Humanities, funding, and James Comey?

The humanities are at the center of the happenings going on in our nation’s capitol. As a grant writer for the College of Liberal Arts, it’s important to recognize.

I visited the National Endowment for the Humanities earlier this year.  My host there commented on the heightened security. She attributed to it the presence of the Federal Trade Commission, and “the lawyers,”  she groaned as she rolled her eyes.

I responded with a, “Oh, I don’t know, isn’t it ‘first kill all the poets?'”

My host smiled and said, “maybe so.”

I don’t know to whom that saying is attributed.  Whether it was poets or lawyers, either way, I was in a building with both.

Despite all the craziness coming out of DC, I was struck by how a recent press briefing focused on the interpretation of a poem.

On my other blog site that I keep for my personal writing, I just wrote a piece about the James Comey testimony and its Chaucerian significance.  The piece itself  bridges my personal and professional interests.



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