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Thu Mar 2 23:59:09 UTC 1995
On 2-MAR-1995 09:06:42.3 RELIGION%HARVARDA.BITNET said to BAKULA
> X-To: Buddhist Academic Discussion Forum
> <buddha-l at ulkyvm.louisville.edu>
I thought Members of Indology-L would be very much interested in the
following posting with erudite commentary from my dear friend
Richard P. Hayes.
> Dear denizens of BUDDHA-L,
> As many of you will know from reading other lists, Mara's forces
> (known in the USA as the Republicans and in Canada under a variety
> of labels: Liberal Party, Reform Party, Bloc Quebecois, Progressive
> Conservative Party and New Democratic Party) have sewn hysteria
> and obsession with balanced budgets among our population. Among the
> many worthwhile programs to be given the nirvana option is the
> National Endowment for the Humanities.
> It must be admitted that I have a very difficult time being objective
> about the NEH, quite simply because I would not be in the academic
> world at all had it not been for their help. Twice during the long
> trek from graduation to permanent employment I kept naama and ruupa
> together by living on funds from NEH translation grants. These grants
> made it possible for me to continue doing academic research at a time
> when I had no other employment related to academic work. Now the fact
> that the NEH kept me in the academic world may be reason enough to
> disband it, but it must be remembered that it also sponsored the work
> of *good* scholars, many of whom are members of this list.
> It seems to me extremely unlikely that any commercial enterprise is
> likely to take the place of the NEH in sponsoring academically
> worthwhile work that has no commercial value. The kind of scholarship
> that the NEH has funded is very unlikely to be picked up either by
> the private sector or by State agencies. Many years ago, when Ronald
> Reagan was President, he said that government should only do those
> tasks that only government can do. At the time he said that, the first
> thought I had was that the NEH was a prime example of an agency that
> does a valuable service that that hardly anyone else (save perhaps a
> wealthy eccentric) would do. And yet the NEH was already marked for
> severe reductions in funding, and it was well known that several
> influential people in Washington felt particularly strongly that the
> NEH should be abolished (presumably because no one could figure out
> how to make a lucrative television mini-series out of some of the
> translations, dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances, educational
> software and other scholarly tools that they sponsored).
> Being a Canadian now, I no longer have much political leverage in the
> USA. Some of you do have such leverage. If you feel like using it in
>the debates over the future of the NEH, you may wish to use some of the
> information below, which I am forwarding from
>RELIGION at HarvardA.harvard. edu.
> Yours in belligerent gratitude,
> Richard P Hayes <cxev at musica.mcgill.ca>
> P.S. Some of you have expressed deep disapproval of my Republican
> bashing on this and other lists. May I suggest that if my occasional
> outbursts annoy you, you write your local Senator and member of
>Congress and suggest that they draft a constitutional amendment
>prohibiting the use of BUDDHA-L for making remarks critical of asinine
> --------------------------- Original Message
> Date: Wed, 1 Mar 1995 08:53:05 EST
> From: APCZYNSKI at SBU.EDU
> Subject: (Fwd) NEH update
> A member of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonvanture
> University has asked that I post the following message to
> scholarly lists to which I belong. It summarizes recent
> congressional actions regarding the NEH and notes upcoming
> deliberations. If you would like further information, there is an
> address you may contact at the end of the message.
> ------- Forwarded Message Follows -------
> Hearings tomorrow: the Senate committtee considering reauthorization
> has scheduled a public hearing tomorrow at 9:30am.
> Witnesses will include Sheldon Hackney, head of the NEH
> and a state Humanities Council chair.
> David Barry, Essex College
> Alberta Arthurs, Rockefeller Foundation
> Walter Burns, American Enterprise Institute
> Barry Gross, National Association of Scholars
> There is some chance that those hearings will be covered by C-Span.
> If you are interested in seeing the hearings, you may contact C-Span
> by e-mail: viewer at c-span.org.
> NEH is an important scholarly as well as a political issue. It
> funds 65% of all fellowships in the fields of history, literature,
> philosophy etc. Without NEH funding almost no great collaborative
> projects in the humanities would be possible. Members of MEDTEXTL
> probably already know many NEH supported projects, which include
> editions of works by Thomas Aquinas, William Ockham, John Duns Scotus,
> and William James; translation of works by Augustine; a data
> base of major Sanskrit texts; museum displays of Byzantine religious
> art; as well as many of the widely available electronic texts of the
> Jewish and Christian Bibles.
> On February 22, 1995, the House Appropriations Subcommittee voted
> to rescind $5 million from the 1994 NEH Budget. Defeated was a
> proposal by Sidney Yates to cut the budget by much less, $1 million;
> the vote was along party lines.
> This is the first of three separate issues affecting the NEH which
> will be considerd by Congress this year. The other two are the
> budget for 1995 and reauthorization.
> The process of dealing with reauthorization and the two budgets is
> expected to take a long time; it must be completed by September 30,
> Individuals or department wishing to support the reauthorization
> and continued funding of the NEH probably should send letters to
> their congressional delegations, explaining NEH's impact on their
> field and their university. In addition, they may send xerox
> copies of those letters to 36 other members of Congress, to the:
> 11 members of the House Committee considering budget issues,
> 11 members of the Senate Committee considering reauthorization &
> 14 key chairs, leaders, and ranking minority members.
> Names and addresses can be obtained by e-mail from
RANDREWS at SBU.edu.
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