Carnegie Mellon University

David Shumway and Christopher Warren with group of humanists on steps of Capitol Building.

March 22, 2018

English Professors Advocate for the Humanities in D.C.

By Shilo Rea

Earlier this month, the National Humanities Alliance held their annual meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Carnegie Mellon University’s David Shumway and Christopher Warren participated in the events aimed at advocating for federally funded humanities programs.

“Since its founding, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received support from presidents of both parties, but the two most recent budgets from the White House have proposed eliminating the NEH,” said Warren, associate professor of English in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “The NEH is the only entity, federal or private, with a national mandate to ensure all Americans have access to the humanities. In some fundamental ways, my scholarship, my career, my patterns of thought, my most basic ways of making meaning in the world, would not be what they are without the NEH, and I feel bound to do my part to advocate for its survival.”

Shumway, professor of English and director of CMU’s Humanities Center, and Warren joined more than 200 other humanists from around the country.