The Future of the Arts & Humanities in Times of Crisis: Advocating for the Humanities on Campus, in Communities, and on Capitol Hill

Friday, February 12, 2021, 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Online
Admission: Free
Season: 2020-2021


Featuring Beatrice Gurwitz, Deputy Director of the National Humanities Alliance and Stephen Kidd, Executive Director of the National Humanities Alliance.

The humanities in higher ed face many challenges from declining enrollments to limited funding. The National Humanities Alliance--a nationwide coalition of organizations advocating for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill--has developed a number of strategies for confronting these challenges. Beatrice Gurwitz and Stephen Kidd will introduce these strategies and foster a discussion of how faculty and administrators can participate in NHA’s work and advocate for the humanities in various contexts.

Stephen Kidd is the executive director of the National Humanities Alliance. Before joining NHA, he was director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Smithsonian Institution's "Museum without Walls." As director, he oversaw the development of major, research-based exhibitions including, among others, Crisis and Creativity: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt (2012), Colombia: the Nature of Culture (2011), and Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties (2010). Prior to his work at the Smithsonian, he served on the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the George Washington University.

Beatrice Gurwitz is deputy director of the National Humanities Alliance. Prior to joining NHA, Gurwitz served as a consultant at the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of State. She has also taught at the University of Maryland and in the New York City public school system. She is the author of Argentine Jews in the Age of Revolt (Brill, 2016). Her writing has also appeared in Journal of Jewish Identities, Immigrants and Minorities, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley.

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