Humanities on the Hill

SC Humanities was in Washington, DC at the end of February. Board Chair John T. Garman, Board Vice Chair Judy Burke Bynum, Board Member Byron E. Gipson, Executive Director Randy Akers, and Assistant Director Paula Watkins visited Washington, DC on February 25-27, 2008 for Humanities on the Hill, an annual event for advocacy and promotion of the public humanities.

SC Humanities delegation met with South Carolina members of Congress to highlight the impact of humanities programs on South Carolina citizens. Humanities on the Hill increases awareness of the importance of the public humanities in South Carolina and helps secure funding for future programs and grants in our state.

Executive Director Randy Akers said, "SC Humanities was part of the annual Humanities on the Hill, allowing state councils to inform their Congress people about humanities projects in their districts. I was pleased to see The South Carolina Encyclopedia in several Congressional offices and to meet two staff people who had attended the South Carolina Book Festival."

Humanities on the Hill only happens once a year; however, the general public can help support the public humanities at any time. If you have attended a program sponsored by SC Humanities, you can take part in our letter writing campaign by writing a letter to your congressional representatives. Find out more by following the link above.

Picture: Board Chair John T. Garman of Anderson with House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt