Why save National Endowment for the Humanities funding?

Dianne Harris, dean of the College of Education, is available to discuss the National Endowment for the Humanities and why it’s vitally important to Americans in every city, suburb and rural community across the nation. Harris says, at a cost that is equivalent to one postage stamp per citizen each year, the NEH makes possible veterans study groups that help returned GIs cope with PTSD and successfully transition back to civilian life through the Standing Together Initiative and The Warrior Scholar Project. The NEH helps make possible the education of low-income adults through support of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, and it improves childhood literacy through the Prime Time Family Reading Program. It funds K-12 teacher-education programs to improve the quality of instruction in public schools and supports the preservation and access of our shared cultural heritage. In just the past few years, Utah organizations and individuals in Congressional District 2 alone (many other districts in Utah also receive NEH funding) have received more than $5,000,000 in grants from the NEH — and the value of these grants to our state and our country is incalcuable.

Dianne Harris | 801-581-8816 | Dianne.harris@utah.edu

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