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Update: Humanities Matter team joins forces with Woodwynn Farms!

In the summer of 2013, the House Appropriations Committee proposed cutting the budgets of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in half and issued the following statement,

“The activities and content funded by these agencies go beyond the core mission of the federal government, and they are generally enjoyed by people of higher-income levels, making them a wealth transfer from poorer to wealthier citizens.”

                                                        - House Budget Resolution 2013

In this age of austerity governments are the world are telling us that the arts and humanities don’t matter - that these ways of viewing the world don’t matter. If you disagree, join us in showing the world why the humanities matter.

The Humanities Matter Tour and Web Series is our way of giving humanists, artists, and educators across North America a way to stand up and fight for the humanities. We’re creating a web series entitled Faces of the Humanities creating a testament to the difference the arts and humanities make to our society.

If you believe that the humanities matter we’re asking for your support.

What am I supporting?

Our web series, Faces of the Humanities will examine the value of humanities education in two ways. First we’re asking scholars, professionals, students, and enthusiasts to send us short videos telling us why the humanities matter. These videos will be shown on our project website - to see some of the videos we’ve already received, visit our temporary website: http://www.strikingly.com/humanitiesmatter.

The second part of Faces of the Humanities will be a documentary-style web series produced by our Humanities Matters team. To create this web series we’ve driving across North America, stopping at universities, libraries, schools, and community groups interviewing people whose lives have been changed by the humanities.

Our web series will be released in three parts:

1. Humanities Education: Where will it take you?

We want to highlight how a humanities education influenced people’s lives and career paths, showing the value the humanities have in our society. So where have the humanities taken you?

2. Public Humanities: Community outreach and participatory culture

We also want to focus on the roles the humanities play in our communities. From historical walking tours, to poetry slams, to education, we want to highlight the best of the public humanities.

3. Digital Humanities: New forms of analysis and representation

The humanities aren’t only focused on books, people across North America are creating fascinating digital humanities projects. In a world of ever expanding access to data, this realm of the humanities help us better understand our increasingly digital world.

Join us as we interview leading digital researchers in Scholar’s Lab at the University of Virginia, grad students launching an ambitious public education project in London, Ontario, philosophers who teach childrens’ camps in Edmonton, Alberta, and a host of vibrant individuals who live and work to show why the humanities matter.

We’re not just making a video. We want to start a conversation about the role the arts and humanities play in our society. Join the conversation by sending us your video, offering a suggestion about where to stop or who to talk to on our trip, or by helping to fund our project.

The people behind our project

We’ve been overwhelmed with volunteer support for this project - from videographers, to trip coordinators, to promoters. With your help and our network of collaborators we can make a web resource that truly shows the human value of the arts and humanities.

At this stage of our project the Humanities Matters Tour and Web Series is being organized by four individuals.

Beth Compton - Artist, educator, archaeologist - Beth wears a number of different hats.Beth is an Archaeology PhD student at Western University. Her research examines how more people can be involved in the archaeological process through inclusive technology. Beth is interested in how technology can be used for new forms of artistic expression.

Ryan Hunt - When not obsessing over all things bus, Ryan is a grad student in the Public History program at Western University and a founding member of the DHMakerBus project. Ryan believes that the humanities matter because we need to encourage independent, critical thought in our society. To paraphrase Socrates, an unexamined society is not worth living in.

Kim Martin - Co-founder/Chief Instigator of DHMakerBus, Kim is also a PhD candidate in Library and Information Science. Her research interests lie at the crossroads of librarianship and the digital humanities. When she’s not organizing fashion shows and maker events, you can find her interviewing DH scholars about their social networks, research habits, and serendipitous connections.

Alex Gil - Alex is the Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Columbia University Libraries. He serves as vice chair of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities initiative and is actively engaged in several digital humanities projects at Columbia and around the world.

Additional Support

But as importantly, our project is backed by a network of humanists around the North America who have pledged their help and support. We have been honored to have the support of the following people and organizations.

Travel Blogging

Follow along at @humbustour or #getonthebus

As we travel through these various cities, we’ll be writing about our experiences and sharing them with our followers, both on our blog, and on Twitter. Each and every person we interview along the way will be able to add to our experience by being included in our Travel Blog which will showcase bios, associated images, and a selection of the interviews with these individuals.The map below outlines the places that filming will take place. If there is something you feel should be included in the webseries please let us know!

Tour Dates 2014

For more information on the sites we'll be visiting, follow along here: http://www.strikingly.com/humanitiesmatter

  • May 9th-11th - Charlottesville, Virginia
  • May 12th - Fairfax, Virginia/College Park, Maryland
  • May 13th - New York City (CUNY)
  • May 14th - Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 15th - Montreal, Quebec
  • NEW STOP: OTTAWA, ONTARIO
  • May 22nd - St. Catherine's, Ontario
  • May 23rd - London, Ontario
  • NEW STOP: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
  • May 24th - Chicago, Illinois
  • May 25th - Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 27th - Regina, Saskatchewan
  • May 28th - Edmonton, Alberta
  • May 30th - Kelowna, British Columbia
  • May 31st - Victoria, British Columbia

Risks and challenges

Our project is ambitious. Not only are we attempting to connect with humanists around North America, we will also be coordinating a cross-country lecture series as part of our web series. By traveling to universities, libraries, and communities across North America we will be able to include rich stories and diverse voices in our web series.

While making our project this ambitious is a definite challenge, the best way to demonstrate why something matters is to take a risk. For too long lovers of the humanities have kept their passions quiet. We want to give humanists a platform to shout their love for the humanities, making their voices heard on a global scale.

The DHMakerBus team and Alex Gil are all active members of the humanities community. We represent four unique areas of scholarship (archaeology, public history, librarianship, and English literature), and feel that we can properly represent the public and academic faces of the humanities throughout our project. As members of the digital humanities community, we also have the programming and networking skills to ensure that the promises made in the rewards section are kept in a timely manner.

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    What better to accompany your advanced download of our webseries than a virtual visit from the Humanities Matter team? One or more of our folks will Skype or Hangout with you and your class, colleagues, or crew to answer questions about the making of the video and the outcomes of the project.

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    If you want to play a prominent role in our Webseries, join us for a leg of the trip! Email us at dhmakerbus@gmail.com and we’ll make that happen! Your donation will ensure you have the best seat in the… bus.

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    If your institution is along our map (link here) you can ensure that we stop for an afternoon and include you and yours in the promotion of public digital humanities.

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