administration. Included are links allowing U.S. members to easily contact their Congressmen and women to voice your opposition to NEH’s elimination:
March 16, 2017
This morning, President Trump released a budget blueprint that calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s International Education Programs, the Institute for Museums and Library Services, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.
This is an assault on the humanities research, education, and programming that are essential to the cultivation of our national heritage and civic culture.
Congress will ultimately be responsible for writing the bills that fund the federal government. Members of Congress must receive the message that the humanities benefit us all.
U.S. members can click here to urge your Members of Congress to oppose these proposals! http://p2a.co/kVFEeav
If you have already contacted your elected officials about NEH in recent months, please also urge them to oppose this specific proposal by contacting them again now.
You can read more about the proposal and NEH’s campaign here http://www.nhalliance.org/pbr
We look forward to seeing many of you soon!
The SCMS Home Office