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Priorities of NEH Questioned by Scholars.

Since surviving a threat of elimination in 1996, the National Endowment For the Humanities has struggled to meet scholar's demands for support of academic projects and Congress' demands for developing popular programs. Of special concern to historians and linguists is the Endowment's decreasing support for long-term projects, like editing the papers of Susan B. Anthony and compiling a Sumerian dictionary, and increasing support for strictly popular projects like a photography exhibit titled "Born Again."

Agency director Willaim Ferris has defended the reallocation of funds as necessary to ensure the NEH's survival. He has also said that winning Congressional support for any NEHsponsored projects would help increase funds for all projects. His argument was partially borne out this year when Congress a p proved a $5 million increase in the FY01 Endowment budget, the first significant increase in ye years. Still, many questions whether NEH is meeting the needs of its core constituency.

A draft of a policy statement on supporting long-term projects has been posted for comment at Currently, NEH funds 62 lang-term projects.

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Publication:PS: Political Science & Politics
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2000
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