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January 16, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) and Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) are pleased to announce that they will serve as Co-Chairs of the Congressional Humanities Caucus in the 114th Congress.

The Congressional Humanities Caucus, which was created in the 108th Congress, is a bipartisan group of Members committed to promoting the humanities.  The Caucus works closely with academic and civic organizations to support the humanities and social sciences.  The Caucus also helps Members and staff navigate the various federal humanities programs that enrich American intellectual and cultural life -- from the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Historic Publications and Records Commission to the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Smithsonian Institution.

“As a former political science professor, I know that the humanities are an important part of our national identity,even in the age of the iPhone,” said Congressman Price. “These disciplines shape our cultural and intellectual lives, providing a context for current policy debates and helping us understand our place in the world. I am pleased that Congressman Lance will join me in chairing the Caucus this Congress, and I hope that we find new opportunities to bring attention to the contribution that the humanities and social sciences make to American culture.”                                           

“The humanities are forever engrained in our nation’s fabric and the Caucus seeks to honor, promote and educate the country on the roots of our culture,” said Congressman Lance. “Some of the greatest art, music, poetry and prose come from the American imagination.  We must give current and future generations the support to learn the past in order to guide the future, conquer new genres and advance these major elements of our national life.  I look forward to working with Congressman Price on this new endeavor.”

Congressman Price formerly taught political philosophy and ethics at Duke University. In addition to co-chairing the Congressional Humanities Caucus for the past several years, he has been a longtime advocate for the arts. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, he has worked to protect funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Congressman Lance also serves as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus. He served on the New Jersey Council on the Humanities and was a trustee of the Newark Museum and the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. He previously chaired the annual Congressional Art Contest, a national competition for high school artists judged by Members of the House of Representatives.